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Tim Duncan: Always happy to help

On Tim Duncan's 39th birthday Saturday, ex-NBAer Etan Thomas took to Facebook to describe how The Big Fundamental schooled him on the court,

Etan Thomas

Dave McMenamin @mcten

When given the chance to ask a 2nd Q in the pregame presser, Scalabrine expanded on his identification: "Scal, all around good guy"

First round no sweat for LeBron & Co.

LeBron James' teams have won 12 straight first-round games, and he's never lost a first-round series, going 9-0 in his career. The Cavs are looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Celtics today at 1 p.m. ET on ABC and WatchESPN.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

With these pressers being on TV, reporters asked to identify ourselves by name/affiliation. When Brian Scalabrine gets the mic: "Scal"

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Marcus Smart late for shootaround after he overslept. Will likely sit out first quarter. Did not impact decision to start Crowder.

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Crowder replaces Smart in starting lineup. Bass remains, which might not be a good sign about how much they expect from Sullinger.

Spurs can close it out under Pop

Under coach Gregg Popovich, San Antonio has won 84% of its playoff series when it leads 2-1. The Spurs, leading the Clippers 2-1, play today at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.


NBA playoff games today (ET)

  • Cavs at Celtics, 1 p.m. on ABC/WatchESPN (Cavs up 3-0)
  • Clippers at Spurs, 3:30 p.m. on ABC/WatchESPN (Spurs up 2-1)
  • Raptors at Wizards, 6:30 p.m. (Wiz up 3-0)
  • Rockets at Mavs, 9 p.m. (Rockets up 3-0)

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LeBron looking to go 10-0 in first round

LeBron James is 9-0 in first round series in his career. Dating back to when the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984, only Robert Horry (16-0) and Derek Fisher (15-0) have won more first round series without suffering a series loss. (via Elias)

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Rose takes the blame for loss

Derrick Rose committed a critical turnover and defensive lapse in the final seconds of Chicago's Game 4 loss. He said postgame: "I put that all on me. Just wasn't paying attention to the ball. ... But if anything, this is a learning experience. ... I swear I'm built for it." Ready for next game

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NBA top plays of the night

Bucks G Jerryd Bayless' season-saving layup with 1.3 seconds left to beat the Bulls in Game 4 earned him top play honors from Saturday's playoff games.


Jefferson, Felton questionable for Mavs

Forward Richard Jefferson (calf) and guard Raymond Felton (hamstring) are questionable for Game 4 tonight against the Rockets, who lead the series 3-0.


Steph Curry's stats standing out

In Golden State's sweep of the Pels, Curry averaged 33.8 points and 7.3 assists per game. The only players to post averages that high in both categories in a playoff series are MJ (three times), Jerry West (twice), Tracy McGrady and LeBron James. (via Elias)


ICYMI: Warriors finish off sweep

Fresh off a 40-point performance in Game 3, Stephen Curry scored 39 on Saturday to lead the Warriors to a sweep of the Pelicans. It's the first series sweep for the Warriors since the 1975 Finals -- the last time they won the title.


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Anthony Davis congratulates Steph Curry as the Warriors sweep the Pelicans and move on to the next round of the NBA playoffs.