Rick Carlisle fined $25K for criticizing refs
The Mavericks coach was especially upset by a play in the 4th where he said Dwight Howard threw Devin Harris into the Mavs' bench: "The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there's too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can't happen in Game 4."
Danny Green @DGreen_14
ESPN On Snapchat Discover live
Tim Duncan hasn’t aged a bit! To celebrate his 39th birthday on Saturday, check out a then and now of “The Big Fundamental” in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.
Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg
Davis still 'dwelling on' Game 3 loss
Anthony Davis and the Pelicans lost a 20-point, 4th-quarter lead to the Warriors in Game 3 and now face elimination in tonight's Game 4. "It's been tough, not just on me -- organization, team, coaches ... But now we know we've got to focus on the game tonight and try to get a win."
Boston Celtics @celtics
LeBron wants more than first-round win
LeBron James will improve to 10-0 in first-round series in his NBA career if the Cavaliers defeat the Celtics on Sunday, according to Elias. That would be just the first part of his quest, though: James is seeking to become the first player in NBA history to appear in 5 consecutive NBA Finals while playing for 2 different teams.
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
A note on Kawhi's alley-oop: the Spurs had one (1) alley-oop the entire playoffs last season. Like seeing a SHOOTING star.
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
David Lee will be active for tonight's game
Lack of depth dooms Clippers
ESPNLA's Arash Markazi: "There were many reasons why the Spurs blew out the Clippers 100-73 on Friday to take a 2-1 series lead. The Clippers' lack of depth may not be the one that grabs the headlines, but it's why the Clippers' postseason was always destined to fall short of expectations."
Lowry & Raptors down and almost out
Kyle Lowry is playing through back and shin injuries and a cold, which has contributed to his 10-for-42 shooting as the Raptors are down 3-0 vs. Washington. “At the end of the day I’ve still got to go out there and play. That’s why we get paid to play.” Scene from losing locker room
Dave McMenamin @mcten
David Blatt on coaching big playoff games overseas: "I've been hit in the head by a few thrown objects in my day"
Aldridge taking after Z-Bo
Long before they faced each other in this year's playoffs, Zach Randolph paved the way for LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland. Aldridge: "People always called me 'soft,' but Z-Bo never did. In practice, I would go at it. I wasn't strong enough to bang, but I would bang with him as much as I could." A shared history
OTD: Jordan wins another scoring title
On this date 22 years ago, Michael Jordan captured his seventh straight NBA scoring title (32.6 PPG), tying Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record. Jordan also led the league in steals (2.8 SPG) that season.
Happy birthday, Tim Duncan!
Despite tying his career playoff low with 4 points Friday night, Tim Duncan should be having a happy 39th birthday today with his Spurs leading the Clippers in the series 2-1.