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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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Pau Gasol's veteran experience showing

To quote ESPNChicago's Nick Friedell, "These are the games the Bulls signed Pau Gasol for." Gasol has 11 points in the 3rd and is carrying the load for Chicago's big men, as Joakim Noah is a shell of his former self tonight. Follow live

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Chicago's work comes from outside-in

The closer you are to the rim, the easier it is to score, right? Not tonight for the Bulls, who are shooting better outside the paint (56.7%) than they are inside the paint (52.9%).

Bulls keeping Cavs at bay

Early in the third quarter, Cleveland tied the game for the first time since the opening tip. But Jimmy Butler is creating havoc in the passing lanes, Derrick Rose is letting fly, and Chicago is on a 10-0 run. Follow live

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

With Chris Paul off the floor, Clippers were outscored by over 7.5 pts per 100 possessions, which would have ranked 27th in NBA.

Chris Paul's absence a touchy subject

Paul will not play in Game 1 vs. the Rockets. He's 1 of just 5 players averaging 100+ touches this postseason, joined on that list by teammate Blake Griffin. Said coach Doc Rivers on the injury: "I just don't think he's healthy enough to play. I guess in a Game 7 he could play but I don't think the risk is worth it."

MVP Curry is the king of analytics, too

Stephen Curry was tops in ESPN's Real Plus-Minus, which measures a player's contribution to his team's scoring margin in points per 100 possessions, at +8.87. Rockets G James Harden, who finished 2nd in MVP voting, was 3rd in RPM (+8.30).

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Point guards on fire in Cleveland

Whether it's great offense or not-so-great defense, it's a ton of fun to watch Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving battle in the playoffs. Rose has 16 points, Irving has 17, and the Bulls lead by 5 at halftime. Follow live

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Joe Haden just pumped up the crowd, shouting into the in-arena mic. Could be the rare occurrence of a Browns player helping a CLE team win.

Here come the Cavs and Kyrie Irving

It took longer than Cleveland would have liked, but the Cavs' offense is on a roll. Kyrie Irving has 10 straight Cleveland points, and the Bulls' lead is down to single digits midway through the second quarter. Follow live

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Rose and Noah both have two fouls. Thibs sticks with Rose for the time being after he just picked up his 2nd.

Things not going well for LeBron & Co.

Bulls backup PG Kirk Hinrich has scored 6 points in 5 minutes, which would be bad enough. But he blew past James for a banked and-1, and the Bulls are up 35-21 early in the second. Follow live

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