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5-on-5 predictions: Will Warriors steal series from OKC?

What are the Warriors' chances of making the NBA Finals? Or does OKC have this? Our 5-on-5 team forecasts the West finals before Game 6.

Donovan, Kerr share team's mentalities going into Game 6 (0:31)
LeBron: I knew I had to bring my game tonight, I am humbled (2:16)
Stephen A. not sold Cavs can win it all (1:22)
Cavs' news conferences filled with shenanigans (0:52)
Sights and Sounds: LeBron, Cavs bury Raptors, advance to Finals (1:34)
Inside Cavs' locker room celebration (0:28)
How LeBron, Cavs hammered it in Game 6 (1:31)
Drake congratulates LeBron on trip to finals (0:16)
Curry inspiring young hoops fans (3:09)
Warriors stave off elimination, force Game 6 (1:38)
Jalen & Jacoby wonder why Paul George wears his own jersey on vacation (1:45)
Westbrook chuckles at question on Curry's defense (0:38)
Stephen A.: Curry showed his heart in Game 5 win (1:21)
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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.

Curry's no-look alley-oop pass to Bogut (0:19)
Draymond kicks again (0:15)
Curry shakes 'n' bakes by Durant for the layup (0:15)
SC Cartoons: Big Baby vs. Dwight's elbow (1:41)
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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. ...

Are people turned off by James Harden? (2:07)
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NBA teams' BPI chances in the playoffs

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


Stephen A. not sold Cavs can win it all

Stephen A. Smith isn't convinced the Cavaliers can stop the likes of Steph Curry or Russell Westbrook in the NBA Finals.


Stephen Curry inspiring young hoops fans

“Our parents wanted to be like Mike. But for us, we'd rather be like Steph."


Can the Warriors steal series from OKC?

Game 5 did not convince any of our five NBA experts that the Warriors are back to being themselves. 5-on-5 (Insider)

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Is Curry's defense actually underrated?

Russell Westbrook laughed at the idea that Steph Curry's defense is underrated. Kevin Pelton has the facts on whether the two-time MVP really is a strong defender or not. What do metrics say? (Insider)

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According to his agent, 23-year-old Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. es.pn/1TLHdqS

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.


Cleveland's journey to the NBA Finals

Relive the biggest moments from the Cavs' playoff run to the Finals.


What did LeBron say to make Drake laugh?

LeBron James didn't seem like he was telling a joke, but he directed some words toward Drake and the rapper laughed it off. Last laugh went to Cleveland, though.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey: "I enjoy coaching Kyle Lowry, and that's something coaches wouldn't have said five or six years ago."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey on G DeMar DeRozan saying he wants to stay: "If DeMar said it, he meant it."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey envisions C Jonas Valanciunas being able to expand his range outward to the 3-point line two years.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry on Russell Westbrook's snickering: "I could care less about people's opinion of me. I know what I do for my team and what my teammates expect of me on both ends of the floor."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey says he'll let his agent handle his contract talks but he's going to be talking to GM Masai Ujiri soon about personnel heading into next season.