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WELL THEN: The Pacers are apparently coming to play! Indiana stomped Miami in Game 1 of the ECF, taking a 107-96 victory. Indiana isn't known for its offense, but the Pacers scored seemingly at will against the Heat. All five Indy starters scored at least 15, with only George Hill (3-9) shooting under 50 percent.

LeBron and Wade had big offensive games, but both got torched on defense. And the third amigo, Chris Bosh, well let's say he didn't have his best game.

Here's Hot Hot Hoops' takeaway. And here's Indy Cornrows' debriefing, which includes the most improbable Luis Scola photo ever. 

TONIGHT: The Thunder at the Spurs for Game 1 of the WCF at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART: After the WojBomb Sunday, in which Yahoo reported that the Wolves are considering their options and future with Kevin Love, the floodgates opened. Marc Stein reports that Love wants to go to a winning team, and as such the Warriors and Bulls intrigue him.

Woj also reports that the Celtics and Rockets will go hard for Love. Boston should have a top-6 pick in the draft; we'll find out Tuesday.

Canis Hoopus breaks down the rumors and the options for Minnesota. Meanwhile, we're trying to figure out what to call this impending saga.

AND THEN THERE'S THE KNICKS: Stein reports that the Knicks will move slowly on their coaching search until Phil Jackson has a chance to discuss the job with Derek Fisher, who happens to be playing in the Western Conference Finals.

WHY LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE PROBABLY WON'T SIGN AN EXTENSION.

HOW MARK JACKSON LANDED BACK WITH ESPN: Richard Deitsch has the details.

NOPE: Andre Drummond will not have you hitting on his mom.

MIKE EPPS IS CONFUSED: He seemed to claim to be at Pacers-Heat, and with good seats. But he certainly was not, because he was on a different continent.

Why Spurs fans can't stand Russell Westbrook. Why Thunder fans love Russell Westbrook.

Happy Monday. See you next time.

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