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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: After disappointing Celtics' season, is the end near for Danny Ainge?

Tim Bontemps: The combination of Chris Paul's health and Deandre Ayton's play. I thought this was a toss-up series to begin with, and Paul's shoulder issue swung the pendulum in L.A.'s favor in Games 2 and 3, while Anthony Davis' groin injury helped swing it back to Phoenix in Game 4. Davis' health will loom over the rest of the series, but if Paul continues to play like he did in Game 4 and Ayton remains an impactful player, the Suns should be favored to close this series out. Even if Davis plays, it's hard to envision him back at 100 percent.Memphis Grizzlies

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On Friday, TNT announced the three-time champion would serve as a guest analyst for the network’s playoff coverage alongside Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny “The Jet” Smith.Denver Nuggets

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''I love everything about D-Book,'' James said. ''We've had numerous conversations in the past. When you want to be legendary in this game, you've got to continue to improve not only your game, but also as a man. All the conversations we've had, I can tell he's soaked them up and is using them to his advantage.''

There would be a couple of possibilities if Ainge were to come to Utah. One is that Lindsey moves on to another franchise to run its organization, and Ainge steps into Lindsey’s role. The other is Ainge takes on more of a Jerry West-style consultant role advising new owner Smith and having a voice in the Jazz front office, but not the final say.

Warriors fans clearly wish Draymond and his Golden State teammates still were playing basketball right now.New Orleans Pelicans