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  • Hawks push Cavaliers late, but LeBron pushes back to take Game 1

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 12 hrs ago

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    LeBron James capped his postgame interview with TNT's Lewis Johnson with seven simple words: "All right, I'm going to lay down." He'd earned the rest, but that he'd needed to expend so much energy late despite his team holding an 18-point third-quarter lead suggests that these Atlanta Hawks aren't interested in a second straight meek postseason exit at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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    The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player checked just about every box on Monday, finishing with 25 points on 11-for-21 shooting, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals in 40 1/2 minutes to lead the Cavs to a 104-93 win that gives Cleveland a 1-0 lead over visiting Atlanta in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.

    The Cavs needed those looks, because Atlanta fought back from an awful offensive start to push Cleveland late.

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  • Chandler Parsons and DeAndre Jordan are totally friends again

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs ago

    It feels like it's been roughly 100 million years since the biggest, weirdest and most ridiculous story of the NBA's 2015 offseason — the Dallas Mavericks' courtship and ensnaring of prized free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, followed by the change of heart that led Jordan back to the Los Ageles Clippers — exploded in a panoply of emojis. Evidently, I'm not the only one who feels that way — after all the smirks, slights, sorries and so whats, Jordan and Mavericks lead recruiter Chandler Parsons have apparently buried the hatchet:

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    Because, y'know, there were wounds:

    Like, for real:

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  • 'Space Jam 2,' starring LeBron James, might really be on the way

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    Turn on your nostalgia faucets and get set to drink deep, Children Of The 1990s: The long-rumored sequel to "Space Jam" might finally be taking off. Like, for real, this time.

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    Maverick Carter, James' longtime friend and business partner, who serves as CEO of SpringHill Entertainment, told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com back in March that a James-led "Space Jam" project had not "been discussed in detail with Warner," that LeBron "couldn't even entertain that discussion until he's finished with the Cavs this season at the earliest," and that starting production on such a project "in James' limited time this summer would seem virtually impossible." All the same, SpringHill president Jamal Henderson said the project was "super on the radar," even if there was no news to report.

    Despite a report LeBron will star in Space Jam 2, no deal is in place sources say. Maybe at some point but not as of yet.

  • Steph Curry: 'Pretty good' chance of return for Game 3 vs. Blazers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    The Golden State Warriors sure seem to be doing just fine without Stephen Curry these days, but the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player remains eager to return to the court from his right knee sprain as soon as possible.

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    The most important words Curry said, of course, are "to me." The Warriors' medical team and coaching staff will have to be confident that his knee has responded well to treatment and rehabilitation, and that a potential early reinsertion into the lineup won't carry unnecessary additional risk of reinjury, before signing off on getting No. 30 back in uniform.

    When exactly everyone will be comfortable enough to pull that trigger remains to be seen, as Kerr said this weekend, according to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press:

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  • Klay, Draymond lead Curry-less Warriors to 1-0 lead over Blazers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Before tipoff at Oracle Arena on Sunday, Stephen Curry got in some light stand-still shooting work, part of an intensive rehabilitation regimen aimed at getting him past the Grade 1 sprain of the medial collaterial ligament in his right knee and back on the court sooner than anticipated. Asked by ABC's Lisa Salters about the chances that he makes his return in next Saturday's Game 3, Curry sounded an optimistic note:

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    As exciting as the prospect of the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player returning is for Bay Area sports fans, though, his Golden State Warriors teammates seem intent on doing whatever's in their power to convince him not to rush back on their account.

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  • Heat scorch Hornets behind Dragic, Whiteside to win blowout Game 7

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Before Sunday's do-or-die Game 7 against the Charlotte Hornets, ABC's cameras captured Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade seeming to be overcome by emotion during the singing of the national anthem:

    Dwyane Wade shedding a tear and getting emotional during the national anthem pic.twitter.com/4fW3Y60QQl

    "Just focused," Wade, whose star turn late in Friday's Game 6 extended the Heat's season to make Sunday possible, explained to ABC's Doris Burke after the game. "Thinking about the moment. This team ... it's been, all season, we've had opportunities to cave, and every time we've been in that situation, we've somehow prevailed."

    Wade and the Heat added another victory to that list on Sunday, thanks in large part to a pair of dominating performances from two talented teammates.

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  • Paul George is ready to go 48 minutes to keep the Pacers alive

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Through five games, the Indiana Pacers have outscored the Toronto Raptors by 26 points in 189 minutes with Paul George on the floor. They have been outscored by 29 points in 51 minutes with George sitting. Other factors have helped determine success or failure in their first-round playoff series — stuff like Kyle Lowry's iffy shot-making (and possibly balky elbow) and random acts of Ian Mahinmi — but for the most part, it's been that simple: the seventh-seeded Pacers' chances of upsetting the deeper and better (if somewhat scrambled and not-quite-world-beating) No. 2 Raptors go away when George goes to the bench.

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    "He looked pretty gassed at the end of the third," Vogel said. "We had a decent lead that I thought we could hold up. That lead stayed around 11, I think, until around the nine-minute mark, and then we were ready to get him back in."

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  • Drug dealers are now naming heroin after Stephen Curry

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    As Stephen Curry has improved and developed into the NBA's most potent offensive force and its Most Valuable Player over the past couple of years, he has also become one of the sport's highest-profile superstars, a pitchman par excellence who has become ubiquitous thanks in part to endorsement deals with Degree, Kaiser Permanente, JBL, Brita, Fanatics, Chase and, of course, Under Armour. While we've grown accustomed to seeing Curry's face in all sorts of places, it's a safe bet that the Golden State Warriors point guard never envisioned his mug appearing on this particular product:

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    Thinking Steph Curry wouldn't be happy that he is this week's brand for heroin in Philly. cc: @StephenCurry30 pic.twitter.com/mmRcC741YM

    Hat-tip to The Big Lead.

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  • BDL's 2015-16 NBA Playoff Previews: Spurs vs. Thunder

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    How They Got Here

    • San Antonio : Kelly Dwyer gave you the Spurs' story heading into the postseason — offense reorganized around Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, far and away the league's best defense, the persistent presence of future Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, etc. They kept rolling in Round 1, manhandling the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies in a four-game sweep with an average margin of victory of 22 points.

    Despite that inevitable outcome, though, San Antonio didn't always look quite as dominant as expected. The Spurs dished assists less frequently and turned the ball over more frequently than they did during the regular season; grabbed a lower share of available rebounds on both ends; and allowed more points off turnovers, on second-chance opportunities and on the fast break. Leonard looked tremendous, averaging 21.5 points and nearly six combined blocks/steals per game, and Aldridge was typically tough to stop, but by and large, the Spurs looked more "significantly better than Memphis" than "abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

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  • Five 2016 free agents who can earn big raises with big postseasons

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The NBA playoffs give players the opportunity to shine in high-pressure situations in front of national audiences … and, if free agency's on the horizon, set them up for huge paydays. Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine looks at five free-agents-to-be whose performance in the 2016 postseason could have a major impact on their next contract.

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    Which 2016 free agents are you keeping an eye on this postseason? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below.

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    Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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