After three months and a 2-0 deficit, Wizards finally get peak Wall and Beal

John Wall’s health complicated Washington’s success this season, and Bradley Beal got off to a slow start in Toronto. But the All-Star duo got it going to keep the Wizards in their series against the Raptors.

Celts’ Morris ‘expecting’ unfair calls from refs

Frustrated by a technical foul that was called on him Friday night, Celtics forward Marcus Morris said he believes the referees “knew who they wanted to go after” before the game started.

‘Chippy’ Raptors-Wizards affair produces 5 techs

Wizards forward Markieff Morris said he tried to “set the tone for how we need to play the whole series” when he got into a first-quarter altercation with the Raptors’ OG Anunoby, part of a physical Game 3 that resulted in five technical fouls.

Bogdanovic hits 30, gets raves for D on LeBron

Bojan Bogdanovic caught fire with 30 points and earned kudos from his Pacers teammates for hounding Cavs star LeBron James on defense in Friday night’s Game 3 victory.

Pacers erase 17-point deficit, put Cavs in 2-1 series hole

The Pacers held the Cavaliers to just 33 second-half points, ending Cleveland’s perfect record this season when leading entering the fourth quarter.

Bucks starting center Henson out for Game 3

Starting center John Henson is out for the Bucks’ playoff game Friday night because of a sore back, and Malcolm Brogdon started over Tony Snell.

Sources: Knicks to interview Blatt next week

The Knicks are meeting with David Blatt in Europe next week about their head-coaching job, and plan to interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer and Spurs assistant coach James Borrego, sources said.

Cavs arrive in stylish suits courtesy of LeBron

LeBron James and the Cavs arrived at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3 of their first-round series with the Pacers on Friday in matching Thom Browne suits, gifted by James.

Embiid: ‘I was built for … playoff basketball’

After only one playoff game, Sixers center Joel Embiid said Friday that the postseason was perfect for his style of play. “I feel like I’m one of the most physical players in the league — I love contact, I love attacking,” Embiid said.

Lillard: Blazers must take fight back to Pelicans

The Blazers haven’t done enough to stem the tide of confidence the Pelicans have fed into in taking a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series, Damian Lillard says.

Curry to begin practicing as rehab continues

Stephen Curry, who has missed Golden State’s last 13 games after spraining his left MCL on March 23, will begin participating in modified team practices on Saturday. He’ll be re-evaluated in one week, the team said.

NBA draft tracker: Who’s in, and who’s testing?

Who has declared for the 2018 NBA draft, and who’s testing the waters? We’re tracking the prospects in our Top 100 rankings.

The Celtics’ breakout star was once at a breaking point

Boston’s second-year swingman was once so broken up about basketball that he became physically ill. Now, he’s breaking out on the NBA’s biggest stage.

NBA coaching candidates: Big names, prospects and wild cards

With coaching vacancies opening up around the league, here’s a comprehensive look at the top names being considered for jobs.

Whiteside on lesser role: ‘I want more minutes’

Hassan Whiteside says he feels as if the Heat’s offense has been “a lot different” in the playoffs, and that he’s “not as involved” as he was in regular season.

Embiid’s return gives 76ers the edge to be conference champions

Joel Embiid’s return to Philadelphia’s lineup unlocks peak 76ers, and The Process continued to develop in South Beach.

76ers, Heat feud over garbage-time layups

Sixers center Joel Embiid said he was “pissed” about Goran Dragic’s layup at the end of Game 2, and the bad blood over garbage-time hoops continued Thursday, when Dario Saric attempted a layup with four seconds left and Philly up by 19.

Spurs’ playoff loss is meaningless in the big picture of life

With Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich away from the team on bereavement, San Antonio hosted Game 3 with a focus on the players.

Durant: Ankle not serious; I won’t miss time

Kevin Durant says he is OK and won’t miss any time after leaving the Warriors’ win in the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle.

Budenholzer ends Suns candidacy, sources say

Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, after several days of conversations, has withdrawn from consideration in the Suns’ coaching search, league sources told ESPN.

Blazers’ Turner ruled out with toe contusion

A bruised toe will keep Blazers forward Evan Turner out of Thursday’s Game 3 against the Pelicans. Turner is averaging 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in Portland’s first two games of its first-round series that New Orleans leads 2-0.

Bucks’ Parker: Playoff playing time ‘cut short’

Jabari Parker has two points in 25 minutes of two games for Milwaukee in a first-round series against the Celtics. “I’m not getting what I want right now, but I think there’s a bigger picture,” he said.

Follow live: Heat look to build off Game 2 win

The series moves to Miami as Dwyane Wade and the Heat aim to upset the Sixers for the second straight game.

Sixers’ Embiid starting in Game 3 vs. Heat

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is in the starting lineup against Miami for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday. Embiid last played on March 28, when he suffered an orbital fracture and a concussion colliding with Markelle Fultz.

Embiid: I’m going to be a nightmare for Heat

In his return after missing three weeks because of an orbital fracture and a concussion, Sixers center Joel Embiid had 23 points in Philadelphia’s 128-108 Game 3 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday.

Sources: MLB, NBA look to divest DFS stakes

Major League Baseball is looking to end its ownership stake in DraftKings, while the NBA is looking to do the same with its stake in FanDuel, league sources tell ESPN.

Davis says Pelicans fans will stand for Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins returns to the Smoothie King Center for the first time since tearing his Achilles on Thursday. Teammate Anthony Davis predicts Cousins will receive a standing ovation from Pelicans’ fans.

Davis’ call of standing O for Cousins comes true

DeMarcus Cousins was on the bench for the Pelicans’ home playoff opene, attending his first game in New Orleans since his injury on Jan. 26. When he was shown cheering on his teammates on the main scoreboard, fans erupted into chants of “Boogie! Boogie!”

ESPN Forecast: New playoff predictions for Round 1

Who are the new favorites in the NBA playoffs? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all eight Round 1 series after two games.

Rozier downplays any bad blood with Bledsoe

Celtics guard Terry Rozier downplayed any bad blood with Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and suggested that referring to him as “Drew” was an accident.