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12hJ.A. Adande

The Warriors vs. conventional wisdom

The biggest challenge this postseason for the top-seeded Warriors might be what history has taught us is needed in playoff ball, writes J.A. Adande.

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10hMarc Stein

Sources: NBA cap could pass $100M by 2017-18

At this week's NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York, teams were advised ‚Äéthat the league's salary cap could rise past the $100 million mark as soon as the 2017-18 season, sources said.

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Insider: Scouting Spurs-Clippers, all series

ESPN Insider's team of NBA experts provides scouting reports for every NBA playoff series, plus offseason previews for non-playoff teams and eliminated teams.

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11hKevin Arnovitz

Hawks face their unwitting benefactor

The 2012 deal of Joe Johnson helped make the Hawks' success this season possible. Now Atlanta faces Brooklyn, hoping to earn the biggest dividend.

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NBA to use ref names in play-by-play reports

The NBA will include referee names in its official play-by-play feeds alongside all calls reported to the table starting with the playoffs.

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20hKirk Goldsberry

Maverick: Cuban on playoffs, more

Talking with Dallas owner Mark Cuban about the playoffs, the Rockets rivalry, Rajon Rondo, Tim Donaghy and his 15 outspoken, wild and successful years in the NBA.

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James Harden led the league in minutes (2:39)

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How The West Will Be Won

This season's Western Conference might be the best the game has ever seen. Want to reach the promised land? You'll have to survive the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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1dBaxter Holmes

Sixers' rebuilding plan baffles Lakers GM

Mitch Kupchak doesn't appear to be much of a fan of the Sixer's approach to rebuilding. "I still don't understand what they're doing."

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Warriors now betting favorite for title

Golden State has overtaken the Cavs, according to the latest odds from Westgate.

  • Warriors 7-4
  • Cavaliers 12-5
  • Spurs 5-1
  • Hawks 12-1
  • Bulls 14-1

Noah: 'No restrictions' on minutes

Joakim Noah, who missed the last two games, told reporters that he won't be limited for Game 1 tonight against the Bucks (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).

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Happy playoffs, folks. If the postseason lives up to the regular season, we're all in for a treat.

Saturday's tip-offs

The NBA postseason is here, with things tipping off up north:

  • Wizards at Raptors, 12:30 ET, ESPN
  • Pelicans at Warriors, 3:30 ET, ABC
  • Bucks at Bulls, 7 ET, ESPN
  • Mavericks at Rockets, 9:30 ET, ESPN

What to expect in the East

Will the Bucks' lack of playoff experience hurt them? Can LeBron James make it a perfect 10-0 in first-round series?

What to expect in the West

Whose hot streak will come to an end first in the Clippers-Spurs series? Can Portland go deep in the playoffs without Wesley Matthews?

Chandler Parsons understands the boos
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The guard left Houston to join the Mavs last offseason, and the former Magic season-ticket holder said he can relate to the boos: "That's just how the world works. ... I booed Shaq when he came back. I booed T-Mac when he came back." The Mavs plays the Rockets in Game 1 tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. (via ESPN Dallas)

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David Lee to miss today's Game 1
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The Warriors F, who had been listed as questionable, has a strained lower back that also kept him out of the regular-season finale. James Michael McAdoo and Brandon Rush will be active for the playoff opener against the Pelicans.

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Does net efficiency = title?

Over the last 30 years, having the best net efficiency in the regular season has resulted in an NBA title. Can the Warriors maintain that streak?

Rockets not bothered by Cuban comment
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Despite Mavs owner Mark Cuban saying, "James Harden, I think, is the MVP because that's not a very good team over there," in a Grantland interview, the Rockets aren't concerned. Said Trevor Ariza: "We feel we're capable of being a championship-contending team and that's all that matters."

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NBA playoffs begin today

One of the highlights on the slate? The 67-win Warriors hosting the Pelicans and the NBA playoff debut of Anthony Davis. The Warriors are the 10th team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in a season. Seven of the previous 9 went on to win the title.

US TODAY Sports

NBA playoffs have arrived

Will Steph Curry and the Splash Brothers reign? Can King James regain the crown he lost last year? Or will the ageless Tim Duncan match Michael Jordan with a sixth ring? Those questions begin to get answered Saturday. Experts' picks

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Brad Stevens praises LeBron
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Said the Celtics coach: "But clearly LeBron is -- I don't think anyone would argue -- he's the best player in the game. You can argue who the MVP of the season is, I guess, but I kinda always go back to who's the best player in the game. He's the best one."

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Abdul-Jabbar undergoes heart surgery
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Thursday, on his 68th birthday, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery. The hospital released a statement that said the surgery was successful and Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery.

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Barnes' son chooses Curry over Clips
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According to his Instagram, Matt Barnes' sons had to dress up as someone they look up to for school Friday. One of the boys repped his dad. The other, well, as Barnes said, "will be put up for adoption next week." He was kidding, of course.

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