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Abdul-Jabbar undergoes heart surgery
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Thursday, on his 68th birthday, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery. The hospital released a statement that said the surgery was successful and Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery.

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Barnes' son chooses Curry over Clips
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According to his Instagram, Matt Barnes' sons had to dress up as someone they look up to for school today. One of the boys repped his dad. The other, well, as Barnes said, "will be put up for adoption next week." He was kidding, of course.

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@sagesteele

Getting set for our 1hr @NBA playoff preview show..breaking down every single matchup! 10et on @Espn w @jalenrose & Coach Collins

Royce Young @royceyoung

Russell Westbrook was named Western Conference player of the month for April, his third consecutive player of the month.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

NBA adding referees calls to play by play record for fans. David Stern complained about conspiracy theories. Adam Silver dismantles them

NBA cap could pass $100M by 2017-18

Sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that, based on current projections, league officials expect the salary cap to increase from its current $63.1M figure to $67.1M next season, $89M in 2016-17 and $108M in 2017-18. Salaries set to skyrocket

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Kevin McHale just said on 790-AM Houston he's liking what he's seeing from Clint Capela. He could get more PT vs Dallas.

Popovich on Splitter: 'He's progressing'

Spurs C Tiago Splitter participated in practice Friday, but coach Gregg Popovich was unsure if Splitter would play Sunday: "I don't deal in levels of `happy' and `optimistic' and `sad' and `concerned' and all that sort of thing." Game 1 in doubt

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History says Spurs needed 2 seed
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San Antonio would have been the 2 seed had it won on the final day of the regular season. Instead, the Spurs fell to 6, which could be bad news:

  • The Spurs have won the title 40% of the time they've been a top-two seed during the Duncan era.
  • San Antonio has failed to even reach the conference finals 71% of the time they've been a 3 seed or lower in the same span.

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Everybody love everybody, maybe

David Thorpe on Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and squabbling with teammates: "Can [the Clippers] do what the Celtics did a few years back and put their difference aside for three months or so ... ignore the differences until the day after [they] win the championship?"

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Mark Cuban endorses Harden for MVP
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"James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. ... James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.” Cuban on Rockets rivalry

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Howard laughs off 'soft' label

“Basically when I hear it, I just laugh because if they knew all the things that I’ve been through on the floor, playing through the injuries I played through with the back, a torn labrum, knee issue, cracked sternum, I never complained about it."

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Same old Spurs
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San Antonio finished the season on a 21-4 run, becoming a championship favorite in the process. So what changed down the stretch? Said Tony Parker: "Nothing. We do the same thing every year and people bury us every year."

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

James Harden said no comment when told Mark Cuban comments about Rockets being not that good. Josh Smith said team isn't trash talking.

Parsons hopeful for Saturday
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Mavs F Chandler Parsons is expecting to play in Game 1 vs. the Rockets after missing the final six games of the regular season with a sore right knee. Parsons averaged 15.7 PPG in his first season with Dallas.

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Bulls' Game 1 injury report vs. Bucks

For Saturday's game:

  • Kirk Hinrich (left knee) is questionable
  • Joakim Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) is probable
  • Taj Gibson (left shoulder) is probable
  • Derrick Rose (left knee) is probable

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

I'm hearing the Clippers are exploring changing their logo, colors and uniforms and could introduce changes as early as this summer.

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider

Rest of draft order: 15. ATL (via BKN), 16. BOS 17. MIL 18. HOU (via NO) 19. WAS 20. TOR 21. DAL 22. CHI 23. POR 24. CLE 25.MEM 26. SAS

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider

If neither team wins the lottery, the Pacers will pick 11th, the Jazz will pick 12th in the 2015 NBA Draft

Ian Begley @IanBegley

It doesn't sound like Adam Silver is interested in taking any action re: teams resting star players who are healthy during the season