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Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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#NBAFrontOffice: Thunder's next steps

ESPN.com's NBA Front Office convenes to discuss the firing of Scott Brooks by the Oklahoma City Thunder. What is the way forward for OKC, and what type of replacement should they target?

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J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption

Cavs newcomer J.R. Smith set the tone before the ball was tipped in Game 3. His special flair is being embraced as endearing rather than dubious.

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Grizzlies grinding early

Courtney Lee is off to a quick start, going 3-for-3 from the field for a quick 7 points to help Memphis off to an 13-5 lead midway through the 1st quarter. Mike Conley is trooping through a sprained right foot by wearing a half-size larger shoe. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Grizzlies at Blazers, next on ESPN

The Blazers bring the series to their turf but face a 2-0 hole. Memphis has lost only once in its last 12 games against Portland. Can the Trail Blazers get their outside game going? Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Elite Warriors company

The list of players in Warriors franchise history with consecutive 35-point road games in the playoffs is short, but sweet:

  • 2015 Stephen Curry
  • 1967 Rick Barry
  • 1964 Wilt Chamberlain
  • Step-back Steph

    It may be ho-hum to Stephen Curry, but it's still boggling to see. Curry goes between the legs, jab steps and pops behind the arc for a silky trey. It was one of six that helped eliminate the Pelicans from the first round.


    Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

    Wes Matthews enters Moda Center for first time since his Achilles injury and dos so wearing an Ironman helmet. Crowd goes nuts.

    Warriors sweep Pelicans from playoffs

    It's the first sweep for the Warriors since the 1975 Finals -- the last time they won the title. Stephen Curry finished with 39 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in the 109-98 victory. Box score

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    Brow keeps joining clubs

    Anthony Davis is the 4th player in NBA history to average 30 points and 10 rebounds in their first 4 career playoff games.

    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    • Wilt Chamberlain
    • Bob McAdoo
    • Anthony Davis

    Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

    Kerr was SCREAMING at Curry to move the ball on that AD iso. After Curry hit the shot, Kerr walked to the bench, laughing hysterically

    Pelicans doing rather than dying

    On the brink of elimination, Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis have dropped in 7 quick points to cut Golden State's lead to 10 with 6 minutes left in the game. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


    Splash Bros have scored 55% of the Warriors points. (Curry - 32, Thompson - 20)

    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Steph shot a mortal 35 percent on 3s for series coming into tonight. Now 6 for 7 tonight from deep. He & Draymond bidding for triple-doubles

    Pelicans making noise late

    The Pelicans have cut Golden State's 24-point lead with 3 minutes left in the third to a respectable 12 early in the fourth behind a 9-0 run led by Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


    Dubs have Pelicans flying scared

    The Warriors are 12 minutes away from a sweep. Stephen Curry has 27 points (5-for-6 from 3) and may not even make it back in the fourth as Golden State's 21-13 third quarter has given the Warriors a 21-point lead. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Eleven 3s in 18 tries. A 20-zip edge in fast-break points. And only five turnovers. The 67-win Warriors have arrived in New Orleans

    Warriors go for the knockout

    The No. 1 team in defensive efficiency has put the clamps down. The Warriors have allowed only 8 New Orleans points in the third quarter as the Dubs have used a 16-2 run to push their lead up to 21 midway through the 3rd. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN