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The Cavaliers' second-round opponent will be division rival Chicago Bulls and Game 1 will be Monday at The Q at 7 p.m. On Thursday night Chicago went on the road and blew out the Milwaukee Bucks 120-66 to win the series 4-2, advancing to the semi-finals round. The Bucks put up a fight; winning two in a row after the Bulls won the first three games. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Hawks can finish off the Nets in Game 6 in Brooklyn Friday night. If they do, Game 1 between the Wizards and Hawks would be Sunday at 1 p.m. in Atlanta. If the Nets win to force a Game 7, then the Wizards would have to wait until Tuesday to play the Hawks in Atlanta or the Nets in Washington. Washington Post

The Dallas Mavericks opted not to give departed point guard Rajon Rondo a playoff share, sources said. Rondo, who was acquired by the Mavericks in a blockbuster trade in December, left the team after the first two games of their first-round playoff series against Houston. The Mavs announced that Rondo had suffered a back injury, but a source told ESPNDallas.com that the team and Rondo actually reached a mutual decision to go their separate ways after he played only 9 minutes and 55 seconds in Dallas' Game 2 loss. ESPN.com

Players determine how the team's playoff shares are divided. The players did not vote to exclude Rondo, the source said. They were simply presented with a list that did not include him, and there were no objections. Rondo will become a free agent this summer. Coach Rick Carlisle has made it clear that he does not expect Rondo to return to Dallas. ESPN.com

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Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs, then derided this week by saying, "I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried," in an interview with ESPN. USA Today Sports

"I'm 22-7 in the postseason," James said after Cavs practice Saturday. "So I think about every loss I've ever had, every series loss I've ever had, and all those experiences helped me get to this point. So it's definitely a different challenge for me. I'm going in with a much younger team, with a much [more] inexperienced team than I've had the last four years, but I look forward to the challenge." ESPN.com

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