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Brad Stevens, joking, about finishing 4th in the Coach of the Year balloting ahead of 5th place Popovich: "That's just bad voting"

Riley and LeBron, two peas in a pod

If Pat Riley is still irked at LeBron James, he doesn't understand how similar they are, Brian Windhorst writes: "While surely loyalty is a valuable thing, it's iffy that it's a thing Riley would harp on. His brilliance has very often been in creating and seizing opportunity." Shopped 'Heat Lifer'

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Stevens on Cavaliers' shooting from long ramge: "We've got to do a better job on the transition 3s."

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge paid ultimate respect to former mentor Zach Randolph's play style: "He's mastered the art of not getting off the ground."

Coach of the Year vote was a Spurs fest
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One coached under Gregg Popovich for nearly two decades in San Antonio. The other won two rings as a player for Popovich. Together, Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr were head and shoulders above the pack in voters' eyes.

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Blazers' Batum takes blame for sign

Nicolas Batum confirmed the "We don't lose to Spanish players" line in a Portland motivational sign referred to the basketball rivalry between Spain and France. "I apologize if I hurt some people," Batum said Tuesday. "But I have total respect for Marc Gasol. He knows that." 'No take' from Gasol

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Hawks make history

The Hawks are the first team in NBA history with four All-Stars and the Coach of the Year in the same season.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron is 19 pts from passing J.West for 7th in all-time playoff scoring & 3 stls from passing R.Horry for 10th in all-time playoff steals

LeBron responds to Pat Riley
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A day after the Heat president said there are "no more smiling faces with hidden agendas" in the organization, LeBron brushed off the comments: “I don’t care about nonsense. … I lock in right now and I don’t need nothing creeping into my mind for no reason that doesn’t need to be there."

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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Blazers' Nic Batum apologizes for Spanish players remark on card: "I apologize if I hurt some people. I have total respect for Marc Gasol."

Gasol not dwelling on Blazers' message
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A laminated card in the Blazers' locker room Sunday included the phrase, "We don't lose to Spanish players." Marc Gasol via The Oregonian: "I have better things to think about than what they're writing on the wall. They've had Spanish players on their team in the past." What else was on the card

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Mike Budenholzer continues Pop Legend
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Four of the last 7 NBA Coach of the Year award winners have been either Gregg Popovich or someone from the Popovich coaching tree. Mike Budenholzer served as an assistant coach under Popovich from 1996-2013.

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Suns' Morris twins charged in assault

Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris are among five men indicted in the alleged assault of a 36-year-old man after an incident on Jan. 24 at a local recreation center. Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. Story

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Mike Budenholzer thanks Gregg Popovich
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The Coach of the Year, a longtime assistant of Popovich's, said the Spurs coach prepared him: "And I think that's ultimately what the role of a coach is: To prepare his team, to prepare a player, or to prepare a person for their opportunity. And I just want to thank Pop for preparing me for this opportunity."

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OTD: Bulls finish season 72-10
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On April 21, 1996, Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 103-93, finishing the regular season 72-10, the best record in NBA history. The team was no fluke, either -- it went on to beat Seattle in the Finals for its fourth of six titles in eight seasons.

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Going through Bogut stats. Teams take only 28.3% of their shots at the rim when he's in, 35.5% when he's out. And they funnel guys to him

LeBron aiming to keep the streak
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The Cavaliers look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics today while LeBron James looks to keep an impressive streak going. His teams have won 10 straight first-round games and are 25-3 in first-round games over the last seven postseasons.

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LeBron: All my energy goes toward team
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NBA reporter Mark Schwarz talks about Heat president Pat Riley taking a stab at LeBron, and the star replying, "I don't care about nonsense."

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LeBron unaware of Pat Riley's jab

The Heat president told reporters Monday there are "no more smiling faces with hidden agendas" in the Heat organization. LeBron, whose playoff tradition of avoiding social media is in full swing, said: "My concern is Game 2. I have no notion of what transpired yesterday."

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ESPN in Snapchat Discover Live
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On this date, in 1996, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls set an unbelievable NBA record that still stands to this day. Check out today’s edition of ESPN on Snapchat Discover to see how truly dominant this team was.

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Nikola Mirotic unlikely for Game 3
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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said the rookie has a quad strain and a swollen knee but doesn't have a concussion after taking an elbow to the head from Milwaukee's ZaZa Pachulia, per ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell.

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Thibs says it's going to be a few days for Mirotic. Doesn't want to put timeline on it. But sounds very unlikely for Game 3.