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Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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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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1dDave McMenamin

J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption

Cavs newcomer J.R. Smith set the tone before the ball was tipped in Game 3. His special flair is being embraced as endearing rather than dubious.

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Damian Lillard 5 of 6 from field ... he was 5-21 and 5-16 from field in the other 2 games of this series. Blazers-Grizzlies on ESPN

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Nick Calathes has filled in nicely for the injured Beno Udrih with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.

If you like free throws...

... then this is the quarter for you. An Arron Afflalo foul on Jeff Green put Portland into the penalty -- a place Memphis was just minutes into the second. The Grizzlies are on an 11-4 run and have a 12-point lead midway through the period. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Koufas dunking, Lee stroking 3s, Calathes picking up where Beno left off. Gasol & Z-Bo enjoying surprising boost from supporting cast.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Blazers getting a needed lift from C.J. McCollum, now their leading scorer with eight points.

Grizzlies early, Blazers late

Memphis spent a large part of the quarter building a 22-11 lead, but an 8-2 run by Portland in final 1:39 brought the Blazers within 5 heading to the second quarter. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Dubs bring brooms to New Orleans

Golden State completed the four-game sweep of New Orleans, winning 109-98 behind Stephen Curry's 39 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. The Warriors await the winner of Portland and Memphis.


Trail Blazers, wired for sound

Portland coach Terry Stotts during a recent time out: "Good stops, good looks, good tempo. Everything's how we need it." Despite that assessment, the Blazers are down by 9 late in the 1st quarter. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

And Grizz go up double-figures, 18-7, with 4:07 in 1Q. Blazers crowd seems a little restless. They’ve seen this before (Games 1 & 2).

Grizzlies grinding early

Courtney Lee is off to a quick start, going 3-for-3 from the field for a quick 7 points to help Memphis off to an 13-5 lead midway through the 1st quarter. Mike Conley is trooping through a sprained right foot by wearing a half-size larger shoe. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Grizzlies at Blazers, next on ESPN

The Blazers bring the series to their turf but face a 2-0 hole. Memphis has lost only once in its last 12 games against Portland. Can the Trail Blazers get their outside game going? Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Elite Warriors company

The list of players in Warriors franchise history with consecutive 35-point road games in the playoffs is short, but sweet:

  • 2015 Stephen Curry
  • 1967 Rick Barry
  • 1964 Wilt Chamberlain
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    Step-back Steph

    It may be ho-hum to Stephen Curry, but it's still boggling to see. Curry goes between the legs, jab steps and pops behind the arc for a silky trey. It was one of six that helped eliminate the Pelicans from the first round.


    Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

    Wes Matthews enters Moda Center for first time since his Achilles injury and dos so wearing an Ironman helmet. Crowd goes nuts.

    Warriors sweep Pelicans from playoffs

    It's the first sweep for the Warriors since the 1975 Finals -- the last time they won the title. Stephen Curry finished with 39 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in the 109-98 victory. Box score

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    Brow keeps joining clubs

    Anthony Davis is the 4th player in NBA history to average 30 points and 10 rebounds in their first 4 career playoff games.

    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    • Wilt Chamberlain
    • Bob McAdoo
    • Anthony Davis