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Love heads to locker room

Kevin Love appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in a tangle with Boston's Kelly Olynyk and headed to the locker room. Cavs lead Celtics 19-10 with 5:22 left in the first quarter.


Watch: Cavs at Celtics, 1 p.m. ET on ABC

The Celtics are trying to do something no team down 3-0 has ever done -- come back to win the series. But playing against LeBron James is its own story completely: His teams have never lost a first-round series. Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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NBA playoff games today (ET)

  • Cavs at Celtics, 1 p.m. on ABC/WatchESPN (Cavs up 3-0)
  • Clippers at Spurs, 3:30 p.m. on ABC/WatchESPN (Spurs up 2-1)
  • Raptors at Wizards, 6:30 p.m. (Wiz up 3-0)
  • Rockets at Mavs, 9 p.m. (Rockets up 3-0)

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Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Smart admits oversleeping was "unacceptable." Said alarm clock didn't go off. Said he apologized to team and staff.

Grim series outlook for Clippers

History tells us that a 2-1 series lead for San Antonio means big trouble for the opposition.

Tim Duncan: Always happy to help

On Tim Duncan's 39th birthday Saturday, ex-NBAer Etan Thomas took to Facebook to describe how The Big Fundamental schooled him on the court,

Etan Thomas

Dave McMenamin @mcten

When given the chance to ask a 2nd Q in the pregame presser, Scalabrine expanded on his identification: "Scal, all around good guy"

First round no sweat for LeBron & Co.

LeBron James' teams have won 12 straight first-round games, and he's never lost a first-round series, going 9-0 in his career. The Cavs are looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Celtics today at 1 p.m. ET on ABC and WatchESPN.


Dave McMenamin @mcten

With these pressers being on TV, reporters asked to identify ourselves by name/affiliation. When Brian Scalabrine gets the mic: "Scal"

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Marcus Smart late for shootaround after he overslept. Will likely sit out first quarter. Did not impact decision to start Crowder.

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Crowder replaces Smart in starting lineup. Bass remains, which might not be a good sign about how much they expect from Sullinger.

Spurs can close it out under Pop

Under coach Gregg Popovich, San Antonio has won 84% of its playoff series when it leads 2-1. The Spurs, leading the Clippers 2-1, play today at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

LeBron looking to go 10-0 in first round

LeBron James is 9-0 in first round series in his career. Dating back to when the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984, only Robert Horry (16-0) and Derek Fisher (15-0) have won more first round series without suffering a series loss. (via Elias)

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Rose takes the blame for loss

Derrick Rose committed a critical turnover and defensive lapse in the final seconds of Chicago's Game 4 loss. He said postgame: "I put that all on me. Just wasn't paying attention to the ball. ... But if anything, this is a learning experience. ... I swear I'm built for it." Ready for next game

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NBA top plays of the night

Bucks G Jerryd Bayless' season-saving layup with 1.3 seconds left to beat the Bulls in Game 4 earned him top play honors from Saturday's playoff games.