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12hBaxter Holmes

Aldridge following in Randolph's footsteps

Long before they faced off against each other in this year's first round, Zach Randolph paved the way at power forward in Portland for LaMarcus Aldridge.

14hTim MacMahon

Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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21hZach Lowe

Lowe: Fear old-school Rose

The dynamic version of Derrick Rose has returned. And Bulls' opponents should be very afraid.

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1dDave McMenamin

J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption

Cavs newcomer J.R. Smith set the tone before the ball was tipped in Game 3. His special flair is being embraced as endearing rather than dubious.

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The Michael Carter-Williams Project (5:00)

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Can YOU fix the NBA Draft?

The NBA draft could use some serious fixing. It's your turn to help.


Rick Carlisle fined $25K for criticizing refs

The Mavericks coach was especially upset by a play in the 4th where he said Dwight Howard threw Devin Harris into the Mavs' bench: "The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there's too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can't happen in Game 4."


Danny Green @DGreen_14

Big birthday shoutout to greatest power forward to ever play the game and still doin it...Timmy D

ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

Tim Duncan hasn’t aged a bit! To celebrate his 39th birthday on Saturday, check out a then and now of “The Big Fundamental” in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Davis still 'dwelling on' Game 3 loss

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans lost a 20-point, 4th-quarter lead to the Warriors in Game 3 and now face elimination in tonight's Game 4. "It's been tough, not just on me -- organization, team, coaches ... But now we know we've got to focus on the game tonight and try to get a win."


Boston Celtics @celtics

Stevens on Sullinger, who's probable for Game 4: "Sully has a bruised tailbone. He was unable to get up and down the court today."

LeBron wants more than first-round win

LeBron James will improve to 10-0 in first-round series in his NBA career if the Cavaliers defeat the Celtics on Sunday, according to Elias. That would be just the first part of his quest, though: James is seeking to become the first player in NBA history to appear in 5 consecutive NBA Finals while playing for 2 different teams.

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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

A note on Kawhi's alley-oop: the Spurs had one (1) alley-oop the entire playoffs last season. Like seeing a SHOOTING star.

Lack of depth dooms Clippers

ESPNLA's Arash Markazi: "There were many reasons why the Spurs blew out the Clippers 100-73 on Friday to take a 2-1 series lead. The Clippers' lack of depth may not be the one that grabs the headlines, but it's why the Clippers' postseason was always destined to fall short of expectations."

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

No team has ever come back from 0-3 to win an NBA playoff series (0-110). So, with the #Nets down 0-2, Game 3 is a pretty big game.

Lowry & Raptors down and almost out

Kyle Lowry is playing through back and shin injuries and a cold, which has contributed to his 10-for-42 shooting as the Raptors are down 3-0 vs. Washington. “At the end of the day I’ve still got to go out there and play. That’s why we get paid to play.” Scene from losing locker room

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Blatt on coaching big playoff games overseas: "I've been hit in the head by a few thrown objects in my day"

Aldridge taking after Z-Bo

Long before they faced each other in this year's playoffs, Zach Randolph paved the way for LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland. Aldridge: "People always called me 'soft,' but Z-Bo never did. In practice, I would go at it. I wasn't strong enough to bang, but I would bang with him as much as I could." A shared history

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OTD: Jordan wins another scoring title

On this date 22 years ago, Michael Jordan captured his seventh straight NBA scoring title (32.6 PPG), tying Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record. Jordan also led the league in steals (2.8 SPG) that season.

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Happy birthday, Tim Duncan!

Despite tying his career playoff low with 4 points Friday night, Tim Duncan should be having a happy 39th birthday today with his Spurs leading the Clippers in the series 2-1.

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