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Championship common bonds

The Warriors and Lightning are both seeking a title, but that isn't the only similarity they share. Both teams can shoot lights out, defend and lean on leadership from their top players. That's not all

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Kyrie Irving: I'll will myself to play

The pain in the Cavs PG's left knee (tendinitis) won't keep him from playing in the Finals: "It's an adjustment, but it's what it is at this point," Irving said at Finals media day. "But I'm just going to go out there and will myself to play."

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Smith: 'We have the best player'

J.R. Smith, who joined Cleveland in January, respects the Warriors: "They've had a great year all year long, they have the MVP, but we've got something special here too. We have the best player in the world."

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How to bet the 2015 NBA Finals

These Finals pit this season's No. 1 team against the top player on the planet, and Erin Rynning expects the team to claim the title: "The Warriors' ball movement will wear down Cleveland defensively, and their nearly 40 percent 3-point shooting will play a deciding factor in the end." Betting guide (Insider)

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Curry's NBA Finals shoes

Steph Curry gave everyone a look Wednesday at the shoes he'll wear during the NBA Finals.

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D'Antoni interviews for Nuggets job

Former coach Mike D'Antoni formally interviewed for the Nuggets job Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports. The job is currently held by interim coach Melvin Hunt, whose chances of keeping the job full-time have improved in recent weeks, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

LeBron praises Curry, Irving ballhandling

"They are two of the best ball handlers that this league has ever seen," James said today. "Steph's ability to use his handle to get off shots, those step backs and Kyrie's ability to be crafty, use his ability to get into the lane and make shots. When you have a handle like that, you can pretty much get any shot you want."

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ESPN Sport Science: LeBron vs. Curry

All eyes will be focused on LeBron James and Steph Curry in the NBA Finals. They share a common goal, but Curry and the King chart different numbers in similar aspects of their game. Sports Science takes an in-depth look.

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As a team, Warriors will guard LeBron

Andrew Bogut on slowing down LeBron James: "Our coaches do a great job scouting him. It's going to be a team effort. It's not just going to be one guy guarding him."

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ESPN reporter takes on James Jones

Dave McMenamin has this appreciation of the Cavs' forward, punctuated by a 3-point shooting contest. It doesn't go well. "Don’t worry about it. You tried,” said Jones, whose team has reached the Finals 5 years in a row.

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LeBron is running around like a giddy kid. "FINALS! Finals! Back in the Finals!"

Will Kyrie Irving play in the Finals?

The Cavs' PG watched from the sidelines for the early part of the team's practice. It's still unknown how much Irving (knee tendinitis) will be able to play in the NBA Finals.

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LeBron acts like he's been there before

"They're tired of seeing me, Perk. Five years straight." LeBron James appears loose as he prepares for his fifth straight NBA Finals -- all smiles while stretching and chirping to the media.

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Oooh, so shiny

LeBron James' practice sneakers are out of this world.

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Tristan Thompson: Rebounding is key

The Cavs C (a regular season 8.0 RPG) has increased to 9.9 RPG in the playoffs. He said: "All the games we've won the rebounding battle, we've won [the game]. We take pride in that and I take pride in that."

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LeBron chirping to the media as he goes through stretching on the court: "Back at it! They're tired of seeing me. Five years straight!"

Shawn Marion: Curry the best shot ever

In Shawn Marion's 15-year career, he's seen a lot of players. And on comparing Steph Curry to past great shooters, he said: "There's no comparison. The way Steph shoots and gets his shots ... ain't nobody ever shot like that."

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Iguodala: Just play our game

Warriors key bench player Andre Iguodala on how his team can win the Finals: "We just need to focus on who we've been, who we are. That's taken us this far, and it'll take us to the next 16 days at the latest."

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