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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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)

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Doc on CP3 playing: "I pretty much doubt it, to be honest, just from talking to him. But we’ll see. Right now, I just don’t think so."

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Matt Barnes on covering Harden: "it's hard I'm hoping the refs can let us play physical. If they allow me to guard James."

How does Tristan Thompson help Cavs?

Said Chauncey Billups of Thompson's insertion into the Game 2 lineup: "I think it gives them the opportunity to now play with a traditional lineup."

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Huge Game 2 on the line for Bulls, Cavs

In NBA history, teams in best-of-7 series have fallen behind 0-2 on 268 occasions. Only 16 teams -- or 6% -- have come back to win the series. The Cavs face that danger tonight when they take on the Bulls, who lead the series 1-0.

Chad Ford's 'Grade: A' mock draft

Chad Ford does his best Mel Kiper imitation and lays out the perfect pick for every team in next month's NBA draft. He loves Karl-Anthony Towns for the Wolves if they end up with the No. 1 pick. All 60 picks (Insider)

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