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Everything you wanted to know about Russell Westbrook but were afraid to ask

What do you really know about Russell Westbrook? Royce Young has 39 little-known facts on the most interesting man in the NBA.

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Cavs go south up North; East finals tied

After letting Cleveland erase an 18-point deficit on Monday night, Toronto won its second straight game at home to tie the Eastern Conference finals 2-2. Kyle Lowry (35 points) and DeMar DeRozan (32 points) led the way for the Raptors.

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Windhorst: Tyronn Lue coached like a rookie (2:19)
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Relive the Raptors' courageous win over the Cavs in Game 4 (1:53)
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Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

The mission was to find black folks who spend time -- any amount of time -- talking about sports in terms of advanced analytics, and the mission failed. Why are blacks not feeling the sports metrics movement?

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On this date: George burns LeBron, dunks over Birdman (0:35)
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Stephen A. 'incredibly happy' Green will not be suspended (0:39)
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Biyombo blocks LeBron but gets called for foul (0:35)
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Lowry's deep 3 fires up Drake (0:22)
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Stephen A. apologizes to Canada (2:08)
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Boozer: Raptors showed they can take a punch (1:54)
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Draymond Green's and Russell Westbrook's war of words (0:53)
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Why did the NBA opt not to suspend Draymond Green? (2:56)
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What Tristan's elbow to LeBron's face felt like (0:24)
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Impersonator takes LeBron's flop to new level (1:02)
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Confident Raptors looking to carry momentum into Game 4 (2:31)
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Westbrook's pass to Foye is a thing of beauty (0:21)
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The Roots are pumped for the NBA Finals (0:30)
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Ibaka asserts himself over Ezeli for powerful dunk (0:17)
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Cavs' confidence still high heading into Game 4

Now that LeBron and the Cavs have tasted defeat for the first time in this year's playoffs, will Tyronn Lue's team keep together better than David Blatt's did?

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Westbrook, Payne know how to prepare for a game (0:14)
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All-Access: Thunder get better of Warriors with 28-point win (1:44)
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Reese Waters takes a trip to Jurassic Park (2:28)

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant: "They're not going to suspend Draymond Green. He's one of the premier players in the league."

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey on G DeMar DeRozan, who has posted 18, 22, 32 and 32 points in the first four games against Cleveland: "He's just playing with a great rhythm right now and knocking down his shots. It's good to see."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey says "it's a different animal" going into Cleveland, where the Cavs won the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals by a combined 50 points. Casey says the key to staying with Cleveland on the road will be limiting its massive runs and staying consistent offensively.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey hopes to get center Jonas Valanciunas back on the floor in Game 5 but much of that depends on if the Cavs go smaller -- and they do a lot with Kevin Love and Channing Frye playing center at times. Valanciunas has missed the last eight games due to a sprained right ankle but was active and available for Game 4 though he did not get in.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Former Syracuse signee Moustapha Diagne told ESPN he has withdrawn from the NBA Draft. Plans to go to junior college and then to D-1.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Northwestern State's Zeke Woodley told ESPN he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Nick Van Exel is coming off his first season as @TexasLegends head coach in the @NBADLeague. Also hearing the Pacers aren't his sole suitor.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Interesting twist in the coaching game: Sources say Indiana has expressed interest in hiring Nick Van Exel to join Nate McMillan's staff.

ESPN @espn

Bismack Biyombo was FEELING it last night, grabbing 14 boards, getting this big swat and doing Mutombo's finger wag: es.pn/1TTiPhd

Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron

On Mike & Mike, Stephen A. Smith says that given the choice to sign either LeBron James or Kevin Durant to a long-term contract this offseason, he would choose Durant, "a scoring machine of the highest order."

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Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

A $100 bet on the Cavaliers to win the Eastern Conference finals after Game 2 would've netted 20 cents. Now? $7.14

Stu Jackson had different punishment in mind

On Mike & Mike, former NBA VP of basketball operations Stu Jackson said his news release regarding Draymond Green's kick of Steven Adams would have read differently than what came out Monday. " . . . it would've been upgraded to a flagrant foul penalty 2 and he would've received a one-game suspension."

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Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Dayton's Charles Cooke has withdrawn from the NBA Draft, Flyers coach Archie Miller told ESPN. “Took advantage of the new rules.”