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Raptors PG: We need more trash talk
After the Raptors were swept by Paul Pierce and the Wizards in the first round, Greivis Vasquez thinks trash talk like Pierce's is exactly what Toronto needs: "We don't have that. We're all good guys that just don't want to [trash talk]."
Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins
Greivis Vasquez: 'We need a Paul Pierce'
After being swept by Pierce and the Wizards on Sunday, the Raptors PG said Toronto lacks a trash-talker.
'Standard' for Love to get 2nd opinion
ESPN's Brian Windhorst on Kevin Love: "When you have an injury like [Love's], where there's different treatment options, different return options, you want to build a consensus."
Jae Crowder has sprained ACL
The Celtics announced today that the forward has a sprained left ACL sustained when Cleveland's J.R. Smith backhanded Crowder in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs. He is not expected to undergo surgery.
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After being swept by the Wizards, the Raptors joined a woeful list of division winners who have been swept in the first round. To find out who else makes the list, check out today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
At practice I see GSW's analytics guy, head advanced scout and head security guy rebounding for players. All hands on deck
Kevin Love seeking second opinion
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the prognosis on Kevin Love's shoulder may be delayed as the Cavs PF seeks a second opinion.
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."
Mike Conley undergoes facial surgery
The Grizzlies PG is out indefinitely after undergoing facial surgery today from fractures sustained in Game 3 vs. the Trail Blazers when he inadvertently took an elbow to the face. Memphis can sweep the series tonight with a win.
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." (via ESPN's Darren Rovell)
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)
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.