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Towns likes Phil Jackson's 'presence'

Said Karl-Anthony Towns: "As a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. ... If I have the opportunity to ever play for the Knicks, that's what I would love to do." (via NY Post)

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Chris Paul: Shame to see Spurs done

The respect and admiration between Paul and Tim Duncan runs deep. "I've known Tim Duncan since I was 11 years old," Paul said. "Everybody knows the Wake Forest connection ... but Tim's been like a mentor and big brother to me."


ICYMI: Paul's series-ender against Spurs

Much was made before tip of what Game 7 could mean for Chris Paul's legacy. This shot with everything on the line was the only response CP3 needed as he ended the Spurs' season.


Pop: Duncan, Manu will probably return

After losing Game 7 to the Clippers, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked what he, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili would do next season. Said Pop: "It's all psycho babble. I have no clue. We'll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good."

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Next round starts Sunday on ABC

There's no rest for the weary. The conference semis tip off Sunday with a doubleheader on ABC/WatchESPN:

  • Wizards at Hawks, 1 p.m. ET
  • Grizzlies at Warriors, 3:30 p.m. ET

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Ginobili on retirement: "Some days you feel proud & think you did great. Other games you think, ‘What the hell am I doing here? "

The shot that sent home a champion

Chris Paul banked a running 9-footer over the outstretched arm of Tim Duncan with 1 second on the clock, securing the Clippers' 2-point victory and ending San Antonio's hope of a repeat championship.


Clippers' stars shine bright in Game 7

Blake Griffin had a triple-double, Chris Paul overcame an early injury to hit the game-winning basket and the Clippers beat the Spurs 111-109 in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.