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23hKevin Pelton

Will Harden and D'Antoni click or clash?

With James Harden dominating the ball and Houston needing help on defense, how good a match is Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets? Kevin Pelton looks at the pros and cons.

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LeBron's history of closing in Game 6s

LeBron James has faced a Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead nine times in his career. His teams have closed out their foes all but one time. Watch: Cavs-Raptors, 8:30 ET on ESPN & WatchESPN.

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LeBron: 'I didn't even know how many points we won by' (0:36)
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Warriors stave off elimination, force Game 6 (1:38)
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Westbrook chuckles at question on Curry's defense (0:38)
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Stephen A.: Curry showed his heart in Game 5 win (1:21)
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Billups: Warriors 'need Draymond to be Draymond' (1:51)
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Marc J. Spears

Draymond Green playoff diary, Part 15

An encouraging text from Kobe Bryant lifted Draymond Green's spirits ahead Game 5 against the Thunder, but Green isn't feeling much relief after a big win at home.

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Curry's no-look alley-oop pass to Bogut (0:19)
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Draymond kicks again (0:15)
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Curry shakes 'n' bakes by Durant for the layup (0:15)
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SC Cartoons: Big Baby vs. Dwight's elbow (1:41)
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13 things you indisputably missed when LeBron mowed down the Raps for that and-one layup (1:12)
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Jalen and Jacoby on the dejected Draymond Green (1:39)
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Bad shots are not bad for everybody (1:20)
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LeBron imposes his will on Toronto in Game 5 (1:12)
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A Love like no other powers Cavs to rout

Kevin Love didn't play a minute in the fourth quarter -- again. That's because he had the game of his life in just three quarters on Wednesday night to help the Cavaliers re-establish their dominance in the Eastern Conference finals. ...

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Love showed up in Game 5 (0:52)
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LeBron trying to build up Love and Irving? (1:10)
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All-Access: Cavs reassert their dominance in Game 5 (1:44)
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Jurassic Park not an attraction tonight (0:22)
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Buddy Hield: I come from nothing (0:52)
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23hNBA Insiders

Trade, free-agent forecasts for 16 NBA teams

The big trades, the big free agents, the big decisions. Our NBA Insiders go 5-on-5 on 16 teams, leading with Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside and the Heat.

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8hESPN Sports Analytics Group

NBA teams' BPI chances in the playoffs

A daily look at the Basketball Power Index projections for the NBA playoffs, broken down by series.

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Draymond's memory is pretty ridiculous

Draymond Green named the 34 players drafted before him in the 2012 NBA Draft all from memory. Very impressive.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Respect to the guy setting up Jurassic Park in the old school Marcus Camby jersey.

NBA draft workout confidential

Chad Ford dishes his latest draft intel after Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Maruqese Chriss, Henry Ellenson and other top prospects showed their skills in workouts. Gym report (Insider)

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Thunder look ahead to important Game 6

Saturday's Western Conference finals Game 6 is the most important game in Oklahoma City since Game 2 of the 2012 Finals, writes Royce Young. Most important ever?

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

My big Raps qualm: There are people I prefer to watch play basketball than DeMar DeRozan. That's an aesthetic statement. But to each his own

Stephen A. questions Rockets hire

Stephen A. Smith does not understand why Houston hired coach Mike D'Antoni because he is not known for being a defensive-minded coach.

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