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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

My big Raps qualm: There are people I prefer to watch play basketball than DeMar DeRozan. That's an aesthetic statement. But to each his own

Stephen A. questions Rockets hire

Stephen A. Smith does not understand why Houston hired coach Mike D'Antoni because he is not known for being a defensive-minded coach.

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ufc @ufc

#FridayFeeling Who's ready for #UFCChicago at @UnitedCenter?! CM Punk, Benny the Bull and Tommy the Blackhawk are! Tix at UFC.com/tickets cc @chicagobulls @nhlblackhawks

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Warriors stave off elimination

Take an inside look at how the Warriors were able to beat the Thunder and force a Game 6 in the Western Conference finals.

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Stephen A.: 'I don't blame Westbrook for laughing'

Stephen A. Smith believes there is no one in the NBA who can guard Russell Westbrook 1-on-1.

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Sources: 76ers to explore trading Okafor, Noel

Philadelphia will explore trading Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel in the buildup to the NBA draft on June 23, league sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein and Chad Ford. Story

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Why 'Casinogate' matters to the Raptors

Said Jalen Rose: "For [Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll], we're not judging that they were at the casino, we're judging how they played."

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Reasons to believe the Warriors can rally

Golden State is not done yet, and it might not be a good idea to bet against them.

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

"I know some NBA teams might cost $100 million. Well, I could get that together." -- Magic Johnson, in 1991, on owning a team.

NBA draft workout confidential

Chad Ford dishes his latest draft intel after Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Maruqese Chriss, Henry Ellenson and other top prospects showed their skills in workouts. Gym report (Insider)

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Thunder look ahead to important Game 6

Saturday's Western Conference finals Game 6 is the most important game in Oklahoma City since Game 2 of the 2012 Finals, writes Royce Young. Most important ever?

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks plan to acquire a pick in June's draft. The best-case scenario would probably be a late first-round pick but second-round is more likely. The club has shown interest in several players in recent weeks, including Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, who has a workout scheduled with the club next month. New York also interviewed Kansas guard Wayne Selden at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago and has expressed interest in him as the draft approaches, according to league sources. Selden, a 6-6 guard, would fit the mold of the big guards Phil Jackson used in his Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Laker teams. Ferrell, a 6-0 guard, has impressed in workouts, according to sources, and was the only point guard last season to average 17 PPG, 5.5 assists and shoot at least 40% from 3. The Knicks have also expressed interest in St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley and will likely be one of many teams at the agency-hosted workouts for Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and Syracuse's Malachi Richardson. They also attended the agency-hosted workout for Kansas' Cheik Diallo, according to SNY.tv.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Billy Donovan, unprompted: "The difference in the game was the fact that they went to the free throw line 34 times. To me, that was something that was very, very difficult to overcome." The Warriors had a 34-24 advantage in free throws during their Game 5 win. Eight of Golden State's free throws came while they protected a multi-possession lead in the final minute.

Lue wants LeBron to change how he plays

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see "vintage LeBron" in Game 6 against the Raptors.

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