Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN
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.
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
Sunday Conversation: LeBron James
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.
OTD: Sixers-Pistons brawl, fined $162K
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."
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
LeBron James has never lost a 1st-Round series in his career, going 9-0.
Doc Rivers: CP3's intensity is like KG
"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."
Cavs, Celtics get things started
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
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Paul Pierce moved past James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list last night.
LeBron as a Cav back in the playoffs
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.
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
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.
Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN
LeBron James has 158 games worth of playoff experience, the Celtics entire roster combined has 139.
Doc Rivers: Spurs not unbeatable
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."
NBA top plays from Game 1s
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.
ICYMI: Warriors hold on for win
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.