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Blazers stave off elimination with 99-92 win over Memphis (April 28, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, drives on Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Portland, Ore., Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard had 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers avoided elimination from the playoffs with a 99-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Memphis led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Portland rallied to deny the Grizzlies their first-ever playoff sweep.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Portland.

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams, right, fouls Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler as they chase a loose ball during the first half in Game 5 of the NBA basketball playoffs Monday, April 27, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO -- The Milwaukee Bucks insisted this playoff series was about more than just showing up, taking their beating and learning from it.

They wanted to hang around. And that's exactly what they are doing.

Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and eight assists, Khris Middleton scored 21 points, and the Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

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Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague, right, defends Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) in the second half of Game 4 of a first round NBA playoff basketball game, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. Williams scored 35 points in the Nets 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks to even their series at 2-2. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK -- Deron Williams finally delivered the game that's expected of him, and he wasn't going to let the Nets lose it.

And after he finished carrying them into a 2-2 tie with the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, the guy who had been being beaten up physically on the court and by fans and media off it knew how important his performance was.

"We really needed to get this one to stay in the series," he said, "and so it was definitely one of my better games this year for sure and probably as a Net."

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Summer Scoop: Toronto Raptors (April 28, 2015)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]


Five burning questions and answers about the Toronto Raptors' immediate future in the wake of their humbling Game 4 loss in the nation's capital that sealed a first-round sweep for the Washington Wizards:

1. What is the proper reaction to the news that the Raps got swept?

I've been trying to come up with something clever to soothe the basketball-loving locals in one of my favorite cities in the world.

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Austin Rivers still stuck in dad's shadow (April 28, 2015)
Andrew Han [ Source: ESPN ]


PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Austin Rivers was the surprise hero of Game 4 on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the Los Angeles Clippers’ series-tying victory in San Antonio.

The boost off the bench was one of the first big wins of this first-round series for a much-maligned reserve unit crafted and coached by Doc Rivers. But as is often the case when the younger Rivers excels, both Doc The GM and Doc The Coach ceded the floor to Doc The Dad.

"I guess, later, you're proud of him as a dad," Rivers said Monday. "During the game, you're proud of him as a player."

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CLEVELAND -- The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games without pay and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game for their roles in separate incidents during a playoff game.

The NBA announced the suspensions Monday night following Cleveland's win to sweep Boston in the first round Sunday.

Smith swung backward and smacked Boston's Jae Crowder in the face. Smith was ejected and Crowder sustained a sprained knee ligament.

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HOUSTON -- Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons might need microfracture surgery on his right knee, sources told, although there remains a possibility that the cartilage damage could be repaired with arthroscopic surgery.

If microfracture surgery is necessary, Parsons could be sidelined to begin next season.

In that case, Parsons would be expected to need four to six months of rehabilitation before beginning basketball activities and another two months before being game ready.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr wins PBWA's Rudy Tomjanovich Award (April 28, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

For leading the Warriors to an NBA-best 67-15 mark and his affability with the media and fans, Steve Kerr won the PBWA's Rudy Tomjanovich Award. Layne Murdoch/Getty Images

NEW YORK -- Golden State's Steve Kerr has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to a coach who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation with fans and media.

Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 67-15 record in his first season. They swept New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs.

Kerr beat out fellow finalists Doc Rivers of the Clippers, Stan Van Gundy of Detroit, Brad Stevens of Boston and Dwane Casey of Toronto. The PBWA announced the result on Monday.

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CLEVELAND -- After sustaining a dislocated left shoulder in the Cleveland Cavaliers' close-out win over the Boston Celtics, the Cavs have ruled out Kevin Love for the entirety of their upcoming Eastern Conference semifinal series, the team announced Monday.

Love suffered the injury in Sunday's 101-93 win over Boston after the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk was called for a loose-ball foul for clamping down on Love's left arm and pulling it towards the floor with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter. Love called Olynyk's actions "bush-league" after the game and said he thought it was intentional.

The seven-year veteran received X-rays and an MRI on his shoulder Monday as well as additional examination at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health before being ruled out for the second round, which would begin Saturday should the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks in five games.

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Bring it on, Philippines (April 28, 2015)
Low Lin Fhoong [ Source: TodayOnline ]

International Basketball

SINGAPORE — The gold medal dream begins for the national men’s basketball team at the 28th South-east Asian Games in June, but first, the cagers will need to get past their first test against their regional rivals this week.

Singapore will host South-east Asian teams Brunei, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines at the 11th South-east Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship for Men held at the OCBC Arena from yesterday to Friday, and the defending champions Philippines will be aiming to clinch a second consecutive title.

National captain Desmond Oh and his 15-strong squad will be keeping a watchful eye on the Filipinos, the seven-time SEABA champions who will looking for a confidence boost ahead of their title defence at the SEA Games in less than two months’ time. Regarded as a basketball giant in South-east Asia, the Philippines national basketball team have been unstoppable in the biennial event, winning 16 gold medals — they have only relinquished the title once in 1989 when they were beaten by Malaysia — since the first SEA Games was hosted in Kuala Lumpur in 1977.

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