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Al Horford will play in Game 2
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The Hawks C dislocated his right pinkie finger in the team's win vs. the Nets in Game 1, but he will play Wednesday. Said Horford: "[My range of motion] is still a little limited, but I practiced today and I felt good."

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Ian Begley @IanBegley

Phil Jackson on expectations for the #Knicks: "We don’t expect to go to a championship next year. That would be like talking crazy."

Hawks churn out great coaches

Mike Budenholzer is the latest in a line of Hawks coaches to claim the Coach of the Year award -- the franchise's 6 COY winners are the most by any franchise. Perhaps even more amazing? The 6 wins were by 6 different coaches in 5 different decades.

Lowe: Last chance for these Spurs?
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Grantland's Zach Lowe writes that win or lose, we might be watching the last hurrah of one of the greatest core groups in sports history. The Spurs will try to even their series with the Clippers on Wednesday. Why Clippers are so tough

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OTD: Bulls finish season 72-10
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On April 21, 1996, Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 103-93, finishing the regular season 72-10, the best record in NBA history. The team was no fluke, either -- it went on to beat Seattle in the Finals for its fourth of six titles in eight seasons.

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Man arrested over MJ-LeBron argument
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A Pennsylvania man was arrested for aggravated assault Saturday after arguing with his roommate over who was better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. It's unclear which side he was on, and he was later released on bond. His Airness or King James?

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

With the exception of some Clippers last season re: Doc Rivers, I've never heard a roster of players swoon more for a coach than Hawks & Bud

Legler: All the credit to Budenholzer
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Sorry Steve Kerr and David Blatt, but Tim Legler says Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer was the right choice for top coach: "I thought this was the easiest postseason award of all to come up with."

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Ian Begley @IanBegley

Phil Jackson reiterates that he will consider trading the Knicks' 1st round pick but he'd prefer to develop the pick into a franchise talent

Bulls rookie banged up after Game 2
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Nikola Mirotic left late in Monday's fourth quarter vs. the Bucks with a left quad strain and swollen left knee. After taking an elbow to the head from ZaZa Pachulia, there was fear in the locker room that Mirotic could also be concussed, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

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Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks

Bucks committed just 4 TO's last night, their fewest in a game this season & in any playoff game in the last 30 years (prev. low, 5, 2010).

The greatest miss you'll ever see
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Stephen Curry's pregame warm-up Monday involved shooting from everywhere in the building. Yes, literally everywhere -- including a full-court heave from the opposite tunnel that will leave you shaking your head. Maybe next time, Steph!

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Mike Budenholzer coaching credentials
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  • Coached Hawks to franchise-record 60 wins
  • First to win Coach of Year and have four All-Stars
  • Hawks went 17-0 in January, best undefeated month in NBA history
  • 19-game win streak was tied for 6th-longest in NBA history

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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Congrats to Coach Bud on COY. Won 60 games despite not one player scoring more than 30 in a game. Epitomized team hoops.

Budenholzer named Coach of the Year
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Mike Budenholzer led the Hawks to a 60-22 mark, their best regular season in franchise history, and was rewarded with the Coach of the Year award today. Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes and 513 points, ahead of Golden State's Steve Kerr, who finished second with 56 first-place votes and 471 points.

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Michael Smith: There is no MJ-LBJ debate
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Said His and Hers' Michael Smith: "LeBron, he’s not even my all-time starting 3! … So if you want to come up to me arguing that LeBron is better than MJ, I’m not – what do they say? Don’t argue with fools?"

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Butler is Rose's best teammate
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Jimmy Butler is averaging more points than any other teammate of Derrick Rose in a single postseason (28.0 PPG). The last to average at least 20 per game was Ben Gordon in 2009 -- Rose's rookie season.

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NBA playoff Game 2's tonight (ET)
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  • Celtics at Cavs, 7 p.m. (Cavs lead 1-0)
  • Wizards at Raptors, 8 p.m. (Wizards lead 1-0)
  • Mavs at Rockets, 9:30 (Rockets lead 1-0)

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LeBron creeping up on Jerry West
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If LeBron James scores 19 points tonight against the Celtics, he will pass Jerry West for the 8th all-time in the postseason scoring list. With another deep run in the playoffs, James would have his sights on passing Dr. J and Karl Malone.

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