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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Last team that comes to mind to lose a major piece and still go on to win it all was the 2011 Dallas Mavericks without Caron Butler.

Love's injury puts burden on LeBron
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Chauncey Billups on Cavs PF Kevin Love being ruled out for the second round: "I think their opponent will be the Bulls, and I think that's a tough one, because the Bulls are a big team ... LeBron is probably going to have to play the 4 a lot."

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Ian Begley @IanBegley

LeBron James has 33 career playoff games with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. That's the most in NBA playoff history.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Surprise is not that Love has been ruled out for the whole second round. Surprise is that the ruling out happened so fast

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Declaring Love out for next round is not legally binding. Maybe he does miss series, but doing it this way mitigates incessant queries.

Cavs: Love out for second round

Kevin Love's shoulder injury has officially been diagnosed as "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." He is out for the entire second round, and his status will be updated in a few days.

Pippen: Curry might be 'toughest' cover
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Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen hosted a Twitter Q&A today, and he was asked which current NBA player he'd like to guard: "I'd say LeBron, but I think Steph Curry might be the toughest player to guard in the league."

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Butler emerging as Bulls' leader

Jimmy Butler is averaging 28.3 PPG in the playoffs against the Bucks. That would be the most in a first-round series by any Bulls player not named Michael Jordan.

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Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

"It starts with making his catches tough." - Coach Bud on defending Brook Lopez, saying it needs to be a team effort

Nets coach provides keen insight on Jack
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Brooklyn's Lionel Hollins has a wry sense of humor, and Nets guard Jarrett Jack is his latest target. Asked about Jack's play in the Nets' Game 3 win, Hollins quipped, "He made plays for other people. Usually, he just shoots the ball."

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Lowry not exactly praising coach Casey
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At Toronto's season wrap-up news conference, PG Kyle Lowry was asked about coach Dwane Casey's future with the Raptors: "I respect Casey as a man. ... At the end of the day, like I said, it’s not my choice, it’s not my decision. ... if he's the coach, I'm a player."

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