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How NBA's playoff casualties will spend for future

With the first round over, eight more teams can turn their attention toward the offseason transaction bonanza -- and the unprecedented climate of uncertainty around it.

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End of the line for D-Will in Brooklyn?

Is Deron Williams' tenure in Brooklyn over? The time may be right for a fresh start on both sides, Mike Mazzeo writes.

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NBA tip sheet for FanDuel: May 5

Tom Carpenter offers up the best options for those playing FanDuel's basketball games on May 5.

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NBA tip sheet for DraftKings: May 5

Tom Carpenter offers up the best options for those playing DraftKings' basketball games on May 5.

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Western Conference mini-movie week two (2:17)
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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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Bear witness to Steph Curry (1:06)

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Randy Wittman says everybody is available -- John Wall (hand) and Bradley Beal (ankle) -- as expected for Game 2

No further questions for Hawks coach

When Mike Budenholzer sat down for his pregame media availability, he was greeted by silence. He stared back at reporters, then happily left after receiving zero queries. The Hawks host the Wizards for Game 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Fans, Super fans, then there's Goldstein

Noted NBA enthusiast James Goldstein is in Oakland for Warriors-Grizzlies today but was in Houston Monday night, where he said the hotels were full. So where did he end up staying? "Clyde Drexler's house." (via J.A. Adande)

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Blatt tries to take pressure off LeBron

Cavs coach David Blatt said Tuesday, "It's not fair to put everything on one guy. Teams win and lose games and everyone has to give a little bit more." But James pulled the responsibility for Cleveland's Game 1 loss right back on his shoulders. 'Can't go down 0-2'

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Grizzlies need their point guard back

ESPN's Marc Stein is hearing inklings that Grizzlies guard Mike Conley Jr. will play in Game 2 today. His shot should be OK but how would he fare in such a physical series? Nick Calathes started for Conley in Game 1 and had 0 points on 0-for-4 shooting.

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Wiz on the road means Washington wins

Planning a playoff road trip? Watch out for the Wizards, who've been perfectly comfortable in unfriendly arenas in the past two postseasons. Washington looks to hand Atlanta back-to-back home losses for the first time this season in Game 2 at Philips Arena (8 p.m. ET).

LeBron unhappy with his Game 1 offense

"I did have an off game. ... I'm a very efficient player, as far as my shooting, and to be 9-for-22, that's unacceptable. ... With everybody else, I don't really care what everybody thinks about what my performance is."

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Mike Conley hoping to play Game 2 tonight

The Grizzlies PG missed the last three playoff games after being elbowed in the face and undergoing surgery to repair fractures around his eye, but he worked out with the team Monday and said: "I believe I will [play Tuesday]. But I believed that for the last week."

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Would be a bit surprised if Conley doesn't play tonight. Can't see him doing all he has the last 3 days, then electing to sit out.

Tim Duncan's decision anything but easy

Bill Simmons writes that it's tempting for Duncan to retire: "Leave people saying, 'Keep playing! You’re still good at this!' ... Leave knowing that, by any calculation, you were one of the best two-way players ever and one of the most beloved teammates ever." Is it too soon?

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2009 NBA redraft: Who do you take No. 1?

The 2015 NBA playoffs features three star 2009 draftees: Blake Griffin ('09 No. 1 overall), James Harden (No. 3) and Stephen Curry (No. 7). Knowing what we know now, who do you take No. 1 overall in 2009? SportsNation: Vote now!

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The Art of the NBA Playmaker

Jeff Teague created a perfect high-value scoring opportunity for Paul Millsap on this play that was picture perfect.

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His and Hers disagrees on 'Trill'

Willie Cauley-Stein officially changed his middle name to "Trill." While Michael Smith thinks it's cool, Jemele Hill said: "It looks cute now at this age when he's 21 years old, it doesn't look so cute when you're 30."

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Is Deron Williams' done in Brooklyn?

Mike Mazzeo thinks so: "It seems like both sides could benefit from a fresh start -- whether it’s via trade, stretch provision or buyout. And it feels like now is the time to make that happen." What's next for the Nets

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Isiah Thomas named president of Liberty

Thomas, whose checkered reign with the Knicks ended ignominiously in the aftermath of a 2007 sexual harassment scandal, has been named president of the WNBA's New York Liberty, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard. Story

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WNBA releases statement on Thomas

In response to today's announcement that the Liberty have hired Isiah Thomas as president and was given part ownership, the WNBA said: "New owners are approved by our WNBA Board of Governors, and this process has not yet begun." MSG's statement

Blatt protects LeBron

Cavaliers coach David Blatt said: "It's not fair to put everything on one guy. Teams win and lose games and everyone has to give a little bit more. Our margin of error is smaller and we've got to make up for that with 48 minutes of multiple effort and that's on the part of everyone." Windhorst: LeBron to change mindset

LeBron wants blame for Game 1 loss

"I did have an off game. If I have a great game my numbers will be a lot different. For me that's an off game just from the standpoint I'm a very efficient player as far as my shooting and to be 9-of-22, that's unacceptable. What everybody else says I don't really care what everybody else thinks."

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