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Hawks' Budenholzer named Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer has been named the NBA's Coach of the Year after guiding the Atlanta Hawks to the league's second-best record and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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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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Celtics' Bradley: 'Expect to see different team'

The Celtics have a lot to clean up before Game 2 versus the Cavaliers, but Avery Bradley and Brad Stevens believe their team is up to the task.

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Clippers starters dominate (3:56)

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The greatest miss you'll ever see
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Stephen Curry's pregame warm-up Monday involved shooting from everywhere in the building. Yes, literally everywhere -- including a full-court heave from the opposite tunnel that will leave you shaking your head. Maybe next time, Steph!

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Mike Budenholzer coaching credentials
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  • Coached Hawks to franchise-record 60 wins
  • First to win Coach of Year and have four All-Stars
  • Hawks went 17-0 in January, best undefeated month in NBA history
  • 19-game win streak was tied for 6th-longest in NBA history

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Congrats to Coach Bud on COY. Won 60 games despite not one player scoring more than 30 in a game. Epitomized team hoops.

Budenholzer named Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer led the Hawks to a 60-22 mark, their best regular season in franchise history, and was rewarded with the Coach of the Year award today. Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes and 513 points, ahead of Golden State's Steve Kerr, who finished second with 56 first-place votes and 471 points.

Michael Smith: There is no MJ-LBJ debate
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Said His and Hers' Michael Smith: "LeBron, he’s not even my all-time starting 3! … So if you want to come up to me arguing that LeBron is better than MJ, I’m not – what do they say? Don’t argue with fools?"

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Man arrested over MJ-LeBron argument
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A Pennsylvania man was arrested for aggravated assault Saturday after arguing with his roommate over who was better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. It's unclear which side he was on, and he was later released on bond. His Airness or King James?

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Butler is Rose's best teammate
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Jimmy Butler is averaging more points than any other teammate of Derrick Rose in a single postseason (28.0 PPG). The last to average at least 20 per game was Ben Gordon in 2009 -- Rose's rookie season.

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NBA playoff Game 2's tonight (ET)
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  • Celtics at Cavs, 7 p.m. (Cavs lead 1-0)
  • Wizards at Raptors, 8 p.m. (Wizards lead 1-0)
  • Mavs at Rockets, 9:30 (Rockets lead 1-0)

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LeBron creeping up on Jerry West
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If LeBron James scores 19 points tonight against the Celtics, he will pass Jerry West for the 8th all-time in the postseason scoring list. With another deep run in the playoffs, James would have his sights on passing Dr. J and Karl Malone.

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OTD: Bulls finish season 72-10
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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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NBA playoff starters, ranked
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Bradford Doolittle ranked all 80 of the NBA playoff starters, and the top 5 is probably no surprise, as it includes the likes of Steph Curry and LeBron James. But just who does he name at No. 80? All starters (Insider)

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All Butler in the 4th
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Chicago's Jimmy Butler took over in the final quarter Monday night, finishing with 31 points for the game, the 2nd straight game he's set a playoff career high.

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Chandler Parsons, Devin Harris questionable

The Mavs' players could be game-time decisions for tonight's Game 2 against the Rockets, said coach Rick Carlisle. Parsons has a sore right knee while Harris is dealing with toe injuries. Houston leads the series 1-0.

Bulls rookie banged up after Game 2

Nikola Mirotic left late in Monday's fourth quarter vs. the Bucks with a left quad strain and swollen left knee. After taking an elbow to the head from ZaZa Pachulia, there was fear in the locker room that Mirotic could also be concussed, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

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