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Summer Scoop: New Orleans Pelicans

What's next for the Pelicans? After New Orleans' early exit from the playoffs, Marc Stein identifies the key questions surrounding Anthony Davis & Co.

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Warriors sweep Pelicans (1:59)

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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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Cavaliers move on! Cleveland completes sweep with a 101-93 win over Celtics. LeBron James improves to 10-0 all-time in 1st-round series.

Boston sweep party: Cavs take out C's
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The Cavs swept the Celtics in a heated Game 4 that featured injuries to Kevin Love (shoulder) and Jae Crowder (knee), a scrum between Kendrick Perkins and Crowder, and a J.R. Smith ejection. LeBron James scored 27, and Kyrie Irving added 24. Cleveland awaits the winner of the Bulls-Bucks series. Box score

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Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Celtics season ends with a 4-game sweep vs. Cavs that doesn't properly represent way this team competed. Insanely enjoyable season to cover.

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Spurs have left Blake Griffin open on 75% of his jump shots this series (15-of-20). Griffin is shooting 33% (5-of-15) on those open jumpers

Watch: Clippers at Spurs on ABC
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The Spurs are looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Clippers, as teams taking that lead go on to win the series 96.4% of the time. The Clippers have never come back from a 2-1 deficit in playoff history, going 0-for-5. Basically, if the Clips want a chance at this series, they need a W today. Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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J.R. Smith ejected for smacking Crowder
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Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith received a flagrant 2 for his backhanded swipe on Celtics forward Jae Crowder and was ejected in the third quarter.

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

I really hope Jae Crowder doesn't have a serious knee injury. He's played his way into a nice contract since going from Dallas to Boston.

Duncan movin' on up

Game 4 of the Spurs-Clippers series will be Tim Duncan's 238th career playoff game, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 3rd-most all-time (Derek Fisher 259, Robert Horry 244).

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James, Irving carrying Cavs

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are shooting a combined 5-of-7 from the field for 11 points in the fourth quarter. No other Cav has scored on 0-for-3 shooting. Watch live

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

If Kevin Love's shoulder ends up being OK - no news yet - this physical, sometimes dirty game just what Cavs need to get ready for Bulls.

LeBron more of a scorer without Love

With Kevin Love on the bench this season, LeBron James scored 7 more points on 6 more field goal attempts per 36 minutes compared to when Love was on the court. LeBron shot a lower percentage with Love on the bench but got to the free throw line more often.

End of 3Q: Cavs 70, Celtics 61
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After J.R. Smith was ejected for a flagrant 2 early in the 3rd quarter, the Celtics charged back to outscore the Cavs 25-13 and pulled within 9 points entering the final frame. Isaiah Thomas, who failed to make a field goal in the first half, scored 11 points in the quarter. Watch live

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No Kevin Love, J.R. Smith?

The Cavs could potentially lose Kevin Love (injury) and J.R. Smith (suspension) for a period of time this postseason. Entering today, the two ranked third and fourth in minutes played and points scored for the Cavaliers this postseason.

No Love = Big blow for Cavs

The Cavs outscored teams by 6.6 points per 100 possessions with Kevin Love on the court during the regular season, which would be tied for 3rd with the Spurs if they were to put up those numbers for the whole year. They were outscored by 1.5 per 100 with Love on the bench.

Bass slams a putback dunk
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Celtics G Isaiah Thomas missed one of his five 3-pointers, but Brandon Bass was in the right place at the right time to throw down a one-handed jam against the Cavs.

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