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4hTim MacMahon

Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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#NBAFrontOffice: Thunder's next steps

ESPN.com's NBA Front Office convenes to discuss the firing of Scott Brooks by the Oklahoma City Thunder. What is the way forward for OKC, and what type of replacement should they target?

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J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption

Cavs newcomer J.R. Smith set the tone before the ball was tipped in Game 3. His special flair is being embraced as endearing rather than dubious.

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Courtside fan in New Orleans shouts to Steph Curry as he uses the scorer's table as a base to get loose: "I hate you ... but I respect you"

Bucks lose critical points

O.J. Mayo appeared to beat the shot-clock buzzer with a deep 3 with 3 minutes left, but upon further review the shot was late. With the 3 points wiped out, the Bucks' lead is down to 3 with 2:18 left. Follow live

Warriors at Pelicans, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Golden State will look to complete a sweep of Anthony Davis & Co., whose challenge will be putting their blown 20-point, 4th-quarter lead in Game 3 behind them. No NBA team has ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Rose turning it on in the clutch

Derrick Rose had a quiet evening with 5 points through three quarters. But back-to-back buckets by the former MVP closed the deficit to 4 points before a Jerryd Bayless leaner stretched it back to 6. Follow live

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

After such a great Game 3 performance -- Derrick Rose is just 1-for-8 heading into the 4th quarter of Game 4.

Bulls with more turnovers than a bakery

Chicago is on pace for a season high in turnovers with 21 through 3 quarters. The Bucks have contributed to that high number, collecting 15 steals and taking a 2-point lead into the final period. Follow live

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Balanced scoring keeps Bucks close

It's scoring by committee for Milwaukee's starters.

  • Ersan Ilyasova: 9 points
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: 8 points
  • Zaza Pachulia: 8 points
  • Michael Carter-Williams: 8 points
  • Khris Middleton: 7 points
The young Bucks trail by 1 late in the 3rd. Follow live

Butler on a mission

Jimmy Butler has picked up where he left off in the 1st half. Butler has 5 of Chicago's 9 points in the 3rd quarter and is up to 28 for the game. The Bulls trail by 1 midway through the 3rd. Follow live

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard have hijacked the 1st round of these playoffs. And they're totally relentless on both ends of the court.

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

The Bulls have played really poorly -- and yet they are going into halftime tied at 50. Jimmy Butler has 23 points. Bucks are in trouble.

Butler comfortable in Milwaukee

After playing 53 minutes in Game 3, Jimmy Butler is doing it all in Game 4. He collected 23 points and tied the game on a contested 3-pointer that banked in as the buzzer sounded for intermission. The only other player in double digits is O.J. Mayo at 10 points. Follow live

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Bulls picking up steam

Chicago only had 7 points in the first 6 minutes of the second quarter. In the next 3 minutes? The Bulls tacked on 9 more points and the Bucks lead has been trimmed to 7. Follow live