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This is going to be the wildest October in history

Lucky us: We get to watch a bunch of historically elite teams -- the best group in decades! -- collide in the postseason. Unlucky wild-card teams: We're sorry to inform you that you don't have a prayer.

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Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas out for season because of hip injury

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) missed the entire second half of Friday night’s game against the Cavaliers due to a hip strain. BOSTON – The Celtics announced Saturday that All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the season aft

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LeBron James, Cavaliers hold off Pacers for historically tight first-round sweep

LeBron James and the Cavaliers completed a first-round sweep for the third consecutive year, but this one was decided by a total of 16 points.

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Rajon Rondo of Chicago Bulls out indefinitely with broken thumb

Rajon Rondo, who has averaged 11.5 points and 8.5 assists in the Bulls' two win over the Celtics, is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb.

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The Pacers were back in the series ... until LeBron James happened

LeBron James contributed one of the finest playoff performances of his career in Cleveland's Game 3 win over Indiana.

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How the Golden State Warriors Survived the West | TIME

The Warriors complete their playoff comeback against Oklahoma City. Up next, the NBA's series of the century.

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Klay and Steph save Warriors season, stun Thunder to force Game 7 | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The Warriors needed their superstars to come up huge to save their season. The Splash Brothers delivered to force Game 7.

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LeBron and Kyrie carry Cavs past Raptors, into 2nd straight Finals | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The Cleveland Cavaliers will play for the first championship in franchise history thanks to another stellar performance from stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

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Curry, Warriors outlast Thunder, will play at least 1 more game | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The defending champions withstood another tremendous defensive effort from OKC and will live to play Game 6 on Saturday.

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Cavs find the touch, torch Raptors to get within one win of Finals | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The Cavs didn't lose their A-game; they just forgot to pack it when they left for Canada. When they got home, they found it.

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Thunder overwhelm Warriors again, move within a win of NBA Finals | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Oklahoma City followed up a Game 3 blowout with another commanding win in Game 4 and now has three chances to win and move on to the NBA Finals.

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Pavelski, Ward carry Sharks within a win of finals - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: (The Sports Xchange) - Joe Pavelski scored his second goal of the game 16 seconds into the third period as the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Monday to put them one win away from their first Stanley Cup finals. Leading

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Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors to 105-99 win over Cav - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night. DeMarr

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Oklahoma City dominates Golden State in OKC, takes 2-1 series lead | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The Thunder led by 41 points and had Game 3 wrapped up well before the third quarter ended.

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Raptors drop Cavs to 10-1 in playoffs

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds and the Raptors beat Cleveland 99-84 on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their first loss this postseason. Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Cory Joseph added 14

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Perfect 10: Cavs stay unbeaten in postseason, down Raptors - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Overshadowed as Golden State shot down history during the regular season, the Cavaliers are making this postseason their own. LeBron James recorded a triple-double and Cleveland improved to 10-0 in the playoffs with a 108-89 victory ove

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Curry dazzles again, Warriors even series with Thunder 1-1 - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Once Stephen Curry finally gathered himself and got up following a scary first-quarter dive into the stands, fans inside Oracle Arena could take a breath, sit back and watch the MVP put on a spectacular shooting show. ''The elbow's fine

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The Cavs send a message, totally dominating the Raptors in Game 1 | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Just one game separated the Cavs and Raptors during the regular season. Game 1 suggested that much more separates them now.

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Burns, Sharks burn Blues, tie series 1-1 – ProHockeyTalk

The San Jose Sharks handled the St. Louis Blues in just about every way to tie the Western Conference Final 1-1.

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Westbrook leads comeback as Thunder stun Warriors to take Game 1 | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: OKC looked at a clear disadvantaged in the first half but made more big plays down the stretch thanks to a terrific second half from their star point guard.

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Lowry scores 35, DeRozan has 28, Raptors beat Heat 116-89

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Dragic, Wade lead Heat past Raptors 103-91 - and into Game 7 - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The Miami Heat went small, and came up big. Goran Dragic scored a postseason career-high 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Heat rode a small lineup to a 103-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, tying their Eastern

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The Thunder eliminated the Spurs with more overwhelming defense | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: A late comeback made the result relatively close, but the Thunder were clearly superior in ending the 67-win Spurs' season.

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Curry's crazy dagger takes Warriors past Blazers, into West finals | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The unanimous MVP scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and put Golden State into the next round with one of his patented pull-up three-pointers.

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DeRozan and Lowry finally star at same time, push Heat to the edge | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: It's been a rough postseason for DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, but the All-Stars were huge when it counted in Game 5.

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Westbrook's more balanced approach leads OKC, puts Spurs on brink | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The attack-first Thunder guard balanced his most extreme tendencies with sound decision-making to bring his team within one win of the West finals.

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17 of Curry's 40 in OT, Warriors up 3-1

Golden State's superstar certainly was. Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score an NBA-record 17 points in overtime, finishing with 40 as the Warriors rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals with a 132-125 victory o

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Wade rallies Heat to OT win, series 2-2

Dwyane Wade was rolling. Wade scored 30 points, including the layup that sent the game to overtime and finished off Miami's frantic comeback from a nine-point deficit, as the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference sem

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NHL Playoffs Takeaways: Stars, Predators each force a Game 7

Here are the key takeaways from Monday night's playoff games.

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Kevin Durant's Game 4 heroics save Thunder season, and much more - CBSSports.com

The Spurs had an answer for everything, except Kevin Durant. Series tied 2-2. Let's play (at least) six.

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Kevin Love's eight 3-pointers push Cleveland into the East finals | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: The Cavs forward broke Atlanta's heart time and time again as his team swept the Hawks.

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NHL Playoffs Takeaways: Lightning bounce Isles, get back to East finals - CBSSports.com

The Lightning are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals after dispatching the Islanders in five games.

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Lillard headlines Blazers' shooting outburst in Game 3 win | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Damian Lillard's playoff career-high 40 points lifted the Blazers to a very impressive win that cuts the Warriors' series lead to 2-1.

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Pavelski's 2 goals lead Sharks past Predators in Game 5

Joe Pavelski scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks bounced back from a triple-overtime loss to beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 series lead.

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Lowry's bounce-back Game 3 rises above injuries for Raps and Heat | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Centers Jonas Valanciunas and Hassan Whiteside both went down in a pivotal game highlighted by Kyle Lowry's 29 second-half points.

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'It's all about details': How the Spurs put away OKC in Game 3 | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: "One play, two plays can win you a game. Or lose you a game." The Spurs made those plays on Friday. The Thunder didn't.

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The 3-point-happy Cavaliers are terrifying, and the Hawks are dead | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: After Game 2, the Hawks vowed the Cavs wouldn't hit 25 3s again. They're men of their word: in Game 3, the Cavs only made 21.

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Series tied 2-2 as Predators beat Sharks 4-3 in triple OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Fisher ended his own personal playoff drought with his first overtime goal in 12 years, giving the exhausted Nashville Predators plenty to celebrate. Fisher scored his second goal at 11:12…

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Carroll scores 21, Raptors beat Heat in OT to tie series

TORONTO (AP) — This time, overtime went the way of the Toronto Raptors. Jonas Valanciunas made sure of it. DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Miami Heat…

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The Cavs couldn't stop making 3s in historic blowout of the Hawks | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Cleveland made 18 three-pointers in the first half and set a new NBA single-game record in a comprehensive rout.

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Warriors’ defense, Klay Thompson take over fourth quarter, earn Game 2 win – ProBasketballTalk

Only one team in this series can crank up their defense enough to  win them games. The Warriors' offense feeds off that stingy defense — with or without Stephen Curry in the lineup, again Tuesday it was without — and the combination can lead to big r