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Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton

Draft fits for Knicks, Lakers, Sixers, Wolves

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Kupchak says next season will be Kobe's last (2:41)

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The Hawks can play a lot better (6:21)

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Jimmy Butler Joins SportsNation (1:13)
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Will the Derrick Rose of old return?

Derrick Rose is optimistic about his health after playing throughout this past postseason and says he's ready to push his body harder than ever.

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Advantage Curry (0:37)

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Behind the scenes at the NBA Draft Lottery (1:49)

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MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

Paul Millsap is sooo out of sync on offense. 4pts on 2/7fg. And Cavs are not even close to being an elite defensive team.

Ex-Knicks getting it done

Cleveland is getting a boost once again from its New York connection. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have combined for 12 points, helping the Cavs take a 48-40 lead over the Hawks late in the second quarter. Follow live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Cavs +8 with small lineups so far, though those have mostly gone against less effective non-starting lineups for the Hawks.

Hawks not going away

The Cavs stretch their lead to 10 early in the second quarter, but the Hawks used an 8-0 run to cut it back down to 2. Cleveland now leads 38-33 midway through the quarter. Follow live

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Enter The Matrix

Shawn Marion checked in late in the first quarter and is on the floor to begin the second quarter in Game 2. It's his first action since Game 2 of the conference semis. He's played only 12 minutes this postseason entering tonight. Follow live

Carroll can't slow down LeBron

LeBron James has been defended by DeMarre Carroll on 6 of his 9 first-quarter plays (66.7 percent). James scored 7 of his 13 points with Carroll as his primary defender on 3-of-5 shooting (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Unconscionable that the Hawks would allow Bazemore to guard LeBron out on an island like that....no help

Hawks can't solve LeBron, shooting

LeBron James has 13 points, giving the Cavaliers a 26-21 lead in Game 2. The Hawks shot just 8-for-21 (38.1%) in the first quarter. Follow live

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron goes airborn and Antic takes him down with a shove to the shoulder. LeBron's L leg got caught under him a bit on the fall.

Korver active early

Kyle Korver is 3-for-7 from the field, tied for the most shots he's taken in a quarter this season. He has a game-high eight points and the Hawks and Cavs are even at 15-15 late in the first quarter. Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

That fast break was a good example of Korver gravity. J.R. Smith had to stay close, creating a 2-on-1 in the paint.

LeBron outscoring Hawks

Without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, much of the scoring load falls on LeBron James, and he's been up to the task so far. He has 7 points to Atlanta's 5, and the Cavs have an 11-5 lead midway through the first quarter. Follow live

Carroll starting in must-win for Hawks

DeMarre Carroll will start for Atlanta in Game 2 vs. Cleveland, which will be playing without Kyrie Irving. No team has ever lost the first 2 conference finals games at home and come back to win the series. Follow live

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Getting ready for Game 2 with a look back

Counting the minutes until the Hawks and Cavs tip off in Atlanta? Take an all-access look at the exciting Eastern Conference finals Game 1 and watch J.R. Smith catch fire as the Hawks tried to battle the flames.

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DeMarre Carroll to start

Despite suffering a bone bruise in his knee in Game 1, DeMarre Carroll will start Game 2 for the Hawks. Carroll is averaging 16.2 PPG and 6.4 RPG this postseason.

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Dellavedova takes Irving's place

With Kyrie Irving out for Game 2 with left knee tendinitis, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start for the Cavs. Dellavedova is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 assists in 18.8 minutes per game in the postseason, and 65.3 percent of all of his shots have been 3-pointers. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET

Kobe's Laker longevity nearly unrivaled

If 2015-16 is Kobe Bryant's last season with L.A., it would complete a 20-year stint for the Black Mamba with the Lakers. That would be the longest tenure for a player to have with a franchise in NBA history.