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NBA playoffs schedule 2014: Clippers-Warriors, Rockets-Blazers headline 1st-round matchups

The playoffs are finally here! Here are the matchups and the schedule for the first round.<p>We've waited 82 games, but the NBA playoffs matchups are set and the schedule is out. Here's what to watch and when to watch it. All times listed are Eastern. When there is no time or television station …

Ageless Tim Duncan Just Won't Go Away, and Here's Why

Tim Duncan owns and operates an automotive shop within walking distance of the San Antonio Spurs' practice facility, proving life can imitate both art and athletics.<p>For a man who has kept the Spurs' engine purring by continuously retooling himself to accommodate an odometer that turned over long …

Bobcats bet on defense in the playoffs

The Charlotte Bobcats are finally free from their draft lottery shackles thanks to a tremendous defense under first-year head coach Steve Clifford. Their reward: LeBron James and the Miami Heat.<p>Bobcats at a glance <b><br>Record:</b> 43-39<b><br>Seed:</b> 7<b><br>Coach:</b> Steve Clifford<p><b>Starters:</b><b><br>PG:</b> Kemba Walker<b><br>SG:</b> Gerald</b> …

Kyrie Irving Implies He'll Stay a Cav 'To Do Something Special in Cleveland'

Last week, Bob Finnan of the <i>Cleveland News-Herald</i> and <i>The Morning Journal</i> reported the Cleveland Cavaliers were set to offer third-year guard Kyrie Irving a five-year, $80 million maximum extension.<p>Since then, Irving’s comments to the press have taken a decidedly morbid turn, with the All-Star guard …

Celtics GM Danny Ainge Says Team Could Trade for All-Star During Offseason

If a fast-forward option is available in the Boston Celtics' rebuilding plan, general manager Danny Ainge won't hesitate to pull the trigger.<p>The Celtics (25-57) need to upgrade their talent in a bad way. They're ready to shake every offseason tree in sight as part of that pursuit.<p>Ainge painted a …

NBA Playoffs Schedule, Round 1: Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets

The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets will go at it in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Here's the complete schedule for the series.<p>The Brooklyn Nets won all four games against the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 regular season. But before Brooklyn gets another crack at the two-time defending …

Memphis Grizzlies are ready to be every top seed's nightmare

The Grizzlies were left for dead after a poor start, but somehow rallied to win 50 games and make the postseason again. Last year's Western Conference Finalists are now the conference's most dangerous lower seed.<p>Grizzlies at a glance <b><br>Record:</b> 50-32<b><br>Seed:</b> 7<b><br>Coach:</b> Dave Joerger<p><b>Starters:</b><b><br>PG:</b> Mike Conley<b><br>SG:</b> …

Brooklyn Nets' Playoff Hopes Hinge on Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams

The Brooklyn Nets are getting ready to take on the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but how will they get past this young Raptors squad?<p>Tune in to the video above with Stefan Bondy of the <i>New York Daily News</i> to find out!

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Here's Who Would Win the 2014 NBA Playoffs If It Was Decided by Twitter Mentions

Who's going to win the 2014 NBA title? If it went off Twitter mentions, the Miami Heat would complete their three-peat.<p>Twitter put together an NBA playoff bracket based off of mentions since the start of the season, and the results had the Miami Heat beating the Houston Rockets in the …

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony: 'I want to come back; I also want to win'

In New York Knicks' exit interviews on Thursday, Carmelo Anthony told reporters he wants to come back but he also wants to win.<p><b>More NBA: Power</b> …

Golden State Warriors look to overcome injury, inner turmoil to advance

The Warriors had one of their best seasons ever, but you wouldn't know it based on the drama with the team's coaching staff and front office. Nevertheless, led by Stephen Curry, Golden State will be a tough out in the postseason.<p>Warriors at a glance <b><br>Record:</b> 51-31<b><br>Seed:</b> 6<b><br>Coach:</b> Mark …

Dallas Mavericks claw back to postseason after 1-year absence

After a down year in 2013, the Mavericks fought their way back to the playoffs thanks to a huge season from Dirk Nowitzki, a seamless transition for newcomer Monta Ellis and a great coaching job by Rick Carlisle. But can they surprise the mighty Spurs?<p>Mavericks at a glance <b><br>Record:</b> 49-33<b><br>Seed:</b> 8<b><br>Coach:</b> …

Why a Michael Phelps comeback makes sense

Could Michael Phelps tarnish his athletic legacy if his return to competitive swimming is unsuccessful?<p>Not a chance.<p>Even if Phelps fails in his comeback to the pool, nothing he does in the future can take away from what’s he done in the past. How would an unsuccessful comeback take away the 18 gold …