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If Bulls win, it must be now

"Everything is at stake. The coach. The roster. The future. The incredible rarity of being here, now, and battling a compromised opponent." Shelburne: Last best chance

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Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Good news: LeBron's going back to his headband tonite! Doesn't need to "look like teammates." Needs to play like King James. This will help.

Sarah Spain @SarahSpain

First time in months he's back to the headband. Either he's having a bad hair(line) day or the Bulls are in his head a bit.

LeBron's been here before vs. Bulls

The Bulls took Game 1 on the road against the Cavaliers, but that's no reason to count out King James & Co. LeBron has fallen behind 1-0 in two previous playoff matchups with the Bulls, and his teams never lost another game in either series.

Chris Paul doubtful for Game 2

Clippers coach Doc Rivers doesn't expect to have his star tonight. Adds Paul of his hamstring injury: "It's one of those things where you don't want to make it worse than it already is."


Rest pays off for Rose

Derrick Rose led the Bulls to victory with 25 points in Game 1, but Chicago’s PG hasn’t been nearly as efficient when he gets just one day of rest -- which is all he'll have before tonight's Game 2.

Cavaliers cancel arm slings giveaway

The Cavs planned to give away 20,000 arm slings to fans to show support for injured F Kevin Love, who dislocated his shoulder in the opening round of the playoffs, but the team cancelled the promotion. Cleveland will hand out white towels for tonight's Game 2 vs. the Bulls.

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David Blatt: Cavs in 'uncharted waters'

"Our lineup changed drastically in a number of days. That doesn't mean we can't win." The Cavs are down 1-0 in the series and face the Bulls tonight.

OTD: Shaq wins Rookie of the Year

On May 6, 1993, Orlando's Shaquille O'Neal was named Rookie of the Year after averaging 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. The 20-year-old would go on to be a 15-time All-Star and win four NBA championships.

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Hawks launch team app, custom emojis

Wishing for more ways to display your Hawks' pride? Look no further: The team released a custom emoji keyboard today as part of their new app. Now you can go nuts sending your friends Dennis Schroder's distinctive hair, Harry the Hawk or Dominique Wilkins' jersey.


Fact Or Fiction: NBA playoffs

Will the Warriors win the title with their current style of play? Should LeBron James guard Derrick Rose? Is Blake Griffin the most important player on the Clippers? Chauncey Billups gives his take.


Jimmy Butler rejects 'superstar' label

"Superstar? I don't want to hear none of that. I don't want to hear none of that. I just want to be a basketball player." Butler unfazed

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No comparing point guard play for Griz

Nick Calathes got the start in place of Mike Conley in Game 1 and went 0-of-4 from the floor and didn't score in 21 minutes. Conley, however, played 27 minutes in Tuesday's Game 2 and put up 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Nets GM: Goal is to keep Lopez, Young

Billy King doesn't want to see Brook Lopez or Thaddeus Young leave this offseason: "They both have shown indications they want to be here in their exit interviews, and we want them here, so it's incumbent on us to get that done." Both have player options for next season.