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5-on-5: Will the Cavs come back? What does a loss mean for LeBron?

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

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Figuring out the logic behind Ty Lue's use of Kyle Korver in Game 5

The Cavs' coach caught a lot of flak for the move, but it wasn't as damaging to Cleveland's chance to win as it first seemed.

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

While it's not a must-win, avoiding "Game 7" LeBron James is paramount for the Celtics.

Kobe shows how to attack Cavs in transition

Kobe Bryant analyzes the best way for the Celtics to attack the Cavaliers' defense in transition in the latest edition of "Detail." Catch the full episode on ESPN+.


LeBron, Cavs are calm hours before Game 6

Brian Windhorst reports from Cleveland where LeBron James and the Cavs are calm before an elimination game vs. the Celtics.


Stephen A. 'going down' with LeBron's ship

Stephen A. Smith won't waver on his prediction that the Cavaliers will advance to the NBA Finals as he ponders Cleveland's Game 6 fate.


LeBron on the brink of elimination

After displaying a clutch gene throughout the playoffs, Scoop Jackson highlights how LeBron James and the Cavaliers have found themselves one loss away from being knocked out of the playoffs.


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.


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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Western Conference Finals

Rockets lead, 3-2

Will Harden's Rockets beat Warriors without Chris Paul?

With Chris Paul out, the Rockets will have to rely even more on James Harden. But will it be enough?

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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.

The Warriors' worst habits are coming back to haunt them

Houston took advantage of Golden State's sloppiness and an over-reliance on Kevin Durant in Game 5.

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."


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?

The King's quest


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. Partner

Smith: Paul delivers again, but injury mars Game 5 win

Who steps up for Rockets if Paul misses Game 6?

The Starters: Is LeBron worn out?

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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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.

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