OTD: Sixers-Pistons brawl, fined $162K
Twenty-five years ago today, an infamous late-game brawl broke out when Bill Laimbeer was on the receiving end of a Charles Barkley left hook. Said Laimbeer after the game: "[Barkley's] a loser. ... Nothing he says is intelligible anyway." And what of Barkley? "I won two titles tonight. I won the division title with my teammates, and I retained my undisputed heavyweight championship of the world."
LeBron as a Cav back in the playoffs
LeBron James and the Cavs host the Celtics today in the first round, where LeBron is 9-0 all-time. James averages 28.9 points per game against the Celtics in the postseason, trailing only Jerry West for most against the Celtics all-time.
John Calipari @UKCoachCalipari
Mavs can't get it done down south
The Mavs lost Game 1 against the Rockets 118-108 Saturday while James Harden scored 24 points. Losing in Houston has been a theme for the Mavs this season.
Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN
LeBron James has 158 games worth of playoff experience, the Celtics entire roster combined has 139.
Doc Rivers: Spurs not unbeatable
Said the Clippers coach, who faces the Spurs tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET in Game 1: "No, I think you can beat anybody. You just have to match it. I've never met an unbeatable team. Everybody's beatable. You've just gotta hang in there long enough to do it."
Sunday Conversation: LeBron James
The 2-seed Cavs face the Celtics today at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. How does LeBron feel going into the series? "I'm very excited with the position that we're in. I'm never pleased. I can never be pleased until the end result."
NBA top plays from Game 1s
A couple of league veterans made the list, sure -- but Anthony Davis' alley-oop slam in his first career postseason game was good for best play from Saturday.
ICYMI: Warriors hold on for win
It got a little closer than they anticipated after building a 25-point lead, but the top-seeded Warriors held off the Pelicans to earn a win in Game 1. Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State with 34 points.
ICYMI: Rose sparks Bulls' Game 1 win
Welcome back to the playoffs, Derrick Rose. The former MVP scored 23 points in his first playoff game since 2012, leading Chicago to a Game 1 win over Milwaukee.
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Dwight Howard has the least cared about history of reaching another level in the postseason