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John Wall with the block
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Kyle Lowry thought he'd end the first quarter with an extra two points but the Wizards PG had other ideas.

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End of 1Q in Raptors-Wizards

John Wall finished off the first quarter by blocking Kyle Lowry. The point guards have just two points each in this first-round series. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Raptors GM responds to Pierce
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At a pregame rally, Masai Ujiri told thousands of fans that "I don't give a s--- about it," referencing Paul Pierce's recent ESPN interview saying Toronto was lacking the "it" factor.

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Ugly early in Wizards-Raptors

The two teams are shooting a combined 4-21 (19%) from the field in the early going. The Raptors have a 7-5 lead. Watch live

'Pitch Perfect' playoffs are here

The regular season is over, so what better way to tip off an aca-awesome postseason than with Raptors star Kyle Lowry and the Barden Bellas from Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" (in theaters May 15). Watch the promo

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Watch: Raptors vs. Wizards, 12:30 p.m. ET

The 4-seed Raptors haven't advanced in the postseason since 2001, and even though they won all three meetings with the 5-seed Wizards this season, the Raptors are 0-6 all-time in Game 1s in the first round. Live on ESPN and WatchESPN

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Drake (Coachella) out for Raptors game

Rapper and Raptors team ambassador Drake is not expected to be present for Game 1 today at 12:30 ET (on ESPN/WatchESPN) due to a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He's probable for Game 2.

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Warriors now betting favorite for title
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Golden State has overtaken the Cavs, according to the latest odds from Westgate.

  • Warriors 7-4
  • Cavaliers 12-5
  • Spurs 5-1
  • Hawks 12-1
  • Bulls 14-1

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Noah: 'No restrictions' on minutes
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Joakim Noah, who missed the last two games, told reporters that he won't be limited for Game 1 tonight against the Bucks (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).

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Happy playoffs, folks. If the postseason lives up to the regular season, we're all in for a treat.

Saturday's tip-offs
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The NBA postseason is here, with things tipping off up north:

  • Wizards at Raptors, 12:30 ET, ESPN
  • Pelicans at Warriors, 3:30 ET, ABC
  • Bucks at Bulls, 7 ET, ESPN
  • Mavericks at Rockets, 9:30 ET, ESPN
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What to expect in the East
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Will the Bucks' lack of playoff experience hurt them? Can LeBron James make it a perfect 10-0 in first-round series?

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What to expect in the West
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Whose hot streak will come to an end first in the Clippers-Spurs series? Can Portland go deep in the playoffs without Wesley Matthews?

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Chandler Parsons understands the boos
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The guard left Houston to join the Mavs last offseason, and the former Magic season-ticket holder said he can relate to the boos: "That's just how the world works. ... I booed Shaq when he came back. I booed T-Mac when he came back." The Mavs plays the Rockets in Game 1 tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. (via ESPN Dallas)

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David Lee to miss today's Game 1
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The Warriors F, who had been listed as questionable, has a strained lower back that also kept him out of the regular-season finale. James Michael McAdoo and Brandon Rush will be active for the playoff opener against the Pelicans.

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