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LOS ANGELES-Pick a champion, any champion.

Upsetting the Los Angeles Clippers would have been a tall order even if the Warriors had their #fullsquad. Without starting center Andrew Bogut, getting out of the first round of the NBA playoffs feels like a pipe dream.

Within 24 hours of failing to land Dwight Howard, the improvising Mavericks on July 5th and 6th reached contract agreements with their prospective new starting backcourt.

A capsulized look at the Western Conference playoff matchups.

When Mike Conley pulled down the rebound with 6.7 seconds left in overtime against the Dallas Mavericks, the Grizzlies down by one, Conley looked toward head coach Dave Joerger on the Memphis bench.

A capsulized look at the four first-round series in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks made the playoffs, which means the team that has no real chance to win the NBA title or probably even a postseason series will not be in the draft lottery or draft higher than 15th (barring a trade).

LOS ANGELES-Pau Gasol survived so many trade rumors over the years, including the one that really wasn't fabricated (David Stern, December 2011).

The Heat have been met with little resistance in the first round of the playoffs the past three seasons, winning 12 of 14 games.

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