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The Atlanta Hawks' double-teams came early and often, with help defenders behind them lying in wait. Such is the attention that Philadelphia 76ers center and MVP finalist Joel Embiid demands when he's working down low.Cleveland Cavaliers

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“I thought the second unit was struggling,” Rivers said. “We had zero points at halftime from our second unit. I talked to Shake today. I said, ‘This is a long run, man, if we do this right, and everyone’s going to get a shot. And stay ready.’  … Shake came back last night, played 1-on-1 at 10 o’clock at night. He shot extra. He prepared himself and he believed that he could get another shot, and he got it and he gave us a huge lift. So I’m very happy for him.”

In the second half, it looked as if he stepped on Hawks forward John Collins’ foot and he winced a bit. He was clearly in some type of pain and it appeared to be his left side, but he was still able to play through it and total 27 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists in the win.

The Mavs have earned a benefit of the doubt from the public the Clippers could only dream about. A series win over the top-seeded Utah Jazz would go a long way toward establishing respect, ending the jokes.Minnesota Timberwolves

While the Clippers rebounded to beat the Dallas Mavericks in seven games after dropping the first two at home in the first round, no team has ever overcome multiple 2-0 deficits in the same postseason.Oklahoma City Thunder

There’s certainly an argument to be made that putting your best defender on the other team’s best perimeter scorer isn’t always best practice. Exerting more energy on defense can take a toll on the offense of a player like George or Leonard. But sometimes there’s also more net value to be gained by shutting down a secondary creator and scorer.

But Budenholzer is going to have to start winning some categories on his rookie counterpart or things could quickly get uncomfortable for him.Charlotte Hornets

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