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28mKevin Pelton

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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4hMike Mazzeo

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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11hBrian Windhorst

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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21hKevin Pelton

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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Nets coach provides keen insight on Jack

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
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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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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

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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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

If you have kids who are, say, 11 and 8 ... you better know what Stance socks are unless you want to get laughed out of your own house

New official sock of the NBA
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All players will wear Stance socks in their team's colors while on the court. Said executive VP of business development Clarke Miyasaki: "All we do is socks and we're committed to making the best for the best players in the world." (via ESPN's Darren Rovell)

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Butler quietly posting huge numbers
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Through four games in the first round, Jimmy Buckets is averaging 28.3 points per game. That'd be good for the highest first-round Bulls average of all time if not for a gentleman named Michael Jordan.

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NBA playoff games tonight (ET)
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  • Hawks at Nets, 7 p.m. (Hawks lead 2-1)
  • Bucks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (Bulls lead 3-1)
  • Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (Grizzlies lead 3-0)

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Kevin Love's timetable to return
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What the MRI shows on Kevin Love's shoulder will determine how long he'll be out, but if he does come back this season, Dr. Michael Kaplan said: "He's going to be a little nervous about it if he comes back too early. ... I would think not before a few weeks."

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