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12hMarc Stein

Sources: NBA cap could pass $100M by 2017-18

At this week's NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York, teams were advised ‚Äéthat the league's salary cap could rise past the $100 million mark as soon as the 2017-18 season, sources said.

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13hKevin Arnovitz

Hawks face their unwitting benefactor

The 2012 deal of Joe Johnson helped make the Hawks' success this season possible. Now Atlanta faces Brooklyn, hoping to earn the biggest dividend.

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22hKirk Goldsberry

Maverick: Cuban on playoffs, more

Talking with Dallas owner Mark Cuban about the playoffs, the Rockets rivalry, Rajon Rondo, Tim Donaghy and his 15 outspoken, wild and successful years in the NBA.

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


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.


Toronto's pumped for playoff basketball

The fans at Maple Leaf Square appear fired up for Raptors basketball. Watch it on ESPN/WatchESPN


Warriors now betting favorite for title

Golden State has overtaken the Cavs, according to the latest odds from Westgate.

  • Warriors 7-4
  • Cavaliers 12-5
  • Spurs 5-1
  • Hawks 12-1
  • Bulls 14-1

What to expect in the East

Will the Bucks' lack of playoff experience hurt them? Can LeBron James make it a perfect 10-0 in first-round series?


What to expect in the West

Whose hot streak will come to an end first in the Clippers-Spurs series? Can Portland go deep in the playoffs without Wesley Matthews?


John Wall with the block

Kyle Lowry thought he'd end the first quarter with an extra two points but the Wizards PG had other ideas.


End of 1Q in Raptors-Wizards

John Wall finished off the first quarter by blocking Kyle Lowry. The point guards have just two points each in this first-round series. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN


Raptors GM responds to Pierce

At a pregame rally, Masai Ujiri told thousands of fans that "I don't give a s--- about it," referencing Paul Pierce's recent ESPN interview saying Toronto was lacking the "it" factor.

Ugly early in Wizards-Raptors

The two teams are shooting a combined 4-21 (19%) from the field in the early going. The Raptors have a 7-5 lead. Watch live

'Pitch Perfect' playoffs are here

The regular season is over, so what better way to tip off an aca-awesome postseason than with Raptors star Kyle Lowry and the Barden Bellas from Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" (in theaters May 15). Watch the promo

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Watch: Raptors vs. Wizards, 12:30 p.m. ET

The 4-seed Raptors haven't advanced in the postseason since 2001, and even though they won all three meetings with the 5-seed Wizards this season, the Raptors are 0-6 all-time in Game 1s in the first round. Live on ESPN and WatchESPN

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Drake (Coachella) out for Raptors game

Rapper and Raptors team ambassador Drake is not expected to be present for Game 1 today at 12:30 ET (on ESPN/WatchESPN) due to a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He's probable for Game 2.

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Noah: 'No restrictions' on minutes

Joakim Noah, who missed the last two games, told reporters that he won't be limited for Game 1 tonight against the Bucks (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).


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Happy playoffs, folks. If the postseason lives up to the regular season, we're all in for a treat.

Saturday's tip-offs

The NBA postseason is here, with things tipping off up north:

  • Wizards at Raptors, 12:30 ET, ESPN
  • Pelicans at Warriors, 3:30 ET, ABC
  • Bucks at Bulls, 7 ET, ESPN
  • Mavericks at Rockets, 9:30 ET, ESPN

Chandler Parsons understands the boos

The guard left Houston to join the Mavs last offseason, and the former Magic season-ticket holder said he can relate to the boos: "That's just how the world works. ... I booed Shaq when he came back. I booed T-Mac when he came back." The Mavs plays the Rockets in Game 1 tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. (via ESPN Dallas)

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