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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he would have attended the funeral for Isaiah Thomas's sister Saturday if there had been more time before the start of the Wizards series. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and assistant coach Jerome Allen went with Thomas to Tacoma. Said Stevens: "We all send our best. It's hard to think about how he feels right now." Thomas is expected back Saturday night and should be ready for Sunday's Game 1, though Stevens stressed to Thomas to take more time if he needs it.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine had the assembled media chuckling while he explained why he basically became a spot up shooter throughout most of his rookie season with the Bulls: "That was pretty much the only option," Valentine said after his exit interview with the Bulls' front office. "Unless you want me to go over there and take the ball from somebody. Go over and steal the ball from Jimmy? Nah."

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When it's mattered most, "Iso Joe" has been the go-to scorer for the Jazz.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics forward Jae Crowder, reflecting Saturday on the John Wall nose boop that cost him $25,000: "Emotions took over. A lot was going on that game. Cost me a lot of money. I regret it."

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Regardless of whether the Jazz or Clippers win Game 7 on Sunday, ESPN's BPI predicts that either team would have less than a 10 percent chance to beat the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.

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If the Jazz plan to upset the Clippers in Game 7 on Sunday, they'll need Rudy Gobert's on-court presence. The center has been Utah's defensive anchor throughout the series, but his health is in question after twisting his left ankle in Friday's Game 6 loss.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors say Matt Barnes (ankle) is upgraded to probable for Game 1 of the second round and Shaun Livingston (index finger) still remains questionable.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs getting in some practice in advance of conference semifinals matchup with Houston.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham plans to decline player option to become unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources tell ESPN.

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When it's mattered most for the Clippers, Chris Paul has been their go-to playmaker and delivered with big shots.

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What was the difference for the Celtics in their first-round series win against the Bulls? Ball movement, which allowed them to shoot 51 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3-point line.

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If the Wizards plan to take down the Celtics in the second round, they'll need to quicken the pace and find opportunities in transition like they did against the Hawks.

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As the Clippers head into Game 7 against the Jazz on Sunday, Chris Paul will be looking to cap off the best scoring series of his playoff career.

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Clippers 98, Jazz 93 (series tied 3-3) -Chris Paul: averaging 27.3 PPG this series (career high for a playoff series)

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Wizards 115, Hawks 99 (Wizards wins series 4-2) John Wall had 19 points in the fourth quarter, most in 4th Q of any of his 24 playoff games