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Postseason MVPs: Who's stepping up?

Steph Curry and LeBron James have been the biggest difference-makers in the playoffs. Who else cracks David Thorpe's list?

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Will the Derrick Rose of old return?

Derrick Rose is optimistic about his health after playing throughout this past postseason and says he's ready to push his body harder than ever.

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Thorpe's top 10 postseason MVPs, Week 5

Reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry has willed and shot the Warriors to two wins against the best opponent they've seen yet and claims the top spot. MVP runner-up James Harden is third. So who's No. 2?

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Reggie to Steph: 'The floor is yours'

With one more 3-pointer, Warriors G Steph Curry will tie Reggie Miller's postseason record of 58. Said Miller on Twitter: "As for my record, the great rock band Queen says it best, "Another One Bites The Dust". Mr Curry, the floor is yours."

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Terrence Ross undergoes ankle surgery

Friday's procedure removed bone spurs from the Raptors guard's ankle. There's no timetable for a return for Ross, who averaged 9.8 points per game last year.

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Howard's status upgraded for Game 3

Dwight Howard (left knee sprain) is listed as probable for tonight's game vs. the Warriors. Howard was questionable for Game 2, but today said his knee "feels a lot better" adding: "It's good some of the pain has gone away."

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James Harden is avoiding Dwight Howard

Harden is passing to Howard only 4.1 times per game this postseason. ESPN's Tom Haberstroh on the disconnect: "Remember that breath-taking lob [from Harden] to Howard in Game 2? Savor it, because it almost never happens."


LeBron: Do Not Disturb

LeBron James nearly ran into a fan courtside before noticing she was pregnant and stopping himself just in time. He had a joking message for the fan, too.


LeBron among greats with 30-point game

LeBron James scored 30 points in a playoff game for the 74th time in his career on Friday, tying him for 4th on the NBA's all-time list.

Best part of LeBron's game?

LeBron James' constant pressure on Atlanta's defense impressed Antonio Davis, who liked that James kept the defense honest.


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Hawks are less optimistic about Kyle Korver's condition than they were DeMarre Carroll's the morning after Game 1. Diagnosis soon.

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Matthew Dellavedova limited Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder to just 7 points on 3-of-14 shooting (21.4%) as primary defender in Game 2.

Davis: Hawks need a superstar

Antonio Davis told SportsCenter: "They're definitely in trouble. ... There has to be that one guy that brings energy, that gives you confidence. The Atlanta Hawks don't have that."


Warriors near franchise record

If the Warriors win tonight's Game 3 vs. the Rockets, it will tie their longest win streak (6) in a single postseason. They also did it in 1947 and 1975 -- and won the title in both of those seasons.

Hawks pick bad time for skid

Atlanta was 35-6 at home during the regular season and didn't lose back-to-back home games at any point -- until the first two games of the conference finals.


LeBron puts Cavs on his shoulders

With Kyrie Irving out Friday, LeBron James scored or assisted on 60 of the Cavaliers’ 94 points as Cleveland went up 2-0 in Atlanta. The 60 points created were LeBron's 2nd-most this postseason.

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Okafor vs. Dog

Jahlil Okafor showed off his ballhandling skills by playing keep-away with a dog. Quite frankly, we're impressed with the dog's ability to cut off the driving lane.


Bazemore: We're better than Cavs

After falling behind 2-0 in the conference finals, the Hawks' Kent Bazemore isn't lacking for confidence: “We played them in the regular season this year and got the best of them. I still think we’re the better team, we just haven’t shown it yet.”