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LeBron: sports can help Cleveland

"I think sports is one of the biggest healers in helping a city out. Sports just does something to people ... it can get your mind off of some of the hardships that might be going on throughout your life."

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Mike Budenholzer says that Gregg Popovich, his old boss, is in Cleveland for Game 3.

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

While he's not retuning for this series, Pat Beverley shot jumpers today after practice with a cast on his left wrist.

David Blatt live on SportsCenter

The Cavs' coach on Kyrie Irving's status for Game 3: "Even as we speak he's back with the doctors, being evaluated. It's a game-time decision." Watch live

Blood drawn in Cleveland already

Timofey Mozgov always goes hard. Unfortunately for his nose, that passion led to a bloodied schnoz as Mozgov tried to defend a Tristan Thompson dunk during pregame warmups. No word on whether Mozgov drew a flagrant on his teammate.

Hawks have steep hill to climb

Atlanta is trying to become the 4th team in NBA history to come back to win a best-of-7 series after losing the first two games at home, but no team has ever done it in a conference finals. Game 3 tips at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

1995-96 Bulls: 84-11; 1996-97 Bulls' 80-15; 1985-86 Celtics: 79-16; 1971-72 Lakers: 79-16; 1966-67 76ers: 79-16 ... and these 78-17 Warriors

Competitive series are best served cold

If you want drama, the NHL conference finals are where it's at. In the NBA, on the other hand, the Vegas underdog has yet to win a single game, and only one game has come down to the final possession so far.

Howard: 'I saw quit' from Rockets

Dwight Howard on Houston's embarrassing Game 3 loss: "I saw quit from everybody in the arena. We can't have that. ... If there's any doubt or any disbelief in your spirit, then you might as well say we're finished."

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An unnerving stat for Irving

The Cavs will be hard-pressed to win a title without a healthy Kyrie Irving, but they've done well without their star PG to this point. Really well, in fact.

Carroll is a realist on knee injury

At morning practice, Hawks wing DeMarre Carroll didn't say much about his injury and instead jokingly adhered to the facts: "I have a knee." We're not doctors, but that seems accurate. (via Britt McHenry)

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Steph Curry: Not done yet

"We're looking for five more wins, so we won't stop till we get 'em."

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Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

3)the 3pt shot is not the be all end all of basketball. WNBA is taking their exhibition game to extremes-do not disvalue the 2pt shot.

Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

2)we are glad for JR,Shump,Pablo,etc...players have comfort zones that they need to play their best...we want them to find that in NBA

Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

Some corrected thoughts:1)like 3pt shooters, check it out, but to play for 3pt shot is an error. Penetration, first principal of offense.