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What to expect with Kevin Love out

Based on his per-40 minute splits this season, expect LeBron James' scoring and usage percentage to sky rocket with Love sidelined. James had a usage percentage of 40.0 with Love off the floor this season, a mark that would have been the NBA all-time single-season record.

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Chad Ford @chadfordinsider

NBA released early entry list for NBA Draft. 91 players - 48 college/43 intl players. No big surprises. We’ll update In & Out & Top 100 soon

Bogut anchors Warriors' stingy defense

For years, the Warriors were known solely for their offensive prowess, planning -- and ultimately failing -- to simply outscore opponents. This year is different, thanks to Andrew Bogut, the most important man for the Warriors in the 2015 playoffs. The difference-maker

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Dave McMenamin: Loss of Kevin Love is big

"As this Cavs team marches forward ... the city of Cleveland is kind of bracing itself because its been through The Drive, and The Shot, and The Decision and now Cavs fans are dealing with The Shoulder."


Bucks still alive vs. Bulls ... for now

The odds aren't in Milwaukee's favor:

  • No NBA team has overcome a 3-0 series deficit
  • ESPN's BPI gives Milwaukee just an 11.8% chance to advance
  • Bucks haven't won 4 straight playoff games since sweeping the Celtics in 1983
  • Bucks haven't won a playoff series since 2001

Dave McMenamin @mcten

According to Bovada sports book in Las Vegas, CLE still has the 2nd best odds to win it all (12-to-5) even with Love out. GSW 1st (8-to-5)

Carlesimo on Cavs: 'They're in trouble'

ESPN's P.J. Carlesimo called Kevin Love "an integral part of what [the Cavs] do" and the likely loss of him for the postseason hurts their championship aspirations.


Cavs GM: don't expect Love back

"I want to make it really clear that's highly unlikely," David Griffin said. "The damage to his shoulder is extensive. This is not a situation where we're expecting he'll be available for any of this."


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No Love means big problems

Kevin Love likely won't return for the remainder of the postseason. This is problematic for the Cavs, considering how much better they've played with him on the court during the playoffs.

GM: 'Unlikely' Love returns for playoffs

The timetable for a Kevin Love return looks bleak. Said Cavs GM David Griffin: "I don't want there to be any expectation on Kevin he'll be back." Surgery on Love's injured shoulder is a possibility.

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Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

Bummed about the Love news. Unfair break for Cleveland. Lots of Lebron at 4 now. They can still win title but lineups way more predictable.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

This season, LeBron's usage rate went from 29% to 40% when Kevin Love stepped off the floor. Efficiency plummeted, but this should be fun.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Griffin ends his press remarks by saying the Cavs have gone from being the hunted to the hunters. They're embracing being underdogs.

Cavs offense struggled without Love

Cavs GM David Griffin says it's "highly unlikely" that Kevin Love will return during the playoffs. Cleveland's shooting took a considerable dip while he was off the floor in the 1st round.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Griffin says its "highly unlikely" that Kevin Love returns at any point during the playoffs.

Leonard's offense overlooked

Tom Haberstroh says winning the Defensive Player of the Year has overshadowed Kawhi Leonard's growing offensive game. The 23-year old is a legit MVP candidate. The NBA's biggest fear (Insider)

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ESPN Forecast: Who wins Clippers-Spurs?

Now that the Clippers have tied the Spurs up, the ESPN Forecast panel updated its prediction for the series. It's a close one

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Spartan Basketball @MSU_Basketball

Draymond Green on a potential matchup with Zach Randolph "It's a brotherhood back there (at MSU). It builds and it lasts for a lifetime ..."

Conley's return date still TBD

Chris Broussard told SportsCenter the Grizzlies don't have a timetable as to when Mike Conley will return after his facial fracture surgery. Memphis' Game 5 against Portland is Wednesday.