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Cavs vs. Pacers NBA Playoffs: J.R. Smith will start Game 3 for Cleveland

The Cavs shooting guard injured his hamstring in Game 2<p>The Cavaliers will look to take a 3-0 lead on the Pacers on Thursday night, and they'll do it …

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Warriors’ diverse big men have become centers of attention

OAKLAND – By halftime of Game 2 Wednesday night, the Warriors’ trio of role-playing centers had combined to make 10 of 11 shots against the …

Forecast: Updated series predictions for each first-round matchup

Who will advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs? We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts heading into Game 3 of each first-round series.<p>…

Watch: On this day 31 years ago, Michael Jordan put up 63 points vs. Celtics

On April 20, 1986, exactly 31 years ago today, Michael Jordan delivered one of the greatest individual performances in NBA postseason history.<p>The …

LeBron James overtakes Kobe Bryant for third in playoff scoring

INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James might have some work left to do to catch Kobe Bryant's five championships, but he now has eclipsed the former Los …

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The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with …

NBA Playoff takeaways: LeBron has one for the books, jig might be up on Raptors

History was made and little of what was expected came to pass Thursday night<p>Wild comebacks, runaway blowouts from underdogs, and an all-time LeBron …

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This season’s MVP race stands for everything

Russell Westbrook’s 51-point triple-double stands as a thing of history. It’s absolutely incredible that a guy can do that! But Game 2 wasn’t the …

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Watch: Greek Freak uses elbow to reject Norman Powell

Giannis Antetokounmpo never ceases to amaze.<p>The Milwaukee Bucks phenom collected a rather impressive block Thursday when he flew in from behind to …

NBA Podcast: Fred Katz on the Russell Westbrook Experience

Russell Westbrook had an incredible season, and likely will be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player at the league’s awards show in June. Along the way, he’s also become the league’s most polarizing player, one for whom everyone has an opinion of some kind.<p>This is why I wrote a column saying …

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LeBron leads Cavs to biggest halftime comeback in playoff history

The last time a LeBron James-led team lost a game in the opening round of the playoffs was in 2012, when the Miami Heat fell by two points to the New …

Cavs vs. Pacers: Takeaways from LeBron's magic act -- without Kyrie and Kevin

The King was in court on Thursday, and Cleveland has a 3-0 lead<p>The game was out of reach. The home crowd was fired up. The role players had stepped …

12 Michael Jordan stories that prove he was the most competitive athlete of all-time

What made Michael Jordan so great? Was it his supreme athleticism? That probably had a lot to do with it, as did his finely tuned skill-set. But the biggest reason Jordan ended up as the greatest NBA player we have ever seen is his amazing competitive streak.<p>So on this Throwback Thursday, let’s …

Get ready for Russell Westbrook vs. James Harden in first-round playoff duel

Too bad the MVP votes already will be cast when Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder face James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the …

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Harden: “I thought winning is the most important thing.”

NBAE via Getty ImagesA lot is being said about Russell Westbrook’s MVP candidacy in the aftermath of his breathtaking, history making performance on …

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Manu Ginobili gets the loose ball and dunks over Yao Ming!

Yao Ming With The Three Pointer!

James Harden: 'I Know I've Done Enough'

Like everyone else, James Harden is in awe of the historic season Russell Westbrook is having.<p>The Beard, however, isn’t ready to concede the MVP …

James Harden can only do so much for the MVP award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As reporters were led into the Houston Rockets locker room late Sunday afternoon, James Harden sat with a towel covering him …

The Upcoming Privacy Battle Over Wearables in the NBA

Biometric trackers could revolutionize professional sports. First, though, leagues will have to convince athletes to share their data.<p>The raucous home crowd goes quiet as they watch the reigning Most Valuable Player step up to the free-throw line. For those watching at home, a familiar chyron …

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Heavy-hearted Russell hits 3 to lead Lakers past T'wolves

LOS ANGELES (AP) — D'Angelo Russell wasn't expecting to play Sunday after the death of his grandmother. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard changed his mind as headed to the arena.<p>He ended up paying the perfect tribute.<p>Russell made a 3-pointer as time expired and the Lakers overcame a huge game by …

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WATCH: LaMelo Ball Drops 38 Points in 1st AAU Game of 2017 With LaVar Ball As Head Coach

With Chino Hills’ season in the rearview mirror, LaMelo Ball now turns his attention to the AAU season. The youngest of the world famous Ball …

Moët Moments: Warriors vs. Jazz

Heading into Monday’s Warriors-Jazz game, the Dubs have won seven straight head-to-head matchups with Utah. Another win on Monday would mean a sweep …

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Kings learn another lesson in loss to Rockets

Every game the young Kings play is more and more valuable. Sunday's loss to the Rockets presented them with plenty of teaching points.

Houston Rockets GM says the NBA could improve by following the NFL's model and cutting its season in half

In addition to many fans tuning out the long 82-game season until the playoffs, the NBA has a problem internally, with players resting to preserve their bodies and bad teams being forced to tank and lose games once they realize they're not competitive.<p>The common argument has been that the NBA will …

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2017: 1st Round TV Info and Predictions

The NBA playoffs will begin on Saturday, April 15, and this year's version has many storylines.<p>Can anyone stop the Golden State Warriors en route to a second championship in three seasons?<p>Will the Cleveland Cavaliers find a way to regroup after a tough second half of the season and return to the …