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5 reasons Michael Jordan’s perfect 6-for-6 Finals record is overrated

Michael Jordan's undefeated NBA Finals record is one of the most astonishing accomplishments in all of professional sports.<p>It's also grossly …

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Even when facing Warriors, LeBron James always playing against Michael Jordan

Thirty days hath September. All the rest have basketball.<p>The end is nigh and about time. Promises must be kept, issues must be sorted, redemption must be redeemed. Excitement is not just expected but demanded.<p>In short, like the last three minutes of any NBA game, we can pay attention now.<p>It is …

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Cavs-Warriors III: Ranking every player in the 2017 NBA Finals by importance

Is LeBron James, Steph Curry or Kevin Durant most important to who comes home with the title?<p>The matchup everyone has been waiting for is here. The 2017 NBA Finals pit the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight time, the "three-match." These two teams know each …

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Warriors-Cavaliers 2017 NBA Finals: 20 awesome things to know for three-match

LeBron. Durant. Curry. Klay. Green. Kyrie. Love. Let's do this.<p>We're finally here.<p>After knowing this was coming for a full year, after hyping it and talking about it over and over, after sitting through an interminable playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors meet in the 2017 …

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Cavaliers vs. Warriors 2017 NBA Finals Opening Odds Revealed

Just as everyone expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA finals.<p>It will be the third time in a row these teams battled for a title, with each side winning once in the last two years. Despite the history, one team has a distinct advantage in betting …

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LeBron James Says Pursuit of Michael Jordan's Legacy a 'Personal Goal'

On Thursday, LeBron James spoke about his desire to create a legacy on par with that of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.<p>"It's just a personal goal of mine," he said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. "It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. It's just my personal …

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What's Up with Klay? Warriors Need Slumping Sharpshooter to Figure It Out ASAP

Klay Thompson had no idea he'd been left off this year's All-NBA selections until a reporter asked him last week how it felt. Not exactly the preferred way to find out.<p>A few minutes earlier, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant (both named to the second team) had huddled together on the practice court, …

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LeBron James Is Indestructible

For all the many things LeBron James is praised for, from his ability to set up his teammates to his capacity to take over a game, his most …

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Iverson: Being compared to 'black Jesus' Jordan shows how good LeBron is

Allen Iverson is the latest to weigh in on the debate comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan.<p>The Answer, who played against (and alongside) both …

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New Era NBA partnership expansion gives basketball fans the hats they deserve

An expansion of the partnership between the NBA and headwear manufacturer New Era should allow basketball fans to elevate their swag game.<p>Starting …

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Scottie Pippen Says LeBron James Hasn't Passed Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan

Scottie Pippen isn't ready to compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, and it's not just because he has fewer rings.<p>Rather, Pippen told ESPN's Cari Champion on a Wednesday edition of <i>SportsCenter</i> (h/t Chris Walder of theScore) <i></i>he thinks James shouldn't be compared to Jordan or Bryant …

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Dirty Dynasty? How the Warriors Became the West's Toughest Team

<b>All it took was one swing</b> of one foot to change the history of the NBA. Draymond Green, driving to the hoop with serious intention, got fouled by Steven Adams. A routine play in a hard-fought playoff series became so much more when Green put his leg out and cracked Adams in the crotch.<p>It was swift …

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'He's very special:' Popovich cites three reasons for Steph Curry's rise

Warriors-Spurs Game 4<p>The Warriors are in San Antonio attempting to punch a ticket to their third straight NBA Finals.<p>SAN ANTONIO -- Those following …

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What Should the NBA Do When Nobody Can Touch the Superteams?

The league is currently dominated by two—and only two—teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Nathaniel Friedman has a few ideas for bringing parity back to the league.<p>The Celtics’ win over the Cavs this weekend was an irony, the dying gasp of a largely worthless postseason. …

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The evolution of the worst trade in NBA history

Is the trade that landed the Nets Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett the worst one in NBA history? Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images<p>The Nets were attempting to …

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Popovich: Warriors are 'way more than just their talent'

Sure, the Golden State Warriors have enough talent on their roster to rival an All-NBA team, but San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich doesn't …

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Kevin Durant Is 'Arrogant' and 'Disrespectful,' According to Stephen A. Smith

After Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant dismissed those who have taken issue with the Dubs' domination during the 2017 NBA playoffs, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith responded Monday.<p>On an episode of ESPN's <i>First Take</i> (h/t Andrew Joseph of <i>USA Today</i>), Smith was critical of Durant and his …

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NBA Metrics 101: Ranking the Greatest Individual Playoff Runs of Last 20 Years

Dominating the NBA's regular season is one thing. But true legends are born in the playoffs.<p>The last 20 years of basketball history, dating back to the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat clinch over the Utah Jazz in 1998, have seen plenty of memorable runs. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have thrived …

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Stephen Curry, Warriors Breeze Past Spurs for Sweep, Punch Ticket to NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors own the Western Conference.<p>Golden State finished its sweep of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday with a 129-115 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at the AT&T Center. The triumph clinched the Warriors' third straight trip to the NBA Finals, where they will …

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For the culture: 10 NBA teams that need course corrections in the offseason

Sometimes, offseason needs aren't just about personnel<p>After the Toronto Raptors suffered a sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs, team president Masai Ujiri told reporters they needed a "culture reset." In order to take the next step, Ujiri didn't think …

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The Celtics might have a better future without Isaiah Thomas

Thomas has turned himself into a Celtics legend and deserves absolute credit for it all. But in pursuit of a championship, Boston might be best off letting him go.<p>When Isaiah Thomas dropped 53 points in the Garden three weeks ago, he cemented himself as a Boston legend. Thomas turned a point guard …

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Kevin Durant says he made the ‘100 percent correct decision, win or lose’ to join Warriors

Forward is one win away from returning to the Finals for the first time in five years<p>Kevin Durant kept it “100” about his decision to join the Golden …

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The Upcoming Pressure on Steph Curry and Kevin Durant - The Haberman and Middlekauff Podcast

Haberman and Middlekauff talk to the Warriors Reporter from the Bay Area News Group and the All-82 Podcast, Anthony Slater about the pressure on …

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Warriors Looking to Erase Pain of Last Year with Perfect Postseason

SAN ANTONIO — You know the ideal way to atone for the disappointment of winning a record 73 games but losing the championship to Cleveland with a 3-1 lead?<p>Setting a different—arguably better—record with 16 consecutive playoff victories…and winning the championship over that same Cavaliers team.<p>That …

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LeBron James continues to build legacy off the court

CLEVELAND – Forget LeBron James’ legacy on the court. In the big picture, his on-court achievements are noteworthy and impressive, but not life-changing.<p>James’ philanthropic work with the LeBron James Family Foundation is leaving a meaningful mark on children and families, especially those in the …

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Kevin Durant from Game 3 Is the KD Warriors Need the Rest of NBA Playoffs

SAN ANTONIO — Forgive me for not remembering Kevin Durant was injured this postseason. It wasn’t like it was that long ago, but with the Golden State Warriors moving at warp speed through the playoffs, you can’t blame me for losing track of some minor details.<p>Tonight, in a decisive 120-108 win in …

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The definitive ranking of the 10 best players in the NBA. No explanations needed.

Everyone knows LeBron James is the best player in the world.<p>And everyone is right. And the best part is that no one needs to explain why. LeBron James is the best player in the world. That’s it. That’s the argument. That’s the explanation.<p>With that in mind, here are the 10 best players in the NBA, …

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Isaiah Thomas Ruled Out for Remainder of Playoffs

BOSTON (May 20, 2017) – The Boston Celtics today announced that Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following …

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Unlike last year, Cavs aren't waiting for trouble before flipping the switch

This team is locked in right down to the finest details<p>BOSTON -- Remember when there were concerns about the Cleveland Cavaliers? Just six weeks ago, their 16-18 record after the All-Star break and 22nd-ranked defense were supposed to mean something. After 10 straight playoff wins in which they …

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Is John Wall a super-max player?

Good morning. We have that and more in Friday’s NBA newsletter.<p>The 2017 All-NBA teams were announced on Thursday. The biggest story is that neither Paul George nor Gordon Hayward snuck onto the third team, thus disqualifying them for being eligible to sign super-max contracts this summer. James …

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