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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.

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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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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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwane Casey on what he has learned about his team through all these long playoff rounds: "Everybody has counted out DeMar (DeRozan), counted out Kyle (Lowry) at times during the three rounds. And they've bounced back."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey didn't rule out starting Jonas Valanciunas at center in Game 6. He had come off the bench in his return to the lineup in Game 5, and Bismack Biyombo has thrived as a starter -- especially at home.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMar DeRozan on playing in another pivotal Game 6 and hoping for force a third straight Game 7: "We didn't get this far without a reason... We've been resilient... We've been playing every other day for six weeks. We are mentally locked in... You know how to handle it, keep your emotions in check (for a big game)... I think the mood (in the locker room) is we are anxious to get back out there."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Lowry walks into the Raptors' press conference room with his Spider-Man look. When asked about how the Raptors have enjoyed playing big games late in a playoff series, Lowry says he tries to live and enjoy every moment no matter if "I play bad, I play good. I play bad, I play good."

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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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James blasting some Nelly "Air Force Ones" and "Splurge" on his Beats pill as media enters the Cavs locker room at shootaround.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron wearing an old school Cavs hat with the Cavs logo from the Brad Daugherty era at the morning shootaround. He sounds focused and ready to go for Game 6 against Toronto.

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Asked if Steph Curry was an underrated defender, Russell Westbrook chuckled & KD gave his thoughts.

Will D'Antoni and Harden click or clash?

With James Harden dominating the ball and Houston needing help on defense, how good a match is Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets? Can this work? (Insider)

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