Good morning. Let's basketball.
SATURDAY IN ONE LINK: If you want the quickest version of what happened on Saturday, we have you covered with our morning-after feature. We'll be running this every day over the next couple months.
TODAY: Here's what Sunday's schedule looks like.
Mavericks at Spurs, 1 p.m. ET, TNT
Bobcats at Heat, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Wizards at Bulls, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Blazers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
WHAT THE HAWK: The Pacers got smoked by Atlanta in Game 1. Here's Paul George's night in two GIFs. Playoff Teague Is Not A Myth. And Kyle Korver blocked Roy Hibbert twice! As the great Lang Whitaker would/did say: #ATLshawty.
ZEBRA GAMES: A consistent issue on Saturday was uneven refereeing. Nowhere was that more apparent than in Clippers-Warriors as both Andre Iguodala and Blake Griffin played only about 20 minutes before eventually fouling out.
When Griffin was booted for No. 6, he took out his frustration on a courtside Warriors fan via a half-filled cup of water. He was coy about the incident in post-game comments. We'll see how coy Adam Silver is.
F--K FONDUE: Toronto was a bit crazed on Saturday. Downtown swarmed with fans, Masai Ujiri screamed "F--k Brooklyn" at a pre-game rally and Drake took to the airwaves to criticize Jay-Z for ... enjoying a nice fondue?
The Nets smacked back with a Game 1 win. #TeamFondue
HOME SWEET HOME: Only one home team -- the Thunder -- won on Saturday. And even they gave up a massive lead before closing it out.
MEANWHILE, IN LAKER LAND ...: A huge, important story on the present and future of the Lakers by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. The most stunning news included: Jim Buss has vowed to give up the reins of basketball operations if the Lakers are back contending for the West crown within 3-4 years.
LOVE AND WAR: Interesting angle on the Mark Jackson-Joe Lacob relationship from Ken Berger. (And if you're keeping track, Jeff Van Gundy did indeed criticize Lacob for not extending Jackson's contract during the broadcast.)
'I LOVE YOU, MAN': Via Holly MacKenize, this is an amazing passage in a great Charlotte Observer story on the relationship between Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson: "He [Kemba] looks over at me [Big Al] this time and says, ‘I love you, man.' In the middle of the game! I didn't know what to say. So I just thought, ‘Okaaaay.' But I said, ‘I love you, too.' "
Al would understand if he'd gone through what Kemba did the past two years in Queen City.
Happy Game 1 Sunday. See you next time.