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Steve Nash admits Lakers can't rely on him 04-23-2014
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Steve Nash is confident that he'll remain with the Lakers next season, but due to his health concerns he admitted that the team "can't rely on [him]."

ESPN Los Angeles
The Lakers could waive Nash via the stretch provision, thus reducing the cap impact of his $9.7 million final year, but the 40 year old sounds certain that he'll still be in L.A. He said that he's 3-4 weeks away from being healthy and wants to contribute in any way possible next season, even if he doesn't play and only serves as a mentor to young Lakers' players.
Kyle Korver stifled in Hawks' Game 2 defeat 04-23-2014
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Kyle Korver finished Tuesday's Game 2 defeat with only three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while being primarily defended by George Hill.

NBA.com
Pacers coach Frank Vogel tweaked his gameplan by siccing Paul George on Jeff Teague, and the ploy held Atlanta to 85 points on 39.2 percent shooting. "You got to have speed to contain the basketball down there and to scramble to shooters," said Vogel, who also paired C.J. Watson with Hill for long stretches. "That's what we were trying to achieve." Now it is the Hawks' turn to make adjustments for Game 3.
Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson in fistfight 04-23-2014
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Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson reportedly got into a fistfight during a Pacers' practice on Friday.

Yahoo! Sports
"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," said one witness to the scuffle. The Pacers were crushed in Game 1 but they bounced back to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Stephenson had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes during Game 2, Turner had three points in 11 minutes off the bench, and Roy Hibbert had another awful game with six points on 1-of-7 shooting. Paul George (27 points) and Luis Scola (20 points) bailed them out, and they'll need a more balanced team effort to keep their momentum in Atlanta on Thursday.
D.J. Augustin scores 25 in Game 2 loss 04-23-2014
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D.J. Augustin hit 10-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven assists and a steal in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Wizards. Augustin shot it much better tonight, as he hit just 3-of-15 in Game 1, and is a big part of what the Bulls do since Derrick Rose isn't around. DJA will have to keep it going with the series heading to Washington, as the Wizards are suddenly thinking 'sweep.'
Taj Gibson drops 22 & 10 in another loss 04-23-2014
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Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards. Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole.
Jimmy Butler scores 6 in 53 minutes of loss 04-23-2014
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Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. Butler tied for ninth in the league in minutes this season with 44.0 per game and it's been more of the same in the playoffs. And it's showing in his play, as he should simply be doing more with his minutes. He has to be wearing down and the Bulls are now down 2-0 to the Wizards, and head to Washington for Games 3 & 4.
Kirk Hinrich misses free throw, Bulls lose 04-23-2014
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Kirk Hinrich went to the line with less than three seconds remaining in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 and the Bulls down 101-99, but missed both free throws in the loss. He missed the first one, then intentionally missed the second one and the Bulls weren't able to get the rebound. Hinrich had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals on 5-of-13 shooting, but this game might have ended differently had he hit the free throws at the end of the game. The Bulls are now down 0-2 and heading to Washington for Games 3 & 4.
Joakim Noah plays well, but Bulls lose again 04-23-2014
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Joakim Noah hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Tuesday, but the Bulls fell 101-99 in overtime to fall into an 0-2 hole against the young Wizards. Noah celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year Award with a nice game, but the Bulls simply didn't get enough out of Jimmy Butler, who played 53 minutes tonight and scored just six points. The Bulls have their backs against a wall now, as Games 3 & 4 are in Washington, where the Wizards will be looking for the once unthinkable sweep.
John Wall plays well in another win over CHI 04-23-2014
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John Wall hit 6-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in Tuesday's impressive Game 2, overtime 101-99 win over the Bulls to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Wall committed five turnovers, but played very well and is in full control of the Wizards' offense. Bradley Beal came through tonight and will have to continue to shoot it well if the Wizards are going to close this one out.
Nene goes for 17 & 7 before fouling out 04-23-2014
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Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead. The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning.
Brad Beal scores 26, Wiz up 2-0 on Bulls 04-23-2014
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Bradley Beal bounced back from an off game and hit 9-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block as the Wizards beat the Bulls again in Chicago on Tuesday, taking an improbable 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Washington for Game 3. If you had the Wizards up 2-0 at this point, congratulations are in order. This one went to overtime as the Wizards pulled off a nice, late comeback, and then saw Kirk Hinrich miss a pair of free throws at the end of overtime to give the Wizards the win. Beal was just 3-of-11 for 13 points in Game 1 and the Bulls have already been backed into a corner against the upstart Wizards.
Green not happy with physical play of Clips 04-23-2014
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Draymond Green said on the radio Tuesday that he's upset about all the contact Stephen Curry took against the Clippers in Game 2 on Monday.

Diamond Leung on Twitter
"It pissed me off, and we'll remember that," Green said on KNBR radio. Curry and the Warriors were dominated in Game 2 and the series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Thursday at Golden State. These two teams didn't like each other before the series started, and tempers could flare before it's over.