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Hawks flying early in Game 1

Atlanta has grabbed the early advantage over Washington in Game 1. (live on ABC & ESPN3).

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Hawks go on a run

Following Jeff Teague's injury, the Hawks went on a 17-6 run (6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point in that stretch). Atlanta currently leads the Wizards 37-26 at the end of the 1st. Watch Live

Russillo @ryenarussillo

The Atlanta bigs are going to get anywhere they want vs. the Nene/Gortat lineup. I think Milsap/Hoford got so excited it led to TO's.

Pierce picking it up early

Paul Pierce had five points in the 1st quarters combined -- just 2-of-8 shooting -- in the series against Raptors. He has the first 7 points for the Wizards today. Live on ABC, WatchESPN

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Too much being made about Smallball Wiz lineup. Hawks morph easily, especially with Millsap. Horford guards perimeter better than any big.

Watch: Game 1, Wizards-Hawks, 1 p.m. ET

The Hawks are 1-14 in Game 1 of conference semis dating back to 1970-71. And the Wizards are seeking their first conference semifinal series win since 1979 -- when they beat the Hawks. Live on ABC, WatchESPN

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Hornets want own D-League team

Charlotte has previously shared a D-League affiliate with one or more NBA teams. Said president Fred Whitfield: "We view player development is critical. We think this is a great opportunity for our basketball people to have complete autonomy and control of ... that." (via Charlotte Observer)

Any dogs in the house?

NBA analyst Bruce Bowen is so pumped for these NBA playoffs, he coined a new catch phrase, dog bark and all.


Round 2: Clippers meet the Rockets

With the Game 7 win over the defending-champion Spurs on Saturday, the Clippers will face a Rockets team they outscored in the four times they met this season -- though the season series is split.


Today's slate of games: •Hawks/Wizards, 1pm EST, ABC •Warriors/Grizzlies, 330pm EST, ABC

Wizards get Garrett Temple back

Temple has been sidelined since early March with a hamstring injury, but he'll be available for Game 1 vs. the Hawks the today. The guard averaged 3.9 ppg this season.

ICYMI: Paul's series-ender against Spurs

Much was made before tip of what Game 7 could mean for Chris Paul's legacy. This shot with everything on the line was the only response CP3 needed as he ended the Spurs' season.


Towns likes Phil Jackson's 'presence'

Said Karl-Anthony Towns: "As a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. ... If I have the opportunity to ever play for the Knicks, that's what I would love to do." (via NY Post)

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Chris Paul: Shame to see Spurs done

The respect and admiration between Paul and Tim Duncan runs deep. "I've known Tim Duncan since I was 11 years old," Paul said. "Everybody knows the Wake Forest connection ... but Tim's been like a mentor and big brother to me."