• Paul George averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds this season, both career highs. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 2011-12.

    Indiana Pacers' Paul George (24) goes up for a dunk against Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 107-90.
    LAST UPDATE : Apr 23, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT
  • From left, Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh and LeBron James interact on the bench late in Game 1 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against Milwaukee Bucks in Miami, Sunday April 21, 2013. The Heat won 110-87.

    When the Bucks broke down film after Game 1, coach Jim Boylan paid particular attention to the way his team defended James, a job that fell largely onto the shoulders of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 22, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT
  • BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 24: J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks reacts after Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics lost possession of the ball in the final seconds of the fourth quarter during the game on January 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

    The eighth-year guard has averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 22, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
  • Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank, left, talks to Greg Monroe (10) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Cleveland.

    He took over before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, and the rebuilding Pistons have been slow to improve despite drafting in the lottery the last three years.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 18, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT
  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott watches from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

    Scott was informed he would not be coming back one day after Cleveland closed the frustrating season with its sixth straight loss to finish 24-58.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 18, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT
  • Adriana Ortiz, center, holds up a sign expressing her hopes that the team won't move after the Kings 112-108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. With the pending sale of the team and possible move to Seattle, Wednesday's game might be the last in Sacramento.

    Optimism showed through purple-painted faces and in the jerseys of players past and present worn throughout the announced sellout crowd of 17,317.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 18, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT
  • This April 11, 2012 file photo shows Magic Johnson, right, his wife Cookie and son E.J. arriving for the opening night performance of the Broadway play "Magic/Bird" in New York. The 20-year-old son of basketball great Magic Johnson is surprised by the public interest in his being gay, something that he revealed to his supportive family several years ago. Earvin Johnson III, known as E.J., says he feels like he's coming out of the closet a second time and that he's "reveling" in the experience _ even though

    Earvin Johnson III, known as E.J., says he feels like he's coming out of the closet a second time and that he's "reveling" in the experience.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 16, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT
  • Louisville celebrates defeating Michigan to win the NCAA Division I National Championship on Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville beat Michigan 82-76.

    Louisville capped its run through the NCAA tournament, coming back from a 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the championship game.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 09, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT