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5hBrian Windhorst

Contested convention: J.R. Smith says open shots are boring

Cover him. Don't cover him. In these playoffs, Cleveland's J.R. Smith has a hot hand regardless of defense. Will it stay hot in Friday's Game 3 in Atlanta (ESPN, WatchESPN, 7 p.m. ET)?

J.R. Smith, all-time 3-point King? (1:06)
Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook -- does it work? (2:19)
Shelburne: Durant rejection would be heartbreaking for OKC fans (1:41)
Oakley defends taking shot at Barkley (2:32)
Elias Stein

Quiz: Which NBA team are you?

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade, writes Kevin Arnovitz: The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Find out which one fits you best.

Is the Thunder's best lineup their "best" lineup? (1:18)
Is Chris Bosh done with basketball? (1:51)
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ESPN in Snapchat Discover

Today's top stories and must-see moments are now live in ESPN on Snapchat Discover. What are you waiting for?

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Raptors do enough right to win in OT

Toronto's stars struggled -- again. But as "ugly" as Game 2 may have been, victory in OT was made possible by Jonas Valanciunas, who came up big to help the Raptors get even with the Heat.

Dragic's 3 sends game to OT (0:11)
Bowen: Lowry can't put the team on his back (1:32)
Conley: Grizzlies' season was tough (2:05)
Whiteside powers down alley-oop (0:16)
All-Access Game 1 Heat-Raps (3:07)
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1dZach Lowe

Lowe: Did Vogel get a fair shake?

Pacers president Larry Bird wants his team to play a certain way, and his coach couldn't deliver. Don't worry, Frank Vogel will be back and better than ever.

Stephen A.: I think Vogel got screwed over (1:35)
Bird on hiring McHale: I wouldn't do that to Kevin (0:23)
Nichols and Jackson differ on Vogel firing (2:02)
Space Jam 2: Electric Boogaloo (2:09)
Does Barkley have a point about the Hawks needing to send a message? (2:18)
#TBT: 17 things you patently missed that time Steph Curry dribbled Chris Paul into the floor (1:30)
Who could be Pacers next coach? (0:48)
Did Hank Gathers' death impact Heat's decision on Bosh? (2:06)
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1dChris Wright

Shaq celebrates Northampton promotion

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal bellows his way through "We Are The Champions" to celebrate his favourite football team's promotion.


NBA's Top 10 Missed High Fives

Kyle Lowry isn't the first and won't be the last to botch a basketball high five.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Towels in Atlanta for Game 3 between Cavs-Hawks.

Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated The Undefeated 

The Clippers say Blake Griffin will not play for USA Basketball this summer.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue before Game 3: "As long as Kyrie (Irving) is aggressive, I don't think anyone can stop him"

David Payne Purdum @DavidPurdum

FanDuel, DraftKings, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL were invited to testify at Congressional hearing on daily fantasy. All declined, per source.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Budenholzer said Jeff Teague has had a little bit of an Achilles issue this postseason but he's fine and not laboring against Cavs.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Budenholzer said everything is still under consideration when asked if there will be any Game 3 lineup or rotation changes such as more playing time for Kris Humphries. "As the game unfolds, we'll all see it,"' Budenholzer said.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Budenholzer before Game 3 vs. Cleveland: "We need to be better, there's no doubt about that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have reached out to Frank Vogel's representatives to gauge the ex-Pacers coach's interest in the NYK job, league sources confirm. The contact was made by GM Steve Mills, per league sources. It was first reported by the New York Post.

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Hawks: 0-10 all-time in playoffs vs Cavaliers (worst record by one team vs another in NBA postseason history)


Watford are ready to join the chase for West Brom's Saido Berahino, a source close to the Hornets tells ESPN FC. es.pn/1TsIAEq

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Cavaliers at Hawks, 7 ET on ESPN (Cavaliers lead 2-0) LeBron James has never lost a playoff series after taking a 2-0 series lead (16-0)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Bovada Las Vegas has odds for the next Houston Rockets coach: Jeff Van Gundy 3/2 Frank Vogel 7/2 Mike D'Antoni 4/1 Kenny Smith 17/2 Sam Cassell 11/1 Jeff Hornacek 16/1 Chris Finch 18/1 Stephen Silas 18/1 Bill Self 25/1 Shaka Smart 25/1