FavoritesSettings

Play6:30
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
21m

New mission, same LeBron

As he prepares for a playoff run that could bring Cleveland its first NBA title, LeBron James intends to stay on top of his game.

Play2:53
1dMarc Stein

Sources: NBA cap could pass $100M by 2017-18

At this week's NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York, teams were advised ‎that the league's salary cap could rise past the $100 million mark as soon as the 2017-18 season, sources said.

Play4:40

Mike Budenholzer conversation

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer talks about the team's mindset heading into the playoffs, what he learned working under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and the arrest of Thabo Sefolosha.

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images
19hMike Mazzeo

Thaddeus Young in best supporting role

The Nets squeaked into the playoffs with the help of a young veteran who filled in the gaps for a struggling team

Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports
1dKevin Arnovitz

Hawks face their unwitting benefactor

The 2012 deal of Joe Johnson helped make the Hawks' success this season possible. Now Atlanta faces Brooklyn, hoping to earn the biggest dividend.

Play0:16
11hTom Haberstroh

From where will Brow's help come?

The Pelicans received one of the most dominant scoring debuts ever, but the uncertain status of Tyreke Evans may leave Anthony Davis with little help.

TrueHoop TV

James Harden led the league in minutes (2:39)

Play2:39
Play1:20

How The West Will Be Won

This season's Western Conference might be the best the game has ever seen. Want to reach the promised land? You'll have to survive the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Now

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Would probably go Spurs in 6 if Splitter were healthy. Spurs in 7 w/ his status unknown is dicey. Shame this series happens in 1st round.

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

The 1994 Nuggets*, 1999 Knicks, 2007 Warriors, 2011 Grizzlies and 2012 76ers are the only teams to pull 8-over-1 upsets in playoff history

Cavs' quest to make history

The Cavaliers are seeking to become the 5th team in NBA history to win the title after missing the playoffs the previous season. Game 1 between the Celtics vs. Cavaliers coming up at 3pm ET on ESPN.

Jason Miller/Getty Images

Boston Celtics @celtics

Stevens: "There's always pressure to play your best. That's good pressure. You have to live up & play to your standards this time of year."

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

David Blatt: “I’m not a Celtics fan anymore. I haven’t been for a while. … My Celtics fan days were Bill Russell and the crew."

Sunday Conversation: LeBron James
NBA 

LeBron calls the Cavs a "first-year team" but is excited for the playoffs. Says the King: "It's the postseason. And we have a chance. And that's all you can ask." The 2-seed Cavs face the Celtics today at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.

Play6:30
NBA 

OTD: Sixers-Pistons brawl, fined $162K
NBA 

Twenty-five years ago today, an infamous late-game brawl broke out when Bill Laimbeer was on the receiving end of a Charles Barkley left hook. Said Laimbeer after the game: "[Barkley's] a loser. ... Nothing he says is intelligible anyway." And what of Barkley? "I won two titles tonight. I won the division title with my teammates, and I retained my undisputed heavyweight championship of the world."

Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images
NBA 

Doc Rivers: CP3's intensity is like KG
NBA 

"Kevin [Garnett] was insane. He was insane, I'm telling you, in a very positive way, but he was on another level. ... They're similar in the fact of their intensity and their preparation, but Chris [Paul] is not anything like KG as far as outward emotions. Chris is the exact opposite of that."

Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports
NBA 

Cavs, Celtics get things started
NBA 

Today's NBA playoffs schedule:

  • Celtics at Cavaliers, 3 ET, ABC
  • Nets at Hawks, 5:30 ET
  • Trail Blazers at Grizzlies, 8 ET
  • Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 ET
AP Photo/Tony Dejak
NBA 

LeBron as a Cav back in the playoffs
NBA 

LeBron James and the Cavs host the Celtics today in the first round, where LeBron is 9-0 all-time. James averages 28.9 points per game against the Celtics in the postseason, trailing only Jerry West for most against the Celtics all-time.

David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images
NBA 

John Calipari @UKCoachCalipari

I’m proud that our kids are being drafted at unprecedented numbers, but what I’m more proud of is that they thrive in the NBA Playoffs.

Mavs can't get it done down south
NBA 

The Mavs lost Game 1 against the Rockets 118-108 Saturday while James Harden scored 24 points. Losing in Houston has been a theme for the Mavs this season.

NBA 

Doc Rivers: Spurs not unbeatable
NBA 

Said the Clippers coach, who faces the Spurs tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET in Game 1: "No, I think you can beat anybody. You just have to match it. I've never met an unbeatable team. Everybody's beatable. You've just gotta hang in there long enough to do it."

David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports
NBA 

NBA top plays from Game 1s
NBA 

A couple of league veterans made the list, sure -- but Anthony Davis' alley-oop slam in his first career postseason game was good for best play from Saturday.

Play0:44
NBA 

ICYMI: Warriors hold on for win
NBA 

It got a little closer than they anticipated after building a 25-point lead, but the top-seeded Warriors held off the Pelicans to earn a win in Game 1. Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State with 34 points.

Play1:44
NBA