Kevin Love seeking second opinion
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the prognosis on Kevin Love's shoulder may be delayed as the Cavs PF seeks a second opinion.
Kevin Love: Not a basketball play
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."
Mike Conley undergoes facial surgery
The Grizzlies PG is out indefinitely after undergoing facial surgery today from fractures sustained in Game 3 vs. the Trail Blazers when he inadvertently took an elbow to the face. Memphis can sweep the series tonight with a win.
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New official sock of the NBA
All players will wear Stance socks in their team's colors while on the court. Said executive VP of business development Clarke Miyasaki: "All we do is socks and we're committed to making the best for the best players in the world." (via ESPN's Darren Rovell)
Butler quietly posting huge numbers
Through four games in the first round, Jimmy Buckets is averaging 28.3 points per game. That'd be good for the highest first-round Bulls average of all time if not for a gentleman named Michael Jordan.
NBA playoff games tonight (ET)
- Hawks at Nets, 7 p.m. (Hawks lead 2-1)
- Bucks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (Bulls lead 3-1)
- Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (Grizzlies lead 3-0)
Kevin Love's timetable to return
What the MRI shows on Kevin Love's shoulder will determine how long he'll be out, but if he does come back this season, Dr. Michael Kaplan said: "He's going to be a little nervous about it if he comes back too early. ... I would think not before a few weeks."
5-on-5: What's next for the Cavs?
A panel of NBA writers weighed in on the penalties that could be ahead for Cleveland. Should J.R. Smith be suspended for his smack on Jae Crowder? Said Marc Stein: "Fact in the boldest print you can find on the Internet." 5 questions
Carlisle's statement on officiating
Don't ask Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle about the officiating. He'll just tape his mouth shut.
Cavs will miss Love
Kevin Love took some grief this season, but Cleveland has been a much better team with him on the floor this postseason.
Expect no J.R. Smith for a bit
ESPN's Dave McMenamin on Smith's possible suspension: “A minimum of two games. Probably more likely three and I wouldn't be shocked if it were 5. You’re talking about a guy with a suspension history both in the regular season and in the postseason." (via Mike & Mike)
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Joakim Noah on the Kevin Love injury: "Unfortunate. Very unfortunate. You don't want anybody getting hurt. You don't wish that on nobody."
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Celtics announce Jae Crowder sustained left ACL sprain. Appears to have dodged more serous injury.
Clippers' win turns series around
ESPN's Bruce Bowen on the Clips' Game 4 win: "The mantra for the Clippers was 'take the ball to the basket any chance we get.' ... That was the biggest difference in this game from the Clippers' standpoint -- they had energy."
ICYMI: Smith ejected for Crowder smack
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected for his backhanded swipe on Celtics forward Jae Crowder. After the game Smith said regarding possible discipline: "I know I'm nervous as hell to see what could come out of this."
LeBron is used to first-round sweeps
With the Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday, LeBron James has swept a best-of-7 series six times. The only players in NBA history with more sweeps of a best-of-7 series are Tim Duncan (8) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (7). (via Elias)
Cavs in for long playoff run?
Each time LeBron James has swept a first-round series, his team has gone deep into the playoffs
The Cavs' lost Love
The Cavs were 36 points better with Love on the floor against the Celtics, compared with just 1 point better with him off the floor. They also boast a significantly better shooting percentage from the field, particularly with 3s.
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)
Jrue Holiday: I just want to get healthy
The Pelicans G is considering a surgical procedure to remove a screw from his leg: "I don't think [the screw] is necessary anymore. They put the screw in to hold the rod. It's just a procedure where I'll get the screw out."