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Rose's inconsistency based on rest

Derrick Rose's inconsistent play so far isn't a fluke. Stats show Rose's productivity is directly tied to the amount of rest he's had between playoff games.

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Lopez's play gives Nets a fighting chance

If Brooklyn has any chance of evening the series against Atlanta -- let alone pulling off the upset -- expect a heavy dose of Brook Lopez.

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Mavs run past Rockets to avoid sweep (1:47)

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Kevin Love injured on malicious play? (2:32)

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Raptors face tough offseason decisions

After a first-round sweep by the Wizards, the Raptors have some difficult offseason choices to make in the wake of a disappointing finish

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Roster Reload: Celtics

Kevin Pelton looks at how the Boston Celtics could reload their roster for 2015-16, noting the team has a lot of good young players returning and some cap space to work with.

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Butler emerging as Bulls' leader
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Jimmy Butler is averaging 28.3 PPG in the playoffs against the Bucks. That would be the most in a first-round series by any Bulls player not named Michael Jordan.

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"It starts with making his catches tough." - Coach Bud on defending Brook Lopez, saying it needs to be a team effort

Nets coach provides keen insight on Jack
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Brooklyn's Lionel Hollins has a wry sense of humor, and Nets guard Jarrett Jack is his latest target. Asked about Jack's play in the Nets' Game 3 win, Hollins quipped, "He made plays for other people. Usually, he just shoots the ball."

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Lowry not exactly praising coach Casey

At Toronto's season wrap-up news conference, PG Kyle Lowry was asked about coach Dwane Casey's future with the Raptors: "I respect Casey as a man. ... At the end of the day, like I said, it’s not my choice, it’s not my decision. ... if he's the coach, I'm a player."

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Raptors PG: We need more trash talk

After the Raptors were swept by Paul Pierce and the Wizards in the first round, Greivis Vasquez thinks trash talk like Pierce's is exactly what Toronto needs: "We don't have that. We're all good guys that just don't want to [trash talk]."

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The league looked into a potential punch thrown by Tyson Chandler on Sunday against Dwight Howard and ruled no punch occurred.

Greivis Vasquez: 'We need a Paul Pierce'
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After being swept by Pierce and the Wizards on Sunday, the Raptors PG said Toronto lacks a trash-talker.

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'Standard' for Love to get 2nd opinion
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ESPN's Brian Windhorst on Kevin Love: "When you have an injury like [Love's], where there's different treatment options, different return options, you want to build a consensus."

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Jae Crowder has sprained ACL
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The Celtics announced today that the forward has a sprained left ACL sustained when Cleveland's J.R. Smith backhanded Crowder in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs. He is not expected to undergo surgery.

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ESPN On Snapchat Discover live
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After being swept by the Wizards, the Raptors joined a woeful list of division winners who have been swept in the first round. To find out who else makes the list, check out today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

At practice I see GSW's analytics guy, head advanced scout and head security guy rebounding for players. All hands on deck

Kevin Love seeking second opinion
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According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the prognosis on Kevin Love's shoulder may be delayed as the Cavs PF seeks a second opinion.

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Kevin Love: Not a basketball play
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The Cavs' star on Kelly Olynyk's foul that resulted in his shoulder injury: "I thought it was a bush-league play. ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose."

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Mike Conley undergoes facial surgery
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The Grizzlies PG is out indefinitely after undergoing facial surgery today from fractures sustained in Game 3 vs. the Trail Blazers when he inadvertently took an elbow to the face. Memphis can sweep the series tonight with a win.

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