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Paul's latest postseason injury comes one win away from NBA Finals

Chris Paul overcame a slow start to put his team in position for a major postseason win -- only to end that win with another critical playoff injury.

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Lowe: Trevor Ariza is easy to miss. He shouldn't be.

The Rockets forward has mastered a role he was never sure he wanted, the overlooked cog in Houston's scoring-and-switching machine.

CP3 suffers another playoff injury

Chris Paul lands awkwardly, leaving the Rockets a man down on defense, but the Warriors' Quinn Cook can't hit the open 3-pointer.

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Stephen A.: CP3 shouldn't even travel to Game 6

Stephen A. Smith says Chris Paul shouldn't travel to California for Game 6, let alone play, after suffering a hamstring injury.

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Warriors' blunders prove costly

The Warriors fail to convert on three separate possessions down the stretch and come up short in Game 5 against the Rockets.

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CP3 shimmies past Steph after 3

Chris Paul knocks down a triple with Steph Curry all over him, then celebrates by staring at Curry while shimmying.

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CP3, Rockets take down Dubs

Chris Paul comes alive in the second half and the Warriors can't convert late, going down 3-2 to the Rockets.

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Harden says Game 5 win was emotional

James Harden expresses the team's emotions in Game 5 after the tragedy in Houston and how the Rockets relied on defense down the stretch.

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Houston unites for victory amidst tragedy

The Rockets give their city a much-needed lift with students from Santa Fe High School and community leaders looking on at Game 5.

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Rockets take Game 5 to go up 3-2

Chris Paul scores 18 of his 20 points in the second and the Warriors fail to convert late as the Rockets prevail 98-94.

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Steph on CP3's shimmy: 'It was well-deserved'

Steph Curry says if you can shimmy on someone, you can get shimmied on, and he discusses Chris Paul's importance in Game 5.

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CP3 takes over in the 2nd half

After going 0-for-7 in the first half, Chris Paul turns it up in the second, scoring 18 points and draining four 3-pointers.

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Harden says CP3 is 'built' for working against the clock

James Harden praises Chris Paul's ability to make shots with time winding down. Eric Gordon says his role doesn't change if CP3 misses Game 6.

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Harden says Rockets are proving people wrong

James Harden says he and the Rockets continue to show their mental toughness on the court and plan to treat Game 6 like any other game.

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Draymond on final possession: 'We were supposed to score'

Draymond Green doesn't take too much time explaining what fell apart on the final possession, but he says "I lost the ball, not much more to it."

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Kerr 'feels great' after loss in Game 5

Steve Kerr explains that despite the players being angry, the Warriors are in great shape, and he's confident they can turn the series around.

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D'Antoni on CP3: 'He's one of the best to play the game'

Mike D'Antoni sheds some light on how Chris Paul is feeling heading into Game 6 with a potential injury and how the Rockets will move forward.

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Stephen A.: 'Kevin Durant is a big problem'

Stephen A. Smith says that Kevin Durant is simply "not showing up" in his first "adverse circumstance" since joining Golden State.

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Stephen A. says CP3's Game 6 status questionable

Stephen A. Smith says that coach Mike D'Antoni may put someone else on the court in order to save Chris Paul for a potential Game 7.

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NFL

Hill: NFL shows who and what it values with new anthem policy

The league created a new controversy, more animosity and negative headlines just to appease the wrong sensibilities.

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Graziano: Bungled anthem policy shows NFL has much to learn from NBA

Why can't the NFL get it right with its anthem policy and clumsy handling of players' rights? The answer has to do with sincerity and trust.

Will the Cavs come back? What does a loss mean for LeBron James?

How likely is a Cavs rally from down 3-2, and is LeBron James gone if they lose? Our experts answer the key questions before a huge Game 6.

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'Somebody bring Lucky': The Celtics and the elusive road win

Avoiding "Game 7" LeBron is paramount for the Celtics. To do so, they'll have to do something they've managed just once during these playoffs: win away from TD Garden.

How It's Going Down: Tatum the key to Celts' victory

With the help of Second Spectrum, we take a look at how crucial Jayson Tatum is to the Celtics in taking down LeBron and the Cavaliers.

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History of LeBron's 3-2 deficits

LeBron James has been down 3-2 on several occasions. The King adds another chapter Friday vs. the Celtics on ESPN.

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MLB

Juiced baseballs, starting relievers and MLB's next big thing

Now that we know baseballs are flying higher than ever, is there a fix? Also, what to make of bullpenning, and get ready for the best series of 2018.

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Real or not? AL Central is the worst division since 1994

The early returns from the American League Central aren't pretty, as the .500 Indians lead a group that has been far from good in games outside of the division.

Cubs offense might not need a splashy fix as badly as you think

While a certain superstar infielder's name churns through the rumor mill, Chicago's lineup could be good enough to win as is -- at least for now.

Stanley Cup Final

Game 1: 8 p.m. ET, Monday

Capitals-Golden Knights tale of the tape: Full breakdown and picks

Which team has the superior first line? The better power play? Who has been blessed by the hockey gods? We debate eight categories and make picks.

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Experts' predictions: Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe picks

Our experts -- including Barry Melrose, John Buccigross, Linda Cohn and Steve Levy -- forecast who will win the Cup and MVP honors.

Permission for optimism: The Caps take on D.C.'s pain

No Washington big four team has won a title since 1991. With the hockey gods seemingly on their side, can the Capitals end the streak of futility?

Thursday Home Runs

Trout hits solo homer

Mike Trout's 15th HR of the season comes in the fifth inning to extend Los Angeles' lead to 4-0 over Toronto.

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Marisnick mashes homer to center

Jake Marisnick crushes a three-run home run to center field to stretch the Astros' lead over the Indians.

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Mancini, Jones crush back-to-back HRs

Trey Mancini and Adam Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning that White Sox outfielders couldn't reel in.

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Smith Jr. homers in sixth

Dwight Smith Jr. lifts a solo home run out to right field as Toronto trails Los Angeles 4-1.

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Fort Worth Invitational

Featured Holes: 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+

NBA Draft

7 pm. ET, June 21 on ESPN

Why Luka Doncic could slide in the draft

Could the Slovenian superstar slip out of the top three? Our draft experts break down the latest intel.

Is Doncic's draft stock slipping?

Zach Lowe and Stephen Jackson react to the conflicting intel in regard to Sacramento's interest in Doncic.

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Wozniacki's unfulfilling rise

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    Caroline Wozniacki says she's never chased fame, only tennis excellence. But her search for fulfillment? That's been a longer, tougher journey.