Chad Ford's 'Grade: A' mock draft
Chad Ford does his best Mel Kiper imitation and lays out the perfect pick for every team in next month's NBA draft. He loves Karl-Anthony Towns for the Wolves if they end up with the No. 1 pick. All 60 picks (Insider)
Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins
Ginobili taking month to decide future
Manu Ginobili, 37, to La Nacion: "It is not about whether I can play. It is about how do you feel or how hard is it to set your bag to travel to each city or to play five games in a week. Or playing 85 games in 165 days. So, this is a moment of uncertainty."
Report: Cavs to start Tristan Thompson
Thompson will start at power forward in tonight's Game 2 and Mike Miller will move back to a reserve role. Thompson will pair with LeBron James and Timofey Mozgov in the frontcourt. Cleveland trails the Bulls in the series 1-0. (via ESPN and media reports)
The big 3-0 for Chris Paul!
Happy 30th birthday, CP3! We can guess what he'd like -- to have his hamstring cooperate and allow him to play in Game 2 tonight against the Rockets, to take a 2-0 series lead home to L.A., to dish out, like, a million assists, etc.
Isiah Thomas: Just come enjoy the game
Thomas addresses past sexual harassment allegations while working for the Knicks and his current role as part owner and president of the New York Liberty, saying, "There's a great movement that's happening in this country, and it's called women's basketball."
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Rose on Butler: "This is the matchup (against LBJ) right here that could definitely build his confidence as far as being a superstar player"
Huge Game 2 on the line for Bulls, Cavs
In NBA history, teams in best-of-7 series have fallen behind 0-2 on 268 occasions. Only 16 teams -- or 6% -- have come back to win the series. The Cavs face that danger tonight when they take on the Bulls, who lead the series 1-0.
NBA top plays of the night
Wizards G Ramon Sessions took on Hawks big man Al Horford beneath the net and finished with a nice layup high off the glass. Also -- the Splash Brothers on the receiving end of a top play? It happened.
Streaks snapped in Warriors' loss
Golden State lost at home for the first time since Jan. 23 in Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies, and 90 points are the fewest the Warriors have scored at home since March 2014.
Curry donates car, to be on Wheaties box
Steph Curry donated the car that came with the NBA MVP award to a local youth center. Said the center's CEO: "The kids have already made a thank-you video." Curry will also be featured on a Wheaties box next month. The Warriors star is "thrilled" to join many of his "childhood heroes" on the box.
Crazy Stat of Day: The Grizzlies are only the third team all season to win at Golden State, joining the Bulls and the Spurs.
Dwight Howard not worried about shots
On his only 3 shots in Game 1's 4th quarter, he says: "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more. ... not focus so much on if I'm getting the ball or not."
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Bulls sound confident and ready this morning. Everybody looks focused again. We'll see how it shakes out tonight.
Bulls hope history vs. LeBron changes
The previous two times the Bulls won Game 1 against a LeBron James-led team, James' teams closed out the series with four straight wins. Can this Bulls team change that trend? We'll see in Game 2 tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Big game for DeMarre Carroll in Hawks' win. He is 1st Hawks player with 6 straight 20-point games in postseason since Dominique Wilkins
Johnson gives award to Scott daughters
At last night's Sports Emmy Awards, TNT's Ernie Johnson gave his "Best Studio Host" award to Stuart Scott's daughters, who lost their father to cancer in January. Taelor and Sydni attended the event on behalf of Stuart, who earlier was honored for his service and dedication to sports media. Class act
Conley is a difference-maker
The Grizzlies improved to 4-0 this postseason in games Mike Conley plays. With the Game 2 loss, the Warriors now have a 69% chance to win the series, according to ESPN's BPI. Had they won Tuesday, they would have had a 92% chance.
ICYMI: Grizzlies too much for Warriors
Eight days after surgery to repair facial fractures, Mike Conley led all scorers with 22 points as the Grizzlies shut down the Warriors' fast-paced offense in a 97-90 win. Memphis is just the 3rd team to win in Oakland this season.
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
First-team all defense.
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Entering Tuesday, the Ducks (NHL), Wizards (NBA) and Warriors (NBA) were the only unbeaten teams in their sports this postseason. No longer.