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Steve Kerr on Steph Curry; "He didn't do anything on the floor (today) but he's doing well in the training room."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is trying to take an even-keel approach to things while the Knicks search for a coach. "Until they have something that's when I'm going to have something," he said in an interview Thursday at an event to promote Gillette Clinical Clear Gel. "Honestly I try to step away from it for a minute, just clear my head, not even think about that part of it right now. I find myself being able to cope better when I do do that. instead of thinking so much about it, being emotional about it. I try to distance myself from it." It's similar to Anthony's approach in pressure situations. "Just try to stay mellow, man."

First Take predicts: Spurs win in seven

Behind the Silent Assassin, Kawhi Leonard, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith both agree that the Spurs will beat the Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on if ATL is an "easier" opponent considering the Cavs' familiarity: "Nothing is easy in the postseason. There's too much work both on the floor and mentally that you have to do to prepare for a playoff series understanding how the competition is going to be at its highest level. Easy should never even come into play when you're talking about playoff basketball or basketball in general at this level."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Korver went out w/ a broken leg in G2 of the ECF last year. This year he's coming off a strong 1st Rd (12.2p on 45 pct from 3). Ty Lue has noticed: "We know he's dangerous ... In the last series, his plus/minus when he's on the floor was +78. When he was off the floor, they were -24, so we know how important he is"

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Updated NBA championship odds from Bovada:

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Nothing official yet but there's a good chance Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who did not play in Game 5, could start Game 6.

Should the Clippers start over?

Michael Smith needs to see a plan before they blow up the roster. "This looks like a team that should contend if it's together and it's healthy."

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin did not make the trip. They will be watching Game 6 in Los Angeles.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James is not a fan of the NBA's last two minute report:

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeAndre Jordan: "We've been unlucky this season."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas already on the recruiting trail: "If you don't want to play for the Celtics then you don't know basketball," said Thomas. Asked if he's friendly with free agent-to-be Kevin Durant, Thomas, a Washington native, smiled and said: "I do (know him). He played for the Sonics, so I know him a little bit."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com. Williams, 31, who could have made $5.6 million next season, plans to seek a multi-year deal that could be the final contract of his career, the sources said. There will be mutual interest in his return to Dallas after he averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season. "I would love to be back," Williams said during exit interviews this week. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams, a native of the Dallas area, needs surgery to repair the sports hernia that caused him to miss most of the Mavs' playoff surgery but should be completely healthy entering training camp.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Blazers are getting ready to close out the Clippers in Rip City tonight.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George, on if he has gotten over Game 5 yet: "Still haven't," George said after Friday's shootaround. "That one, whether we win or lose this series, is still going to be one that -- feel like we should have won that one. We should have came away from Toronto with that one."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A motivated Isaiah Thomas: "I'm going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again because it really hurt me. I'm going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you I'll be back better."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas will represent the Celtics on stage at May's draft lottery. Accepted Wyc Grousbeck's invite today.