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Luke Walton won’t address Lakers job opening, says of Warriors: ‘I love my job here. I absolutely love it.’

Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton walks to the bench while playing against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton walks to the bench while playing against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton smiled as he deflected questions about head coaching openings and said he would only answer ones about the playoffs.

Asked about the Los Angeles Lakers job opening, the former Lakers player said, “All I’m worried about is the playoffs right now.”

Told he was among the coaches being mentioned for the Sacramento Kings job opening, he said, “Nice, it’s nice of them.”

Walton has also been linked to the New York Knicks’ possible opening if interim Kurt Rambis isn’t retained as head coach.

Walton spoke after he had been on the dais during the Coach of the Year press conference for Steve Kerr. Walton finished ninth in the voting, receiving one second-place vote and two third-place votes. He served as interim head coach when the Warriors went 39-4, including an NBA-record 24-0 start.

“I love my job here,” Walton said. “I absolutely love it. I love the playoff battles that we’re in right now. We’ve got prep work to do. Every bit of focus right now should be on the playoffs. So any questions I’m asked about anything else is a distraction in my opinion, and then I’m being selfish. So I’m not answering anything about anything except for our team and the playoffs.”

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Warriors rookie Kevon Looney undergoes surgery on his other hip

The newest member of the Golden State Warriors, Kevon Looney, 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., answers questions during a news conference at their practice facility in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 26, 2015. Looney was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

The newest member of the Golden State Warriors, Kevon Looney, 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., answers questions during a news conference at their practice facility in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 26, 2015. Looney was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors rookie forward Kevon Looney underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on Friday, according to the team.

The surgery in Vail, Colo. came eight months after the team’s first-round draft pick underwent a similar surgery on his right hip and a month after he had inflammation in the left hip.

Looney, 20, is expected to miss a minimum of another four to six months before returning to basketball activities, making him likely to miss the NBA Summer League.

The 30th overall draft pick, Looney played in five games for the Warriors and 12 games for their NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz this season.

A Warriors spokesman said the team had previously mistakenly listed Looney’s latest hip injury as his right hip instead of his left. The change was made Wednesday.

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Rockets’ James Harden should have been called for offensive foul before game-winning shot against Warriors

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON — Houston guard James Harden should have been called for an offensive foul before he hit the game-winning shot in the Rockets’ 97-96 win against the Warriors in Game 3 on Thursday, according to the NBA.

It was incorrect for officials not to call the foul on Harden for initiating contact with defender Andre Iguodala to create space, according to the league. A foul call would have given the Warriors the ball back with a 96-95 lead with five seconds left.

The Warriors benefited from a no-call as well, according to the league. Iguodala should have been called for a loose ball foul on the previous play defending an inbound pass that was stolen and led to an Ian Clark layup that gave the Warriors that 96-95 lead.

The NBA also reported its basketball operations department is reviewing the contact Draymond Green made with Beasley on an inbound with one second left and the Warriors forward looking to foul. Green threw Beasley to the ground in a foul that should have been called, according to the league.

The league assesses non-calls directly related to the outcome of possessions in the final two minutes of games within five points.

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Stephen Curry, Patrick Beverley get into scuffle in Game 1 of the playoffs

Patrick Beverley knew his job in the playoffs would be difficult. The Rockets point guard is tasked with guarding reigning league MVP Steph Curry. Even the league’s best defenders often fail to contain the Golden State point guard, who is averaging 30 points per game.

Not even six minutes into the first quarter of Saturday’s Game 1, things got chippy between Beverley and Curry. The two locked arms and exchanged shoves before Draymond Green intervened. Beverley and Curry both received technical fouls.

Beverley, who was Curry’s teammate on USA Basketball’s U19 team that won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Serbia in 2007, is a notoriously pesky defender. He has rustled up the likes of Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. Now Curry can be added to that list.

Beverley checked out of the game towards the end of the second quarter. The crowd inside Oracle Arena has booed the point guard every time he’s touched the ball on Saturday.

Golden State currently has a 60-33 lead over Houston at halftime.

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Clippers’ Doc Rivers jokes about Warriors owner Joe Lacob comments: ‘Good to be smarter than everybody’

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers leaves the floor at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers leaves the floor at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked about Warriors owner Joe Lacob’s recent comments to the New York Times Magazine about the defending champions being “light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things.”

“Just good to be smarter than everybody, you know?” Rivers joked on the Dan Le Batard Show on Friday. “It’s nice. It’s a nice place to be.

“But listen, when you win, you can talk. You know what they say, ‘To the victor go the spoils,’ and so you know, they’re the champs. Listen, they won 73 games. They’re obviously doing something right. You know and so you can’t say much about it until you beat them…You know what, if we win it, I’m going to have all kinds of things to say just like Joe.”

Rivers laughed.

Asked about Stephen Curry being ahead of everyone else, Rivers joked: “It’s from the planning that Joe Lacob’s doing. Clearly.”

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Rockets’ Daryl Morey on possibly pulling off upset against Warriors in NBA playoffs: ‘We do have a solid chance’

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinks his team has what it takes to upset the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

“We do have a solid chance,” Morey told SportsTalk 790 on Thursday, adding that it would be hard to consider it a good chance.

“We’ve played good teams better (recently). We have players who are peaking at the right time. We have a team that’s shown that it can come together and play very high-level basketball, so we’re excited for the playoffs. We’re excited to take on what obviously will be a big challenge.”

The Warriors are coming off the best regular season in NBA history with a 73-9 record while the eighth-seeded Rockets finished 41-41.

The Warriors defeated the Rockets in five games in the Western Conference finals last season and more recently swept their three-game season series. Including the postseason, the Warriors have won 11 of their past 12 games against the Rockets.

“We were in a close game in Golden State, gave them one of their best games this year,” Morey said of the Warriors’ 123-110 win on Feb. 9.

“We feel like obviously this is going to be a very tough series. We can’t hide from that. We know they’re an unbelievable team. We know if it’s going to be a series that if we do manage to win will be close. It’s not like we’re going to win it going away or anything like that.”

Morey said he expected the Rockets’ coaching staff to come up with some new wrinkles on defense to guard Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors.

“We’re very hard to game plan for,” Morey said. “You don’t know what looks we’re going to throw at you.

“They call the NBA playoffs a chess series, so we have a lot of different chess pieces to throw at Golden State.”

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Charles Barkley guarantees Golden State Warriors will not repeat as NBA champions

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green (23) begin to celebrate their National Basketball Association championship as they defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green (23) begin to celebrate their National Basketball Association championship as they defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

TNT analyst Charles Barkley still doesn’t believe in the Warriors.

“I’m telling you right now, I’m guaranteeing the Warriors will not win the world championship,” Barkley told Ernie Johnson on Tuesday’s Inside the NBA.

Later in the show, the Hall of Fame player said, “If the Golden State Warriors win a championship, I will get on my knees and congratulate them. Because let me tell you something. Regardless of what y’all say, if you go back and actually look at the playoffs last year, they did not play one team that was healthy in the playoffs.”

Barkley did predict the Warriors would reach an NBA-record 73rd win Wednesday.

“Who are they playing?” Barkley asked.

Told it was the Memphis Grizzlies, Barkley replied, “Hey, the only thing good about Memphis is Beale Street.”