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Cavs' revamped D has Hawks on the ropes

Cleveland's suspect defense is a thing of the past. And even without a few stars, the Cavs have answered the call against the East's most efficient offense.

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Globetrotters dribbling legend Haynes dies at 89

Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.

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LeBron: 'Violence is not the answer' (1:23)
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Can Lakers help Knicks draft a big man?

If the Lakers don't pick a big man at No. 2 in the draft, is the door open for the Knicks to get either Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 4?

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Kupchak says next season will be Kobe's last (2:41)

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The Howard-Harden disconnect (1:03)

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Blood drawn in Cleveland already

Timofey Mozgov always goes hard. Unfortunately for his nose, that passion led to a bloodied schnoz as Mozgov tried to defend a Tristan Thompson dunk during pregame warmups. No word on whether Mozgov drew a flagrant on his teammate.

Hawks have steep hill to climb

Atlanta is trying to become the 4th team in NBA history to come back to win a best-of-7 series after losing the first two games at home, but no team has ever done it in a conference finals. Game 3 tips at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

1995-96 Bulls: 84-11; 1996-97 Bulls' 80-15; 1985-86 Celtics: 79-16; 1971-72 Lakers: 79-16; 1966-67 76ers: 79-16 ... and these 78-17 Warriors

Competitive series are best served cold

If you want drama, the NHL conference finals are where it's at. In the NBA, on the other hand, the Vegas underdog has yet to win a single game, and only one game has come down to the final possession so far.

Howard: 'I saw quit' from Rockets

Dwight Howard on Houston's embarrassing Game 3 loss: "I saw quit from everybody in the arena. We can't have that. ... If there's any doubt or any disbelief in your spirit, then you might as well say we're finished."

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An unnerving stat for Irving

The Cavs will be hard-pressed to win a title without a healthy Kyrie Irving, but they've done well without their star PG to this point. Really well, in fact.

Carroll is a realist on knee injury

At morning practice, Hawks wing DeMarre Carroll didn't say much about his injury and instead jokingly adhered to the facts: "I have a knee." We're not doctors, but that seems accurate. (via Britt McHenry)

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Steph Curry: Not done yet

"We're looking for five more wins, so we won't stop till we get 'em."

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Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

3)the 3pt shot is not the be all end all of basketball. WNBA is taking their exhibition game to extremes-do not disvalue the 2pt shot.

Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

2)we are glad for JR,Shump,Pablo,etc...players have comfort zones that they need to play their best...we want them to find that in NBA

Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

Some corrected thoughts:1)like 3pt shooters, check it out, but to play for 3pt shot is an error. Penetration, first principal of offense.

LeBron: sports can help Cleveland

"I think sports is one of the biggest healers in helping a city out. Sports just does something to people ... it can get your mind off of some of the hardships that might be going on throughout your life."

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In among the bigs, MVP thrives

Dwight Howard is listed at 6-foot-11 and averages more than 10 rebounds a game. Stephen Curry is 6-3 and pulls down about 4 a game. So this battle of the boards was a mismatch, right? Umm ... not so fast.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan (May 31, 1993 vs NYK): only players in conf finals history to have 5 3s, score 40 pts, shoot 55% from field