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NBA playoffs winners and losers

The first two weeks of the postseason have been thrilling, noncompetitive and everything in between. So who has come out on top so far? Zach Lowe examines.

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Nets need OT to top Hawks in Game 4 (2:14)

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How Chris Paul and Blake Griffin stress the Spurs (6:09)

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No timetable for Mike Conley's return (0:38)

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Vasquez says Raptors missing trash-talker like Pierce (1:09)

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GM: 'Unlikely' Love returns for playoffs

The timetable for a Kevin Love return looks bleak. Said Cavs GM David Griffin: "I don't want there to be any expectation on Kevin he'll be back." Surgery on Love's injured shoulder is a possibility.

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Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

Bummed about the Love news. Unfair break for Cleveland. Lots of Lebron at 4 now. They can still win title but lineups way more predictable.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

This season, LeBron's usage rate went from 29% to 40% when Kevin Love stepped off the floor. Efficiency plummeted, but this should be fun.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Griffin ends his press remarks by saying the Cavs have gone from being the hunted to the hunters. They're embracing being underdogs.

Cavs offense struggled without Love

Cavs GM David Griffin says it's "highly unlikely" that Kevin Love will return during the playoffs. Cleveland's shooting took a considerable dip while he was off the floor in the 1st round.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Griffin says its "highly unlikely" that Kevin Love returns at any point during the playoffs.

Leonard's offense overlooked

Tom Haberstroh says winning the Defensive Player of the Year has overshadowed Kawhi Leonard's growing offensive game. The 23-year old is a legit MVP candidate. The NBA's biggest fear (Insider)

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ESPN Forecast: Who wins Clippers-Spurs?

Now that the Clippers have tied the Spurs up, the ESPN Forecast panel updated its prediction for the series. It's a close one

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Spartan Basketball @MSU_Basketball

Draymond Green on a potential matchup with Zach Randolph "It's a brotherhood back there (at MSU). It builds and it lasts for a lifetime ..."

Conley's return date still TBD

Chris Broussard told SportsCenter the Grizzlies don't have a timetable as to when Mike Conley will return after his facial fracture surgery. Memphis' Game 5 against Portland is Wednesday.

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Brook Lopez's series numbers now up to 21.3 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 54.2% shooting. On his way to getting $$ over the summer #Nets

Winners and losers in NBA playoffs

Sorry, point guards who can't shoot and Chicago's frontcourt, but the 2015 playoffs haven't been kind to you. Instead, it's Dwight Howard's time to shine. Grantland: Winners and losers

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Can Spurs take charge of series?

Since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1983-84, only four defending champions have lost in the first round, the last being the 2011-12 Mavericks. The Spurs are tied 2-2 with the Clippers. Game 5 is tonight.

Best, worst NBA draft decisions

Now that we have a good idea of who's going to the NBA draft and who's staying in school, we're taking a look at the best decisions (Tyus Jones, Yogi Ferrell) and the questionable ones (Dakari Johnson). Decision-making skills (Insider)

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Deron Williams shows up for Nets

And it couldn't have come at a better time, as he exploded for almost double the amount of points he scored in Games 1, 2 and 3. The Nets have evened things up as they head back to Atlanta for Game 5.

NBA top plays of the night

Of the top three plays, Nets PG Deron Williams had two of them when the Nets evened up the series with the Hawks. But Portland PG Damian Lillard's spin to the hoop for an easy 2 wins top play honors from Monday.

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Nets-Hawks tied 2-2: Who wins?

This is the 7th time that a 1 vs. 8 matchup has been tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 series. In each of the previous six instances, the 1-seed went on to win the series. ESPN's BPI gives the Hawks a 77 percent chance of winning the series.

Can Bucks make history against Bulls?

The Bucks are the 13th team in history to force a Game 6 after trailing 3-0. Of the 12 teams to do it previously, three went on to force Game 7 -- but no team has ever won a series after trailing 3-0.

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Bulls couldn't close out series ... again

After taking a 3-0 series lead, the Bulls have dropped the last two games to the Bucks. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler combined to hit only 4 of 24 shots in the paint Monday after hitting nearly 70 percent of those shots in Games 1-4.

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