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“He's pretty much annihilating him.” Stephen A. says Russell Westbrook has put Steph Curry, NBA on notice:

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron's mindset for Game 5? "Just a sense of calmness. That's all. Just a very calm moment for myself, personally. I relish this opportunity to be a part of the postseason once again, to be 2-2 on my home floor, so, a sense of calmness. I think they'll follow that."

Stephen A: Black head coaches are endangered species

Stephen A. Smith examines Michael Wilbon's Undefeated article on how a failure to "speak analytics" is pushing black head coaches out of the league.


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Said this last night: He's likely to head back to Stanford but I know Roscoe Allen has impressed some NBA people this spring. Parsons-type.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

As ESPN Stats & Info's Ryan Feldman interestingly points out, Raptors G DeMar DeRozan is 18-for-26 from the field when guarded by Cavs' J.R. Smith and 4-for-13 when guarded by LeBron James.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors G Kyle Lowry is averaging 27.5 points and shooting 8-for-15 from 3-point range at home in the Eastern Conference finals versus 9.0 points and 1-for-15 from 3-point range on the road.

Warriors' culture faces biggest test

The Warriors won a title last season thanks to their organization's positive, open-minded approach. Now down 3-1 to the Thunder, that culture is up against its toughest challenge yet. Not all fun and games

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How to beat the Cavaliers

Goran Dragic averaged 15.3 PPG while winning two of three vs. the Cavaliers this season so he would have some ideas.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

One of many Game 5 storylines will be how the Raptors utilize center Jonas Valanciunas, who has missed the last eight games with a sprained right ankle (despite being active for Game 4). Toronto coach Dwane Casey said it would depend on matchups as he doesn't want Valanciunas chasing Channing Frye around the perimeter. Cleveland will go small in spurts with Frye at center.

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Last night, Russell Westbrook joined Jerry West and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA playoff history to post a 35-point triple-double vs. the defending champions.

Bad shots aren't bad for everybody

Sometimes the ball goes up and you immediately think, "Oh no." But then there's the NBA players who are really good at low-percentage shots.


Green blames himself for Warriors woes

"I have to be better. I know this team energy goes as I go. They didn't have nothing to look for. I haven't given my guys anything. No leadership, no energy, nothing, which is what I bring to this team." Draymond Green diary, part 14