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Olynyk: 'Surprised' by Love's accusation

Celtics C Kelly Olynyk think it's "ridiculous" Cavs F Kevin Love is accusing him of intentionally hurting Love's shoulder Sunday. Said Olynyk: "In basketball, I don't think anyone is trying to hurt anyone. For [Love], it's very unfortunate. I know they're trying to make a run right now." (via Boston Herald)

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Lardner was a great inspiration to Jim Murray, who, among many others, inspired Rick Reilly. Plenty of sportswriting traces to him. Legend.

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' 11 champ JJ Barea on Mavs' 4-game playoff W streak when he starts: "Hey, I hope it works the same way. I hope we win 15 more in a row."

Cavs sweep Celtics, lose Love

The Cavs swept the Celtics in a heated Game 4. LeBron James scored 27 points and his teams have won 13 straight 1st-round games, though this win came at a cost. Uncertain future

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Kevin Love: Not a basketball play
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The Cavs' star on Kelly Olynyk's foul that resulted in his shoulder injury: "I thought it was a bush-league play. ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose."

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Pierce trolls Raptors perfectly

Paul Pierce talked a lot of trash before the Wizards-Raptors series but he backed it up. The Wizards finished off a sweep Sunday, and Pierce capped the day with some amazing Facebook trolling. See his posts

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Mavericks roll past Rockets
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J.J. Barea got his first postseason start since Dallas' 2011 title run, and six Mavs scored in double figures, including Monta Ellis with 31, as Dallas beat Houston 121-109 to force a Game 5.

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Cavs much better with Love
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With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the floor together this season, the Cavs outscored opponents at a rate of more than 13 points per 48 minutes which would rank 1st in the NBA over the course of the season. In 370 minutes that James and Irving played without Love, the Cavs' scoring margin fell by 9 points per 48 minutes -- but is still among among the top-5.

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Russillo @ryenarussillo

Say what you want about Pierce, but everything he said about the Raptors was fair, and he backed it up.

Howard's reach goes for miles and miles
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Dwight Howard might need to find his Superman cape after he elevated for an overthrown lob and threw down this massive hammer of a slam dunk.

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