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Three ways Luke Walton can bring hope to L.A.

What can Luke Walton take from Golden State to L.A.? Can he grow the Lakers' young talent? Kevin Pelton provides three reasons for Lakers fans to be hopeful.

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Crawford misses potential game-tying shot (0:12)
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Portland crowd erupts when Jordan air balls free throw (0:37)
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Ray Allen's miracle 3 of 2013 (2:37)
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Stephen A., Skip like the Spurs to win in seven (2:04)
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Nichols to Durant: 'Show me' (2:21)
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'Explain Yourself' with Caron Butler (2:28)
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10 things you categorically missed when Jeff Teague found Paul Millsap for the easy lay-in (1:02)
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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant talking about the pressures of the series against the Spurs. "It's just basketball ... we're not coming out here wide-eyed and scared."

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Happy birthday to Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas. The 12-time NBA All-Star turns 55 today. [Credit: Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images]

‘Purple Shirt Man’ jaws with Dwyane Wade

The fan kept talking and Wade kept draining clutch shots.

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Austin Rivers: 21 points, 11 stitches

The Clippers PG, who was thrust into a starting role, had a huge night despite getting elbowed and bloodied early in the game on this play. But it wasn't enough as Portland took the series.

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

The short turnaround for Game 7's start at 1pm Sunday could be a challenge for the veteran-laden Heat. Dwyane Wade, 34, will be playing a fifth game in 9 days against the Hornets. Reminded there's only about a 38-hour turnaround between the end of Game 6 Friday in Charlotte and the start of Game 7 in Miami, Wade could only shake his head in submission. "I could've just left my (ankle) tape on then," he joked after the Game 6 win.

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Last night while the Heat took on the Hornets, Purple Shirt Man tried to take on Dwyane Wade.

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Josh Richardson bites the basketball

Jeff Van Gundy was understandably flabbergasted.

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DeAndre Jordan dunks over Plumlee

The Clippers big man put Mason Plumlee on a poster a few times this series, including early in Game 6.

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Heat, Hornets go for back-to-back blocks

Miami's Josh Richardson got it started and Charlotte's Cody Zeller joined the fun with yet another monster block on consecutive plays.

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Crawford misses potential game-tying shot

With the Clippers down two, Jamal Crawford drives the lane and his shot doesn't fall. Los Angeles' season comes to an end, losing the series to the Blazers 4-2.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Blazers beat the Clippers, 106-103, and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer shake hands on the baseline.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Trail Blazers beat Clippers 106-103 to clinch series 4-2. The ViewFromVegas is they did NOT cover as 9.5-point home favorites and the game went over 199 points. Underdogs were 2-1 ATS tonight but favorites still lead 25-16-1 ATS (61 percent) in NBA playoffs. Unders went 2-1 and continue to dominate at 29-13 (69 percent).