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Which Grizzlies team shows up in Game 1?

Will Memphis play like the team that was the West's No. 2 seed for much of the season or the one that slipped to No. 5? Portland finds out tonight in Game 1.

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Cavaliers take Game 1 from Celtics (1:29)

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Long ago, Rivers almost broke up Pop and Spurs

Clippers coach Doc Rivers downplays his role, but there were two times when he nearly had a hand in unknowingly derailing what became a dynasty.

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James Harden led the league in minutes (2:39)

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Thaddeus Young in best supporting role

The Nets squeaked into the playoffs with the help of a young veteran who filled in the gaps for a struggling team

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From where will Brow's help come?

The Pelicans received one of the most dominant scoring debuts ever, but the uncertain status of Tyreke Evans may leave Anthony Davis with little help.

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How The West Will Be Won

This season's Western Conference might be the best the game has ever seen. Want to reach the promised land? You'll have to survive the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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Blazers are on restriction
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Portland's shooting woes have been especially bad everywhere except right at the rim, as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge can attest. The two Blazers starts are a combined 0-for-11 outside the restricted area as the Grizzlies continue to cruise. Follow live

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No answer for Beno from Blazers

Beno Udrih has 8 points off the bench, all on jumpers, to help the Grizzlies to a 10-point lead after the first. Portland's 25% shooting ties a season low for a quarter, and the Blazers' 15 points tops their worst quarter of the year by just 3 points. Follow live

Atlanta, Korver carve out win
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Kyle Korver scored a game-high 21 points in the Hawks' 99-92 win over the Nets. Atlanta is 5-0 against Brooklyn this season and has won 5 of its past 6 Game 1s.

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Tony Allen returns for Grizzlies

After missing 3 weeks as he recovered from a hamstring injury, Allen has checked in for the Grizzlies with less than 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Follow live

Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

Great win for the home team tonight Korver red hot from 3 as always great ball movement now that's hawks basketball

Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

"Good aggressiveness, good execution by Jeff (Teague)." - Coach Bud on Jeff scoring at the end

Is good start a bad omen for Hawks?

You'd think that it's always a good thing to win Game 1, as the Hawks did against the Nets, but that hasn't been the case for Atlanta lately. Each of the last 3 times the Hawks won the first game of a postseason series, Atlanta went on to lose that series (2011 second round, 2012 first round, 2014 first round).

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Randolph took a blow in the mouth on that first basket against Aldridge and has a cut. Been bleeding for 4mins before officials noticed

Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Blazers starting bench spark-plug CJ McCollum at SG in Game 1. He’s got three starts all year but has been hot: 13.5 ppg in last 15 games.

Grizzlies, Blazers set to slog it out

Is Memphis ready to get back to playoff form after struggling since the All-Star break? "The thing about flipping switches is some people can do it, some people cannot," coach Dave Joerger said. "But generally when you try to do it and do not have a consistency behind you ... it can be short-lived." Follow live

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Hawks fend off Nets in Game 1

Brooklyn had the ball with 26 seconds remaining down just 5, but Atlanta shut down the Nets' after the timeout and secured a 99-92 win. The Atlanta crowd vociferously booed former Hawk Joe Johnson for the entire game. Box score

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