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Windhorst: Does Riley realize he's like LeBron?

Pat Riley took another shot at LeBron, but the Heat's president should understand LeBron's decision as well as anybody.

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Lowry needs to step up

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler explains why Kyle Lowry is the player who needs to step up for the Raptors to have a chance of making it to the second round of the playoffs.

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Mavs look to fix leaks on defense

Despite doing a decent job containing James Harden, the Mavs got lit up for 118 points by the Rockets in Game 1.

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4hCalvin Watkins

X-factor could be Clint Capela

Houston's Clint Capela, a 20-year old rookie, getting playing time at center behind Dwight Howard.

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Nets look to get Brook Lopez going

Will the Nets be able to better feed their big man in Game 2? Since the All-Star break, the Nets are 7-0 when Lopez attempts 20 or more field goals.

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Warriors surge past Pelicans (2:17)

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron is 19 pts from passing J.West for 7th in all-time playoff scoring & 3 stls from passing R.Horry for 10th in all-time playoff steals

LeBron responds to Pat Riley
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A day after the Heat president said there are "no more smiling faces with hidden agendas" in the organization, LeBron brushed off the comments: “I don’t care about nonsense. … I lock in right now and I don’t need nothing creeping into my mind for no reason that doesn’t need to be there."

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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Blazers' Nic Batum apologizes for Spanish players remark on card: "I apologize if I hurt some people. I have total respect for Marc Gasol."

Gasol not dwelling on Blazers' message

A laminated card in the Blazers' locker room Sunday included the phrase, "We don't lose to Spanish players." Marc Gasol via The Oregonian: "I have better things to think about than what they're writing on the wall. They've had Spanish players on their team in the past." What else was on the card

Mike Budenholzer continues Pop Legend
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Four of the last 7 NBA Coach of the Year award winners have been either Gregg Popovich or someone from the Popovich coaching tree. Mike Budenholzer served as an assistant coach under Popovich from 1996-2013.

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Suns' Morris twins charged in assault
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Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris are among five men indicted in the alleged assault of a 36-year-old man after an incident on Jan. 24 at a local recreation center. Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. Story

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Mike Budenholzer thanks Gregg Popovich
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The Coach of the Year, a longtime assistant of Popovich's, said the Spurs coach prepared him: "And I think that's ultimately what the role of a coach is: To prepare his team, to prepare a player, or to prepare a person for their opportunity. And I just want to thank Pop for preparing me for this opportunity."

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OTD: Bulls finish season 72-10

On April 21, 1996, Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 103-93, finishing the regular season 72-10, the best record in NBA history. The team was no fluke, either -- it went on to beat Seattle in the Finals for its fourth of six titles in eight seasons.

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Going through Bogut stats. Teams take only 28.3% of their shots at the rim when he's in, 35.5% when he's out. And they funnel guys to him

LeBron aiming to keep the streak
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The Cavaliers look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics today while LeBron James looks to keep an impressive streak going. His teams have won 10 straight first-round games and are 25-3 in first-round games over the last seven postseasons.

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LeBron: All my energy goes toward team
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NBA reporter Mark Schwarz talks about Heat president Pat Riley taking a stab at LeBron, and the star replying, "I don't care about nonsense."

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LeBron unaware of Pat Riley's jab
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The Heat president told reporters Monday there are "no more smiling faces with hidden agendas" in the Heat organization. LeBron, whose playoff tradition of avoiding social media is in full swing, said: "My concern is Game 2. I have no notion of what transpired yesterday."

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ESPN in Snapchat Discover Live
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On this date, in 1996, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls set an unbelievable NBA record that still stands to this day. Check out today’s edition of ESPN on Snapchat Discover to see how truly dominant this team was.

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Nikola Mirotic unlikely for Game 3
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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said the rookie has a quad strain and a swollen knee but doesn't have a concussion after taking an elbow to the head from Milwaukee's ZaZa Pachulia, per ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell.

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Thibs says it's going to be a few days for Mirotic. Doesn't want to put timeline on it. But sounds very unlikely for Game 3.

Masai Ujiri causing a stir in Toronto
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Despite $60,000 in fines, a little opportune cursing has gotten the Raptors -- and their profane GM -- back on the map. His boss is OK with it

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ESPN in Snapchat Discover Live
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Steph Curry … with a beard? Check out what NBA players might look like if they had NHL playoff beards in today’s edition of ESPN on Snapchat Discover.

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That's a big request, Phil
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New York posted the worst season in franchise history in terms of record and scoring margin, and its 19 losses by at least 20 points were 6 more than any other team league-wide.

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Phil wants Knicks to improve by 25 wins
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Said president Phil Jackson today: "I want to see us have a winning record. I want to see us win. And that's a big jump to go from where we're at to having a winning record." The Knicks finished 17-65 this season, the worst in franchise history.

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Al Horford will play in Game 2
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The Hawks C dislocated his right pinkie finger in the team's win vs. the Nets in Game 1, but he will play Wednesday. Said Horford: "[My range of motion] is still a little limited, but I practiced today and I felt good."

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Ian Begley @IanBegley

Phil Jackson on expectations for the #Knicks: "We don’t expect to go to a championship next year. That would be like talking crazy."

Hawks churn out great coaches

Mike Budenholzer is the latest in a line of Hawks coaches to claim the Coach of the Year award -- the franchise's 6 COY winners are the most by any franchise. Perhaps even more amazing? The 6 wins were by 6 different coaches in 5 different decades.