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Wizards, Hawks ready for what's next

The well-rested Wizards meet the top-seeded Hawks in Game 1 in Atlanta (Live on ABC & ESPN3 at 1 p.m. ET).

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Hornets want own D-League team

Charlotte has previously shared a D-League affiliate with one or more NBA teams. Said president Fred Whitfield: "We view player development is critical. We think this is a great opportunity for our basketball people to have complete autonomy and control of ... that." (via Charlotte Observer)

Watch: Game 1, Wizards-Hawks, 1 p.m. ET

The Hawks are 1-14 in Game 1 of conference semis dating back to 1970-71. And the Wizards are seeking their first conference semifinal series win since 1979 -- when they beat the Hawks. Live on ABC, WatchESPN

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Any dogs in the house?

NBA analyst Bruce Bowen is so pumped for these NBA playoffs, he coined a new catch phrase, dog bark and all.

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Round 2: Clippers meet the Rockets

With the Game 7 win over the defending-champion Spurs on Saturday, the Clippers will face a Rockets team they outscored in the four times they met this season -- though the season series is split.

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Today's slate of games: •Hawks/Wizards, 1pm EST, ABC •Warriors/Grizzlies, 330pm EST, ABC

Wizards get Garrett Temple back

Temple has been sidelined since early March with a hamstring injury, but he'll be available for Game 1 vs. the Hawks the today. The guard averaged 3.9 ppg this season.

ICYMI: Paul's series-ender against Spurs

Much was made before tip of what Game 7 could mean for Chris Paul's legacy. This shot with everything on the line was the only response CP3 needed as he ended the Spurs' season.

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Towns likes Phil Jackson's 'presence'

Said Karl-Anthony Towns: "As a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. ... If I have the opportunity to ever play for the Knicks, that's what I would love to do." (via NY Post)

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Chris Paul: Shame to see Spurs done

The respect and admiration between Paul and Tim Duncan runs deep. "I've known Tim Duncan since I was 11 years old," Paul said. "Everybody knows the Wake Forest connection ... but Tim's been like a mentor and big brother to me."

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Pop: Duncan, Manu will probably return

After losing Game 7 to the Clippers, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked what he, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili would do next season. Said Pop: "It's all psycho babble. I have no clue. We'll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good."

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Next round starts Sunday on ABC

There's no rest for the weary. The conference semis tip off Sunday with a doubleheader on ABC/WatchESPN:

  • Wizards at Hawks, 1 p.m. ET
  • Grizzlies at Warriors, 3:30 p.m. ET

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Ginobili on retirement: "Some days you feel proud & think you did great. Other games you think, ‘What the hell am I doing here? "