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Grit and grind in need of guidance from Conley

The Grizzlies sorely miss the decision-making of Mike Conley and if their leader doesn't make a quick recovery, they could be in for a short series.

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Milwaukee's best may be yet to come

After exceeding expectations this season, the future looks even brighter for Jason Kidd and the Bucks.

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

After watching the first eight minutes of Clippers-Rockets, maybe double-Hack-a-Shaq wouldn't be so terrible.

Offense lacking in early going of Game 1

With Chris Paul sidelined, the Clippers are relying on Austin Rivers, and they've struggled accordingly. But the Rockets aren't much better, as both teams are shooting less than 40 percent from the floor midway through the first. Follow live

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Chris Paul is grabbing his left hamstring even as he gets up off the bench in his street clothes to cheer on his teammates.

Bulls have a trend they need to break

So the Bulls took Game 1 of the series in Cleveland, the third straight time they've beaten a LeBron James team in a series opener. Excellent! Now they just need to avoid the fate they faced the last two times ....

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bulls personnel walking out of locker room looking understandably happy. Best team wins of the year in last two games.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Thibodeau: "We know that we're going to have to play a lot better than we did today." If he's saying that, what will the Cavs say?

A record LeBron probably doesn't want

Chicago's wire-to-wire win in Game 1 is the first time that a LeBron James-led team never held a lead in a home playoff game. James has played in 85 home postseason games including tonight.

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'Hack-a-Shaq' looms for Clips-Rockets

Clippers C DeAndre Jordan shot under 40% on free throws this season, while Houston's Dwight Howard and Josh Smith each shot below 53%. Will there be intentional fouls? Said Jordan: "I don't think that will happen this series; if so, the games will be five hours long."

No Paul in Game 1 vs. Rockets

Houston is well-rested after 6 days off, and they have home-court advantage, too. As if that weren't enough, the Clippers will be without Chris Paul, who's out with a hamstring injury he played through in Game 7 vs. the Spurs. Follow live

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Bulls seize home-court advantage

Game 1 was Chicago's from start to finish. The Bulls never trailed LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a 98-92 win. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 25 points, though he suffered a late injury scare. "It was just a stinger ... it should be all right," Rose said postgame. Box score

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Bulls top Cavaliers in Game 1 ... 3rd straight time they've beaten a LeBron James team in Game 1 of playoff series (lost other 2 series)

Rose exits in final minute

After trying to fight his way through a screen set by two Cavs, Derrick Rose grabbed his right shoulder in apparently serious pain. He checked out, as the Bulls look to close out the Cavs in Game 1. Follow live

J.A. Adande @jadande

I love how Pau Gasol pauses to celebrate the mini-victories in the game, like that little fist pump after LeBron missed at the rim

James struggling late for Cavs

LeBron James has attempted just 3 shots in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 6 turnovers on the night as he tries to lead Cleveland back with just more than a minute left in regulation. Follow live

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Shumpert has 18 pts after 15 pts his last game. Just the 2nd time since CLE traded for him that he's hit double digits in consecutive games

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

All those buzzwords that gave the Bulls problems this year: Intensity, energy, effort -- haven't been a problem tonight.