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OKC near greatest pair of upsets ever?

After whipping the Warriors in Game 4, are the Thunder on the verge of completing an unprecedented run to the NBA Finals? Kevin Pelton has the spectacular facts.

Stephen A.: 'Westbrook is putting the world on notice. Steph, who?' (2:01)
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Cleveland needs much more than title

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.

Bad shots are not bad for everybody (1:20)
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.'

Draymond mentally worn out after Adams kick (1:49)
Stephen A: 'Black head coaches are becoming an endangered species' (2:33)
Dragic hoping Heat remain intact (2:07)
All-Access: Westbrook shines again to put Warriors on ropes (1:45)
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Former player Washington indicted over fraud

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

Curry: 'The series isn't over' (0:30)
Was Draymond's trip of Kanter a dirty play? (1:52)
Wilbon: The Warriors got 'obliterated' in Game 4 (1:20)
Russ and Cam ready for Game 4 (0:10)
Boozer on Thunder: 'They just seem more hungry' (1:41)
Best of Sager with NBA stars (0:53)
Even during pregame, Curry likes to shoot from long range (0:35)
Stephen A.: I'd sign Durant over LeBron (1:48)
Silver: I swear I never saw Steph's hand (1:16)
15 things you missed when Kyle Lowry scorched the Cavs, as set to Drake song titles (1:13)
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Michael Wilbon

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?

Draymond dances around suspension questions (0:53)
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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.

On this date: George burns LeBron, dunks over Birdman (0:35)


Warriors' culture faces biggest test

The Warriors won a title last season thanks to their organization's positive, open-minded approach. Now down 3-1 to the Thunder, that culture is up against its toughest challenge yet. Not all fun and games

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How to beat the Cavaliers

Goran Dragic averaged 15.3 PPG while winning two of three vs. the Cavaliers this season so he would have some ideas.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

One of many Game 5 storylines will be how the Raptors utilize center Jonas Valanciunas, who has missed the last eight games with a sprained right ankle (despite being active for Game 4). Toronto coach Dwane Casey said it would depend on matchups as he doesn't want Valanciunas chasing Channing Frye around the perimeter. Cleveland will go small in spurts with Frye at center.

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Last night, Russell Westbrook joined Jerry West and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA playoff history to post a 35-point triple-double vs. the defending champions.

Bad shots aren't bad for everybody

Sometimes the ball goes up and you immediately think, "Oh no." But then there's the NBA players who are really good at low-percentage shots.


Green blames himself for Warriors woes

"I have to be better. I know this team energy goes as I go. They didn't have nothing to look for. I haven't given my guys anything. No leadership, no energy, nothing, which is what I bring to this team." Draymond Green diary, part 14


Not easy being Draymond Green

The Warriors were outscored by 73 with Green on the court in the last two games, including -30 Tuesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the worst plus/minus rating in a two-game span in the postseason since 2000.


Warriors confident despite facing elimination

Golden State's chase of history is nearly history after a Game 4 loss to the Thunder. But the Warriors remain confident they're not "going out like this." Outwardly confident

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Before Tristan Thompson addressed the media, Timofey Mozgov yelled out, "Say what you think, Tristan!" Thompson didn't really take it to heart. Pretty buttoned-up answers.

Stephen A.: 'Steph, who?'

Stephen A. Smith says Russell Westbrook is the most "ruthless and vicious" player on the court and is "putting the world on notice."


Did incident really kick-start OKC?

Much has changed in the Western Conference finals since Draymond Green's unpleasant contact with Steven Adams midway through the second quarter of Game 3 on Sunday night.