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Lowe: Debating the hack-a-Shaq issue

Some say intentionally fouling a bad free throw shooter ruins the game, others say it's a valuable strategy. Is anyone right here?

Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook -- Does it work? (2:19)
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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)
Whiteside powers down alley-oop (0:16)
Lowry ignores security guard's fist bump attempt (0:15)
Is the Thunder's best lineup their "best" lineup? (1:18)
All-Access Game 1 Heat-Raps (3:07)
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20hZach 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)
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.

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)
How can Lowry overcome shooting slump? (1:31)
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23hChris 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.

The reason why there are so many blowouts in the NBA playoffs (0:38)
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Windhorst: Hawks might want to leave J.R. Smith open (1:13)
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Cavs enjoy 3-for-all in Game 2 rout of Hawks

Add a record 25 3-pointers Wednesday night to Cleveland's perfect postseason, as the ever-more-confident Cavaliers routed the Hawks to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Muscala's head gets the assist on Shumpert's 3 (0:18)
LeBron: We're proud to hold 3-point records (2:00)


Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Georgia State's Ron Hunter will hire former Detroit head coach Ray McCallum on his staff, source told ESPN. Also hiring Sharman White.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James and J.R. Smith getting up shots early at shootaround prior to Game 3 of Cavs-Hawks.


Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

UConn's Rodney Purvis told ESPN he is coming back to school next season. Withdrawing from NBA draft process.

Top 10 NBA Mock Draft

If the Lakers win the draft lottery, should they take Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? Top 10 revealed (Insider)

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Kyle Lowry leaves security guard hanging

Lowry is shooting 30 percent in the postseason and was 0-for-1 on pregame fist bumps.


What you missed when Steph dropped CP3

Remember when Stephen Curry dribbled Chris Paul into the floor? That wasn't the only thing happening at that moment.


Mock draft: What if 76ers pick 1st and 4th?

Should the 76ers take Ben Simmons No. 1? What if they get the Lakers' pick, too? And how does the rest of the top 10 shake out? Philly's on the clock. Mock draft (Insider)


Vogel got stale in Larry Legend's world

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, Zach Lowe writes. Did Vogel get a fair shake?

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J.R. Smith, the 3-point king?

Tom Haberstroh explains that it could happen.


Raptors top Heat in OT to even series

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 as Toronto outlasted Miami 96-92 to take Game 2 at home.


Bowen: Lowry can't put team on his back

Bruce Bowen says Toronto's role players need to continue to show up like they did in Game 2 to take the scoring load off Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors G DeMar DeRozan on this series: "It's been ugly."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors G DeMar DeRozan on his injured right thumb and missing six free throws: "It's just something I have to deal with it."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors G DeMar DeRozan says C Jonas Valanciunas was the reason Toronto evened this series.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors PG Kyle Lowry: "I felt great."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors F DeMarre Carroll was the team's savior offensively, coach Dwane Casey said. Halfcourt offense lacks ball movement, he said.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey on Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan missing 30 shots combined but still winning: "We'll take it."

Valanciunas' clutch helps Toronto to win

Jonas Valanciunas went 7-of-9 from the field and hit this jumper midway through overtime to help the Raptors square the series 1-1.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors PG Kyle Lowry is the first player in the shot clock era with nine straight playoff games shooting under 40 percent while taking 10 or more shots (via ESPN Stats & Info). Lowry did come through with a pair of huge mid-range jumpers late in regulation in Game 2.