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Adande: Warriors, Rockets jolted and primed for Game 5

Houston thrives on the edge, and Golden State got a wake-up call with Stephen Curry's spill. Will it all add up to a performance worthy of the West finals?

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Lowe: Rebirth of the NBA post-up game

While the efficiency of the 3-pointer and the pick-and-roll have dominated NBA offenses, an old standard is making a quiet and effective comeback, Zach Lowe writes.

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Seattle arena investor: No hockey-first plan yet

The investor attempting to build a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle says his group has yet to be presented with a plan that would have a hockey franchise as the first occupant..

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Lakers begin pre-draft workout process

The Lakers kicked off what's expected to be a weeks-long evaluation process ahead of the June 25 NBA draft.

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LeBron and the two Celtics

LeBron James is only one of three players to play in five NBA Finals and five All-Star games in five consecutive seasons. The other two players? Boston Celtics legends Bill Russell and Bob Cousy.

Curry: 'I'll be ready to go'

Steph Curry, sporting a sleeve on his arm, met with doctors following a scary fall in Game 4, but is ready to try to close out the Rockets.

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Thibodeau firing grows more likely

The Bulls are giving increasing consideration to firing coach Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the corresponding financial hit, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. There's nearly $9M left on the coach's contract. Story

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Dudley: 'We love you, Kobe, but c’mon.'

In a radio appearance with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, Milwaukee Bucks F Jared Dudley said Kobe Bryant’s refusal to defer to his Lakers teammates at this late stage in his career is why, Dudley said, “most guys don’t want to play with Kobe.”

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Rockets survive when cornered

Houston is one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs, but it has done well in that position. The Rockets have won 4 straight elimination games, 1 win away from tying the second-longest streak in a single postseason (via Elias).

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Steph Curry needs five 3s to break the record for most made 3s in a single series. He has made at least five in each of his last six games.

Warriors golden in home eliminators

Golden State is 15-2 all-time with a chance to close out a series at home, best in NBA history. In all, the Warriors have won 5 straight home games with a chance to clinch and haven't lost such a game since the 1976 Western Conference finals.

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Fewest pts/play allowed, defending point guards, 2015 playoffs Stephen Curry: 0.57 DeMarre Carroll: 0.63 Norris Cole: 0.64 (min. 30 plays)

Rockets confident for road game

James Harden says the Rockets believe they have a shot to come back vs. the Warriors heading into Game 5. "Having an opportunity to win here Game 1 and Game 2 gives us confidence as well."

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Remembering the 'Memorial Day Massacre'

Thirty years ago today, the Celtics crushed the Lakers 148-114 in Game 1 of the 1985 Finals. The Lakers would rebound to win the series in six games.

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Don't crown the Cavs just yet

The Cavaliers made quick work of the Hawks, but that doesn't mean they're a lock for the title. The last two teams to sweep the conference finals both lost in the NBA Finals (Spurs in 2013, Nets in 2003).

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Miami Heat had Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker in for a private workout today, source told ESPN. Miami picks 10th.

ESPN on Snapchat Discover live

Do you think you can spell the Greek Freak’s last name? Take the ESPN Snapchat Spelling Bee challenge in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Green collects double-doubles

Golden State's Draymond Green has posted 10 double-doubles in this year's postseason, 3 shy of matching Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond for the franchise record.

LeBron's series: one-of-a-kind

LeBron James finished the Cavaliers' four-game sweep of the Hawks averaging 30.3 points, 11 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game. James is the first player in NBA history to average 30-10-9 in a playoff series of any length. (via Elias)

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LeBron James: This team is 'very special'

"To know how far we've come as a group ... I think that's special in its own right."

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