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  • Cavs acting GM Griffin: 'We're all under review' (The Associated Press)

    Composed and confident for someone with such a hazy future, David Griffin is going about his job as if he'll have it forever - or at least for the next few years. Griffin, who took over as the Cavs' interim general manager in February when Chris Grant was fired, said Tuesday he isn't worrying about whether he'll have the interim tag removed from his title by owner Dan Gilbert. ''I'm moving forward,'' he said, ''because it's what I do.'' Griffin insists his only focus is on improving the disappointing Cavs, who missed the NBA playoffs for the fourth straight season. During a 25-minute news conference, Griffin adeptly handled a variety of topics including his future and that of coach Mike Brown, plus the on-court relationship between All-Star guard Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr., Knicks beat Nets, 109-98 (Automated Insights)

    The New York Knicks had an impressive game shooting the ball in this one, going 32-67 (47.8%) from the field, including 11-21 (52.4%) from three-point range, to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 109-98. New York (36-45) is now on a three-game winning streak. Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench and put up 16 points on 5-10 shooting, including 4-5 on 3-point attempts, in a quality offensive outing. Other top performers for New York were J.R. Smith with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Cole Aldrich with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

  • Tyler Zeller posts double-double, Cavaliers blow out Nets (Automated Insights)

    Tyler Zeller came off the bench and earned his third double-double this season, scoring 22 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Cleveland Cavaliers dismantle the Brooklyn Nets, 114-85. The Cavaliers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 32 assists and turning it over only 12 times. Cleveland (33-49) picked up the win after falling to Boston Celtics on Saturday. Other key performers for Cleveland were Kyrie Irving with 15 points and five assists, Tristan Thompson with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Spencer Hawes with 10 points and seven rebounds.

  • Column: Even Thibodeau can't defend this clunker (The Associated Press)

    Sunday turned out to be another one of those nights, and in a 102-93 playoff-opening loss to the Washington Wizards no less. Worse, the tough-minded defense that has let the Bulls stand up to high-powered opponents lacked its usual effort and intensity. So coach Tom Thibodeau zeroed in where he always does. ''Giving up 35 free throws ... '' The way those numbers rolled off Thibodeau's tongue was no accident.

  • Raptors drop expletive and game to Nets in playoff opener (Reuters)

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Sparked by a stinging expletive the NBA playoffs got off to an explosive start as the Brooklyn Nets landed the first blow in a suddenly bitter Eastern Conference first round match-up with a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Out of the playoffs since 2008, Toronto's return to the postseason was both eventful and controversial, upping the ante in the best-of-seven series. With A list celebrities, including rappers Drake, Jay-Z and Beyonce, occupying courtside seats, an embarrassing technical malfunction and a jaw-dropping expletive delivered by Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri to thousands of frenzied supporters at a pre-game pep rally, the first game of the NBA postseason offered a little bit over everything. A super-charged atmosphere greeted players and fans after allegations that the experienced Nets had tanked their final few regular season games to get a preferred match-up with the youthful Raptors rather than face the Chicago Bulls.

  • Nets pull away from Raptors (The SportsXchange)

    TORONTO -- Playoff experience is supposed to give the Brooklyn Nets an advantage over the Toronto Raptors. The Nets have it, the Raptors do not. Veteran forward Paul Pierce showed just what experience can mean on Saturday. He scored nine of his 15 points in the final three minutes of the game and the Nets took the opener of their playoff series with the Raptors 94-87.

  • Nets 94, Raptors 87 (The SportsXchange)

    TORONTO -- Guard Deron Williams and forward Joe Johnson each scored 24 points on Saturday as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors, 94-87, in the opening game of an NBA first-round playoff series. Veteran forward Paul Pierce scored nine points in the final three minutes of the game for the Nets and finished with 15. Johnson also grabbed eight rebounds as did center Kevin Garnett, and guard Shaun Livingston chipped in with 10 point points for Brooklyn. Guard Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 22 points, while guard Greivis Vasquez added 18.

  • Cavaliers enter an interesting offseason (The Associated Press)

    Kyrie Irving was already wearing his jacket and a Louis Vuitton backpack as he conducted his final postgame interview. Once Irving finished answering questions, Cleveland's All-Star point guard quickly left the locker room. The postseason remained out of reach for Irving and the Cavs, who had a turbulent six months together. With coach Mike Brown's future in question and owner Dan Gilbert faced with difficult decisions on his front office, roster and whether to offer Irving a maximum, five-year contract extension, the Cavs are in flux.