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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Lardner was a great inspiration to Jim Murray, who, among many others, inspired Rick Reilly. Plenty of sportswriting traces to him. Legend.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

' 11 champ JJ Barea on Mavs' 4-game playoff W streak when he starts: "Hey, I hope it works the same way. I hope we win 15 more in a row."

Cavs sweep Celtics, lose Love
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The Cavs swept the Celtics in a heated Game 4. LeBron James scored 27 points and his teams have won 13 straight 1st-round games, though this win came at a cost. Uncertain future

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Kevin Love: Not a basketball play
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The Cavs' star on Kelly Olynyk's foul that resulted in his shoulder injury: "I thought it was a bush-league play. ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose."

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Pierce trolls Raptors perfectly
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Paul Pierce talked a lot of trash before the Wizards-Raptors series but he backed it up. The Wizards finished off a sweep Sunday, and Pierce capped the day with some amazing Facebook trolling. See his posts

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Mavericks roll past Rockets
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J.J. Barea got his first postseason start since Dallas' 2011 title run, and six Mavs scored in double figures, including Monta Ellis with 31, as Dallas beat Houston 121-109 to force a Game 5.

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Cavs much better with Love
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With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the floor together this season, the Cavs outscored opponents at a rate of more than 13 points per 48 minutes which would rank 1st in the NBA over the course of the season. In 370 minutes that James and Irving played without Love, the Cavs' scoring margin fell by 9 points per 48 minutes -- but is still among among the top-5.

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Russillo @ryenarussillo

Say what you want about Pierce, but everything he said about the Raptors was fair, and he backed it up.

Howard's reach goes for miles and miles
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Dwight Howard might need to find his Superman cape after he elevated for an overthrown lob and threw down this massive hammer of a slam dunk.

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Mavs survive to play another day
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Houston and Dallas played a game lacking in rhythm, but Monta Ellis (31 pts) led the Mavericks to a 121-109 win to prevent a Rockets sweep. The win breaks a 4-game postseason losing streak for Dallas at home. Box score

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard get some techs. We have a timeout on the floor. Looks like we're headed back to Houston for Game 5.

No sure thing yet in Dallas
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Richard Jefferson picked up a technical foul, Josh Smith tied his playoff-high with 3 made 3-pointers, and the Rockets are making the Mavericks sweat late in the fourth quarter. Follow live

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets need a stop on defense, got one when Barea walked. Now they need a few more and some buckets to make this a ballgame. Maybe.

Cavs get two-weeks notice on Love
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Brian Windhorst reports Kevin Love is expected to miss at least two weeks with a dislocated left shoulder: "The bad news is he's probably not going to be there at the start of the next series. But the good news is that ... they do not think this is potentially a playoff-ending injury."

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