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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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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."


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.

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Chris Paul on resting after Game 1 win: "That definitely didn’t hurt. I told the guys after the last game, if it’s not broke don’t fix it."

Kyrie Irving: I was taking fatigued shots

Irving won't let LeBron James take all the blame for the Cavs' Game 1 loss, saying he got tired: "It just wasn't in the flow of our offense. ... To get fatigued in the fourth quarter, and it's the playoffs ... it's not necessarily an excuse for myself and I've just got to be better."

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ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

Happy birthday, Chris Paul! In honor of CP3's big 3-0, check out three things you didn't know about him in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Shelburne: It's win now for Bulls

Ramona Shelburne says the Bulls are in a make-or-break playoff run because of the rift between coach Tom Thibodeau and management.


Latest NBA title odds

  • Warriors: Even
  • Cavs, Bulls: 5-to-1
  • Clippers: 6-to-1
  • Hawks: 12-to-1
  • Rockets: 18-to-1
  • Wizards, Grizzlies: 25-to-1
(via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)