Basketball Wiretap

Kevin Durant Doesn't Expect To Miss Any Time With Tweaked Ankle
Kevin Durant called it "a quick roll."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Stephen Curry Cleared For Return To Modified Practice
Stephen Curry has missed the Warriors' last 13 games with a sprained MCL.

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Tyus Battle Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Tony Battle is a projected first round pick.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Joel Embiid: I'm Going To Be A Nightmare For Miami
Joel Embiid appeared to be uncomfortable wearing his mask at times.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton
Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) break down all eight playoff series.

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Mike Budenholzer Withdraws From Suns' Coaching Search
Mike Budenholzer met with the Suns over several days this week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Stephen Curry Unlikely To Return Before Game 3 Of 2nd Round
Stephen Curry is expected to take the full six weeks of his 4-6 week timeline.

Marcus Thompson II/The Athletic

Multiple Execs Expect Lakers To Pursue Trade For Kawhi Leonard
One league executive believes Kawhi Leonard wants to play in Los Angeles.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Ettore Messina To Coach Spurs In Game 3
Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin Popovich, passed away on Wednesday.

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Joel Embiid At Risk Of Permanent Eye Damage If Hit Again In Orbital Bone
Joel Embiid's previous eye injury happened during his lone season at Kansas.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

James Dolan: I Just Think Phil Jackson Underestimated The Job
James Dolan lamented the tenure of Phil Jackson as president of the Knicks.

Larry Brooks/New York Post

James Dolan: A Great Player In Basketball Is The Team
James Dolan acknowledged the significance of having Kristaps Porzingis to build around.

Larry Brooks/New York Post

Kevin Love Expected To Play In Game 3, X-Rays Negative On Left Thumb
Kevin Love merely "jammed" the thumb and could have returned.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 18): Cavs/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder, Rockets/Wolves
On Cavaliers/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder and Rockets/Wolves.

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Dunc'd On: IND/CLE; UTA/OKC; MIN/HOU Game 2s, News
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap CLE/IND, OKC/UTA, HOU/MIN, and NBA news.

Knicks To Interview Kenny Smith For Head Coaching Job
Kenny Smith has never coached in the NBA and has worked in broadcasting with TNT since 1998.

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN

Gregg Popovich's Wife Passes Away
Gregg and Erin Popovich were married for four decades.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

LeBron James: We Could Never Build For The Playoffs With Changes During Season
The Cavaliers made dramatic changes at the deadline.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Mike Brown Wants To Be Head Coach Again But Will Be Selective
Mike Brown is enjoying his current role as Steve Kerr's lead assistant coach.

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

Magic Johnson Believes Lakers Proved They Have 'Really Good Young Players'

Lee Jenkins Sports Illustrated

Kyle Kuzma: I Feel Like Whole League Is Watching Us
Kyle Kuzma is encouraged by the strides the Lakers made this season.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Rob Pelinka: I Think There Became A Comfort In The Banners
Jerry Buss died in 2013 and Rob Pelinka wondered what he would make of their rebuilding state.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Zhaire Smith Hires Agent, Will Remain In 2018 NBA Draft
Zhaire Smith averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his lone season at Texas Tech.

Matthew Cardenas/Dallas Morning News

NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers
On Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks and Pelicans/Blazers.

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Dunc'd On: NOP/POR; MIL/BOS; WAS/TOR Game 2s, Listener Questions About All 3 Games
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap NOP/POR, BOS/MIL, TOR/WAS, and answer some listener questions.

Report: Kawhi Leonard Not Replying To Spurs For Weeks
Kawhi Leonard's communication with the Spurs has been limited.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

David Fizdale To Interview For Suns' Job
David Fizdale is widely considered one of the most coveted head coaching candidates on the open market.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Suns Interested In Steve Clifford, Frank Vogel, David Blatt
Steve Clifford, Frank Vogel and David Blatt have had a dialogue with the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Mike Budenholzer Meets With Suns
The Hawks and Mike Budenholzer are both open to ending their partnership.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Source: Spurs Continue To Give Signals They Won't Consider Trading Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has remained away from the Spurs during the past few weeks as he rehabs in New York.

Marc Stein/New York Times