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Health of Parker, Curry at center stage

The Spurs and Warriors are both hoping their star point guards are healthy enough to play well Sunday.

Spurs, Warriors worried about point guards

Tony Parker and Stephen Curry enter Game 4 with questions after both were injured in Game 3 on Friday.

Kevin Durant is doing it all, but can he do more?

The Memphis Grizzlies have a 2-1 series lead despite not playing that well. Can the Thunder get even more from their star player to help regain control of the series?

Memphis, Indiana win defensive slugfests

Tony Allen's defense propelled the Grizzlies while Roy Hibbert led Indiana to Game 3 wins Saturday.

Tim Duncan misses practice but should play

Tim Duncan missed practice for the Spurs with an illness, but is expected to play in Game 1 of the team's second round series vs. Golden State Monday.

Can the Knicks defense stay aggressive?

The Knicks' perimeter defense pestered the Boston Celtics and forced a lot of turnovers in the first round. Can New York's D keep it up against Indiana?

Can the Thunder get physical with the Grizzlies?

Often an afterthought in the first round against the quicker Rockets, the Thunder need a big defensive performance from Kendrick Perkins against the big, physical and talented Memphis frontcourt.

Deng released from hospital

Bulls forward Luol Deng is out of the hospital, but his status for the conference semifinals remains unclear.

Rose won't return in playoffs, unless he does

Derrick Rose spoke to the media Saturday but offered little clarity about what he plans to do.

Johnson struggles in game seven loss

Brooklyn received a poor effort from one half of its star backcourt in the team's Game 7 loss to Chicago Friday.

Point guards, young and old, deliver for Thunder

Minus Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder are getting key contributions from two very different replacements.

Thunder, Grizzlies renew playoff rivalry

After a physical seven game series in 2010-11, the Thunder and Grizzlies will meet in the second round of the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Thunder advance to second round

Kevin Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Houston Rockets Friday to win their first round series 4-2.

OKC leads Houston at the break

After shooting just 30 percent for the series, Kevin Martin scored 21 first-half points for the Thunder Friday, and OKC has a 58-54 lead at halftime

Can Pau and Dwight dominate?

Minus Tiago Splitter, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard need to have big efforts Sunday for the Lakers to extend their series with the Spurs.

Boston's last stand?

If the Knicks complete the sweep of Boston Sunday, what does the future hold for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce?

Harrington, Turkoglu could be on the market soon

The Magic are expected to trade or release two of their pricey veterans this offseason.

Heat, Knicks and Spurs could advance

Three first-round series could come to an end Sunday.

Durant, Robinson among Saturday stars

Saturday's NBA Playoff game featured strong individual performances from several players.

One day later, it's still Nate Robinson's world

Everyone knows Nate Robinson can score, but his truly Jordan-esque performance Saturday still qualifies as unexpected.

Harden faces former teammates

Can James Harden lead his new team to an upset over his old team?

Officiating crews for Sunday

The NBA has announced the four-man officiating crews for Sunday's playoff games.

Can the Lakers pull off an upset?

Longtime playoff rivals reunite under slightly different circumstances as the Spurs and Lakers open their first round series Sunday.

Can the Heat repeat?

Miami gets started on its quest for another title Sunday.

'Melo continues impressive scoring in Game 1

Carmelo Anthony averaged 37 points per game in April, and he carried that production into Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs Saturday.

Nets offense dominates Bulls

The Nets had no problems picking apart Chicago's defense in Game 1.

Andre Miller carries Nuggets

Andre Miller's 'old man game' helps the Nuggets win Game 1 at the buzzer.

Paul, Clippers guards, dominate

Chris Paul scored 23, but big efforts from Chauncey Billups, Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford helped the Clippers to a big win in game one against the Grizzles.

Can banged up Bulls beat Nets?

The Bulls have won three of four against the Nets this season, but they enter their playoff series with major injury concerns.

Curry, Warriors hoping for upset

The Nuggets are favored by 7.5 points entering game one of their first round series against Golden State.

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