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How Thunder experimented all season to find winning formula

OKC's rookie coach Billy Donovan has been pushing all the right buttons in the playoffs, but the process has been a long, often uncomfortable road.

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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. ...

Love showed up in Game 5 (0:52)
LeBron trying to build up Love and Irving? (1:10)
All-Access: Cavs reassert their dominance in Game 5 (1:44)
Stephen A.: Raptors forgot how to play basketball (1:15)

Silver: Reports show refs 90 percent correct

Adam Silver says the NBA wants to be as transparent as possible in determining whether refs are making the right key calls despite the fact they get them right a "vast majority of the time."

Thunder take commanding 3-1 lead after Game 4 performance... Check it out (2:30)
Jurassic Park not an attraction tonight (0:22)
LeBron connects with Jefferson on alley-oop (0:10)
Buddy Hield: I come from nothing (0:52)
The many doppelgängers of Steven Adams (0:55)
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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.

LeBron: 'It started with Kevin, we followed his lead' (2:00)
Haywood: Love is the most criticized Cavalier (1:50)
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Ex-player Washington indicted on fraud charges

A federal indictment was issued Wednesday against former NBA player Kermit Washington, who is accused of exploiting those who donated to his charity, Project Contact Africa.

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NBA 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 Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Clippers.

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Gregory L. Moore

NBA title won't revitalize Cleveland

Yes, an NBA championship would make the city feel a little better, but what Cleveland really needs is a commitment to greatness that matches that of its most visible hometown hero.

Tedy Bruschi: If Warriors lose, they're worse than 18-1 Patriots (2:09)
Marc J. Spears

Draymond Green diary, part 14

'I don't deal with losing well. ... I have to be better. I know this team energy goes as I go.'

Stephen A.: 'Westbrook is putting the world on notice. Steph, who?' (2:01)
Draymond mentally worn out after Adams kick (1:49)
Warriors shocked with Draymond's poor play (1:24)
1 Big Thing: No comparison for Warriors if they lose (2:15)
Dragic hoping Heat remain intact (2:07)
Curry: 'The series isn't over' (0:30)


Kerr insists Curry is not injured

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that while Stephen Curry "may not be quite where he needs to be," the 3-point maestro is not hurt.


ESPN College Basketball @espncbb

IMaryland guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, announced Wednesday night that he will return to College Park for his junior campaign after testing the NBA draft waters. 📷:GettyImages

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

As Heat assistant Dave Fizdale and the Grizzlies move closer to formalizing a deal for him to become their next coach, it's the latest step in a long line of transactions between the teams. Memphis GM Chris Wallace once worked in Miami's front office, and the teams also partnered on two trades last season (Mario Chalmers, Chris Andersen) that ultimately allowed the Heat to avoid paying a luxury tax bill.

LeBron powers home a Lovely pass

The combination of a Kevin Love outlet pass and a LeBron James dunk is a pleasant sight.


John Buccigross @Buccigross

There's been eight games decided by 30 or more points this postseason, the most such games in a single postseason in NBA history

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Highest Average Margin of Victory Single Postseason in NBA History PPG Diff 2016 +14.3 1959 +13.1 1964 +12.9

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Valparaiso's Alec Peters is the last guy not to make an announcement. Sources told ESPN he has withdrawn from the NBA Draft.

Greeny: Curry's not injured, but he's hurt

Mike Greenberg explains that Stephen Curry being "hurt" is a valid reason why he's not playing up to expectations: "Sometimes it's not an excuse, it's a reason."


Kyle Lowry takes time for Cavs fans

Hours after getting obliterated by the Cavs, the Raptors PG made the nice gesture of taking a few selfies with Cavs fans.


The many doppelgängers of Steven Adams

A young Thunder fan who dressed up as Adams isn't the only lookalike around.


Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Kyle Lowry once signed an offer sheet with the Cavs, and the fans in Cleveland still have respect for the Raptors PG.


Steve Levy @espnSteveLevy

There have now been 8 nba playoff games decided by more than 30 points...most ever in a single postseason...& we're not out of the 3rd round