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A generation of fans will see this Game 7 victory as LeBron validation

Love him or hate him, LeBron James' performance against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals deserves to be recognized and revered.

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LeBron says 'it's a treat' to lead Cavs to Finals

LeBron James shares how the Cavaliers came together after the trade deadline to make the NBA Finals for the 4th consecutive season.

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Smart: It'd be 'huge' to return to this Celtics team

Marcus Smart is proud of how this Celtics team fought all season and has his mind focusing on the loss to the Cavaliers and his family.

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Green overwhelmed with emotion

Jeff Green says he can't put it into words how good it feels to finally reach the NBA Finals after 10 years in the league.

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Lue on LeBron: 'He's the best player in the world'

As LeBron James lies on the floor behind him, Ty Lue praises the Cavs' star, saying "you want the best player in the world on your side."

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Tatum on dunk on LeBron: 'Had to get him back'

Jayson Tatum reacts to his posterizing dunk on LeBron James and reflects on the moment he shared with James after the game.

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Tatum says Celtics left it all on the floor

Jayson Tatum explains why the Celtics have nothing to hang their heads about after falling in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Stephen A.: 'Some luck' was involved with Cavs' run

Stephen A. Smith breaks down the opponents the Cavaliers faced in the playoffs and praises LeBron James' ability to overcome adversity.

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Celtics fall short, but know they are legitimate contenders

The Boston Celtics overcame the challenges of youth and injury to nearly make it to the NBA Finals. Just don't expect them to accept condolences.

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A Kyrie extension, untouchable players and more Celtics moves

Can Boston lock up Kyrie Irving long term? How valuable are Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum?

Western Conference Final

Game 7: 9 p.m. ET, Monday

How the Warriors unleashed Klay Thompson

It's easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better in Game 6, but there was a bit more to it than just that.

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Stephen A. marvels at Warriors' 3-point attack

Stephen A. Smith calls the Warriors' performance in Game 6 "an aerial assault the likes we have not seen in quite a while."

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Eastern Conference finals

Is it greatness or is it magic? It's Year 15 of LeBron

LeBron James has made a habit of dominating playoff games at home, and Game 6 was no exception with the Cavaliers facing elimination.

LeBron’s Legend Didn’t Need Reinforcing, But He Did It Anyway

James’s playoff elimination game prowess was on full display Friday night.

LeBron drops 46 points in 46 minutes

LeBron James comes up huge in another elimination game, sitting just once to fuel the Cavs to a Game 6 victory.

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NBA Draft

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.

Where will Doncic land in NBA Draft?

Jonathan Givony calls Slovenian prospect Luka Doncic "the best pure basketball player in the draft."

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Mock draft: Every likely pick with final order

The Suns have won the NBA draft lottery. Whom will they take, and where will the rest of the top prospects land?

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Aschburner: King James' reign over East continues

Turning Point: Another dominant Game 7 for LeBron

Powell: Plenty at stake on both sides in West finale

The King's quest

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For Maverick Carter, running King James' empire was always the game plan

Their goal: Get off the sports conveyor belt and build wealth, power and influence.

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How LeBron James ended up with Nike

Seven-figure checks were flying and at 18 years old, a young king had to make a huge decision.

If you don’t know these stories, you don’t know LeBron James

A look back at 13 amazing tales as LeBron James plays on during his 13th postseason.

The Undefeated on The Rockets

Hakeem Olajuwon's five most impressive Ramadan performances

The Hall of Famer played Jordan, Barkley, Robinson and Ewing while fasting, but how did he fare?

James Harden is 'strictly music'

Houston's in-house DJ TGray spins the beats for Harden and team before each home game.

World Fame 100

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From OKC to the Bay: How KD is building a Silicon Valley empire

Kevin Durant takes us inside his growing business empire, his Nike negotiations and whether he ultimately might end up in an owner's box.

2018 World Fame 100: Who reaches the pinnacle across sports?

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports. Then we ranked them based on a formula of three fame factors.

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Kyle Korver's perseverance

The scariest three minutes in the NBA

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  • When The Dubs Hit The Turbo Button

    By the time opponents know what's hit them, it's already too late. This is how the Warriors crush -- and how the NBA fails to fight back.

Russell Westbrook's fashion

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  • 82 flavors of Russ: How to dress like OKC's MVP

    Russ does what he wants -- on and off the court. We tracked every outfit the NBA's biggest fashion star wore this season. But even if you think you can pull off Westbrook's look, it'll cost you.