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8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

dimemag.com Updated 2 hours ago
The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs. For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklaho…
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  • D'Antoni meets with Lakers brass, job intact

    D'Antoni meets with Lakers brass, job intact

    ESPN.com 31 minutes ago
    The worst season in Los Angeles Lakers history ended. Two days of exit interviews ensued. And Mike D'Antoni walked out of the Lakers' practice facility Friday with his job still in place as the coach of the league's marquee team.
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  • Warriors, Clippers take dislike to playoffs

    Warriors, Clippers take dislike to playoffs

    nba.com 36 minutes ago
    As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't like each other, they're a lot alike in some ways.
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  • GM confident Bledsoe will return to Suns

    GM confident Bledsoe will return to Suns

    ESPN.com 40 minutes ago
    Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is plotting the team's future after an unexpectedly successfully season, and he's confident that future includes Eric Bledsoe.
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  • Kupchak says Kobe, Lakers on same page

    Kupchak says Kobe, Lakers on same page

    ESPN.com 1 hour ago
    Kobe Bryant looks to be having an excellent anniversary trip in Paris, judging by the photos posted on his wife's Instagram account.
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  • Trading shots: Redick critiques Thompson's D

    Trading shots: Redick critiques Thompson's D

    ESPN.com 3 hours ago
    The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers have yet to play against each other this postseason, but they've already commenced trading shots.
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  • O'Neal will start for injured Bogut vs. Clips

    O'Neal will start for injured Bogut vs. Clips

    ESPN.com 3 hours ago
    Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
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  • The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

    The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

    dimemag.com 3 hours ago
    It’s that time of year again. After 2,460 games played in the 2013-14 season, 16 teams have earned their placement in the 2014 Playoffs. As Doc Rivers urges, “Now the real basketball starts.” While much attention has been focused on the first-round matc…
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  • Mannix: Clippers-Warriors

    Mannix: Clippers-Warriors

    CNNSI.com 5 hours ago
    Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix previews the 2014 NBA playoff match-up between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers.
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  • SI.com's 2014 NBA playoff predictions

    SI.com's 2014 NBA playoff predictions

    CNNSI.com 7 hours ago
    Who will be crowned 2014 NBA champion? Our NBA experts weigh in with their series-by-series playoff picks.
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  • Who's got the edge in the NBA playoffs? We rank all 16 postseas…

    Who's got the edge in the NBA playoffs? We rank all 16 postseason teams

    CNNSI.com 7 hours ago
    Sixteen teams still have a shot at the NBA title, although all of those shots aren't created equal. Unlike the upset-prone sprint of the one-and-done NCAA tournament, the NBA playoffs are a marathon of seven-game series that rarely produce massive surpr…
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  • 16 NBA Players Reveal What’s Currently Playing In Their Headpho…

    16 NBA Players Reveal What’s Currently Playing In Their Headphones

    dimemag.com 10 hours ago
    I once asked Steve Nash if anyone in the NBA didn’t listen to rap. His answer surprised me, saying there are actually quite a few, more than you’d think, who have differing tastes. With the NBA Playoffs right around the corner, check out what 16 NBA pla…
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  • Nick Young Didn’t Waste Any Time To Start Enjoying His Offseaso…

    Nick Young Didn’t Waste Any Time To Start Enjoying His Offseason

    dimemag.com 19 hours ago
    The Los Angeles Lakers finished with the second worst record in the Western Conference, and Nick Young was a large reason they escaped without the worst record when he dropped a season-high 41 points against the Conference-worst Jazz on Monday night. Th…
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  • NBA: Coast to Coast -- Playoff opening-round storylines

    NBA: Coast to Coast -- Playoff opening-round storylines

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
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  • Nash, Gasol uncertain about Lakers future

    Nash, Gasol uncertain about Lakers future

    ESPN.com 22 hours ago
    As Steve Nash and Pau Gasol pondered their NBA futures following exit interviews with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, both expressed uncertainty about the months to come.
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  • Griffin on Thompson remarks: 'Isn't my thing'

    Griffin on Thompson remarks: 'Isn't my thing'

    ESPN.com 23 hours ago
    Yes, Blake Griffin heard that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called him "a bull in a china shop," adding to the familiar narrative that the All-Star forward plays a bit "out of control" for some people's tastes.
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  • Jeff Van Gundy: This team will win the '14 Finals

    Jeff Van Gundy: This team will win the '14 Finals

    CNNSI.com Apr 17 (yesterday)
    Jeff Van Gundy predicts the Houston Rockets will emerge from the Western Conference and win the 2014 NBA Finals.
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  • Griffin supports medical marijuana in NBA

    Griffin supports medical marijuana in NBA

    ESPN.com Apr 17 (yesterday)
    Clippers forward Blake Griffin has added his voice to calls for the NBA and other professional sports leagues to investigate allowing players to use medical marijuana as a means to manage pain.
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  • Ball Don’t Lie’s 2013-14 Playoff Previews: Los Angeles Clippers…

    Ball Don’t Lie’s 2013-14 Playoff Previews: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

    yahoo.com Apr 17 (yesterday)
    The playoffs begin on Saturday, thankfully, which means it’s that lovely time of spring (and it is spring, right? It’s not going to snow again, is it?) for the minds behind Ball Don’t Lie to offer you their thoughts on the upcoming pairings in the first…
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  • Kobe takes next starring role in documentary

    Kobe takes next starring role in documentary

    ESPN.com Apr 17 (yesterday)
    A documentary on the life and career of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will air this fall on Showtime.
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  • Go On A Sneaker Hunt Inside Sacramento’s Locker Room

    Go On A Sneaker Hunt Inside Sacramento’s Locker Room

    dimemag.com Apr 17 (yesterday)
    Sacramento might be lottery-bound again this summer, but when it comes to sneakers, they’re right up there with some of the best teams in the league. DeMarcus Cousins is considered one of the NBA’s biggest sneakerheads and Isaiah Thomas is always debuti…
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  • Can the battle-tested Nets bounce the Raptors?

    Can the battle-tested Nets bounce the Raptors?

    CNNSI.com Apr 17 (yesterday)
    Can the Brooklyn Nets take down the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA playoffs?
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  • Playoff previews: Pacers-Hawks

    Playoff previews: Pacers-Hawks

    CNNSI.com Apr 17 (yesterday)
    Playoff matchup: 1. Indiana Pacers (56-26) vs. 8. Atlanta Hawks (38-44) -- Split season series 2-2 Efficiency rankings: Indiana (22nd offense, 1st defense) Atlanta (17th offense, 14th defense)
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  • Video - The Word: NBA Playoffs Preview 02:49

    The Word: NBA Playoffs Preview

    Apr 18
    Kate Fagan and Sarah Spain discuss which teams they think will likely make it to the NBA Finals and which teams have the best chance to shake things up during the playoffs.
  • Video - 'SportsCenter' Not Top Plays 01:52

    'SportsCenter' Not Top Plays

    Apr 18
    "SportsCenter" takes a look back at some of the worst plays of the week.
  • Video - Brett Brown's Playoff Preview 05:47

    Brett Brown's Playoff Preview

    Apr 17
    The head coach of the 76ers expects a re-match of last year's Finalists.
  • Video - Playoff Preview: Clippers vs Warriors 02:49

    Playoff Preview: Clippers vs Warriors

    Apr 17
    Do the Warriors have any chance against the Clippers? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss.

Sports Columnists

  • Mike Woodson, coach of New York Knicks, won't have fate decided this weeke…

    Apr 18
    While it is widely believed that the New York Knicks have already made the decision to move on from coach Mike Woodson, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that nothing will be announced this weekend.
  • Adam Silver says pushing back NBA's age limit is top priority

    Apr 18
    Armed with majority support from owners and saying "we're ready to go," NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear pushing back the league's age limit to 20 is at the top of his priority list.
  • 2014 NBA Playoffs: Mark Jackson's game of thrones

    Apr 17
    Is a trip to the Western Conference finals the only thing that can save Mark Jackson's job?
  • NBA: Coast to Coast -- Playoff opening-round storylines

    Apr 17
    J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss the opening round of the NBA playoffs.