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Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

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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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Hawks can't find the range

The Hawks are just 2-14 on shots outside of the paint so far today -- and both makes are by DeMarre Carroll. His teammates are just 7-for-27 from the field as the Nets have pushed out to a 10-point lead midway through the second quarter.

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Hawks turn the ball over 5 times, go 6-21 from field, get to the line for only 4 FTA, overhelp on D. Other than that, fine. BKN 31, ATL 16

Mark your calendars for May 2

There's a lot more going on next Saturday than just Mayweather-Pacquiao.


Nets' starters came to play

Brooklyn's starters scored 29 of the team's 31 points in a scorching first quarter as it leads 31-16 after one. The Hawks made just 1 of their first 8 shots and finished the quarter shooting under 30% from the field. Follow live

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Bogdanovic has 11 points and three 3-pointers in the first quarter. #Nets came in shooting just over 28 percent from downtown in the series.

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

The whole get off to a fast start thing has been achieved. #Nets up 16-5 and playing solid D. ATL just 2-for-10 to start.

Hawks slow out of the gate

The Hawks attempted just five shots from the field in the game's first four-plus minutes -- the same number as Brooklyn's made shots. Nets lead 14-3 in the early going. Follow live

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Not trying to pile on or anything, but we're 11 minutes from tip and Barclays Center is dead. You'd think we were T-minus 45 minutes.

Hawks at Nets, 3 p.m. ET (Hawks lead 2-0)

It looks grim for the Nets, considering Atlanta's won 7 straight against them in the regular and postseason. But Brooklyn has the home crowd behind them this time. "All is not lost," guard Jarrett Jack said. Follow live

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Davis still 'dwelling on' Game 3 loss

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans lost a 20-point, 4th-quarter lead to the Warriors in Game 3 and now face elimination in tonight's Game 4. "It's been tough, not just on me -- organization, team, coaches ... But now we know we've got to focus on the game tonight and try to get a win."


LeBron shot has to be seen to be believed

LeBron James made a full-court shot at practice today like it was a casual game of catch at the park.


LeBron on Sunday's Game vs. Boston

"You know the type of pressure that the opposing team is under. You know it's win or go home for them ... and for us, we have to just stay calm and play our game and do what we've been doing over the course of the season and treat Game 4 like Game 1."


Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs PG Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4. Status of SF Richard Jefferson (calf) is iffy.

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Rick Carlisle on $25K fine:"I’m going to fight for my team. That’s just the way it’s going to be. I’m a lot like my owner."

Rick Carlisle fined $25K for criticizing refs

The Mavericks coach was especially upset by a play in the 4th where he said Dwight Howard threw Devin Harris into the Mavs' bench: "The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there's too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can't happen in Game 4."