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5-on-5: Next for Cavs after costly sweep?

Despite sweeping the Celtics, the Cavs didn't escape unscathed. How will Kevin Love's injury and possible suspensions of J.R. Smith and Kendrick Perkins affect Cleveland's chances?

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Lopez's play gives Nets a fighting chance

If Brooklyn has any chance of evening the series against Atlanta -- let alone pulling off the upset -- expect a heavy dose of Brook Lopez.


Mavs run past Rockets to avoid sweep (1:47)


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Kevin Love injured on malicious play? (2:32)

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8hBrian Windhorst

Raptors face tough offseason decisions

After a first-round sweep by the Wizards, the Raptors have some difficult offseason choices to make in the wake of a disappointing finish

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18hKevin Pelton

Roster Reload: Celtics

Kevin Pelton looks at how the Boston Celtics could reload their roster for 2015-16, noting the team has a lot of good young players returning and some cap space to work with.


Playoff buzzer-beaters

Check out the past four NBA playoff game-winning buzzer-beaters, including ones from LeBron James when he was a member of the Miami Heat and Bucks' Jerryd Bayless' winner against the Bulls.


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

If you have kids who are, say, 11 and 8 ... you better know what Stance socks are unless you want to get laughed out of your own house

New official sock of the NBA

All players will wear Stance socks in their team's colors while on the court. Said executive VP of business development Clarke Miyasaki: "All we do is socks and we're committed to making the best for the best players in the world."

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Butler quietly posting huge numbers

Through four games in the first round, Jimmy Buckets is averaging 28.3 points per game. That'd be good for the highest first-round Bulls average of all time if not for a gentleman named Michael Jordan.


NBA playoff games tonight (ET)

  • Hawks at Nets, 7 p.m. (Hawks lead 2-1)
  • Bucks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (Bulls lead 3-1)
  • Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (Grizzlies lead 3-0)

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Kevin Love's timetable to return

What the MRI shows on Kevin Love's shoulder will determine how long he'll be out, but if he does come back this season, Dr. Michael Kaplan said: "He's going to be a little nervous about it if he comes back too early. ... I would think not before a few weeks."


5-on-5: What's next for the Cavs?

A panel of NBA writers weighed in on the penalties that could be ahead for Cleveland. Should J.R. Smith be suspended for his smack on Jae Crowder? Said Marc Stein: "Fact in the boldest print you can find on the Internet." 5 questions


Carlisle's statement on officiating

Don't ask Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle about the officiating. He'll just tape his mouth shut.


Cavs will miss Love

Kevin Love took some grief this season, but Cleveland has been a much better team with him on the floor this postseason.


Expect no J.R. Smith for a bit

ESPN's Dave McMenamin on Smith's possible suspension: “A minimum of two games. Probably more likely three and I wouldn't be shocked if it were 5. You’re talking about a guy with a suspension history both in the regular season and in the postseason." (via Mike & Mike)

Kevin Love: Not a basketball play

The Cavs' star on Kelly Olynyk's foul that resulted in his shoulder injury: "I thought it was a bush-league play. ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose."


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Joakim Noah on the Kevin Love injury: "Unfortunate. Very unfortunate. You don't want anybody getting hurt. You don't wish that on nobody."

Clippers' win turns series around

ESPN's Bruce Bowen on the Clips' Game 4 win: "The mantra for the Clippers was 'take the ball to the basket any chance we get.' ... That was the biggest difference in this game from the Clippers' standpoint -- they had energy."


ICYMI: Smith ejected for Crowder smack

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected for his backhanded swipe on Celtics forward Jae Crowder. After the game Smith said regarding possible discipline: "I know I'm nervous as hell to see what could come out of this."


LeBron is used to first-round sweeps

With the Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday, LeBron James has swept a best-of-7 series six times. The only players in NBA history with more sweeps of a best-of-7 series are Tim Duncan (8) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (7). (via Elias)


Cavs in for long playoff run?

Each time LeBron James has swept a first-round series, his team has gone deep into the playoffs


The Cavs' lost Love

The Cavs were 36 points better with Love on the floor against the Celtics, compared with just 1 point better with him off the floor. They also boast a significantly better shooting percentage from the field, particularly with 3s.


Olynyk: 'Surprised' by Love's accusation

Celtics C Kelly Olynyk think it's "ridiculous" Cavs F Kevin Love is accusing him of intentionally hurting Love's shoulder Sunday. Said Olynyk: "In basketball, I don't think anyone is trying to hurt anyone. For [Love], it's very unfortunate. I know they're trying to make a run right now." (via Boston Herald)


Jrue Holiday: I just want to get healthy

The Pelicans G is considering a surgical procedure to remove a screw from his leg: "I don't think [the screw] is necessary anymore. They put the screw in to hold the rod. It's just a procedure where I'll get the screw out."

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NBA top plays of the night

Though Houston couldn't close out its series with Dallas in Game 4, this Jason-Terry-to-Dwight-Howard alley-oop earned the top play honors from Sunday's games.