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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about his streak of making it to seven straight NBA Finals at Friday's shootaround and said it was never something he set out to do. "How important is it to me? It's important to me to try to compete for a championship every year," James said. "It's not like it was a goal of mine coming into the NBA, saying ‘Let's have a Finals streak.' It just happened that way because I prepared myself and the teams were very prepared and good and talented to be able to compete for championships. It's just been a product of it."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue confirmed what we already reported following the Cavs' win on Wednesday: Kevin Love will indeed play in Friday's Game 3 in Indiana. Love had a wrap on his jammed left thumb at Friday's shootaround.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

LeBron James says he's just trying to get to another championship. Game 3 tonight is in Indianapolis. The series is tied 1-1.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Kevin Love practicing with his left thumb taped. Coach Lue said Love will be ready to go for Game 3.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is decked out in gold. The t-shirts say "Together."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Fear the beardless! The Pelicans are now 8-0 since Nikola Mirotic decided to shave his beard – including his 30-point performance in Thursday's Game 3 win over the Trail Blazers. Coach Alvin Gentry joked that maybe he'll get a Gillette sponsorship out of it. But teammate Jrue Holiday turned deadly serious when he insisted there is no way they'll let Mirotic avoid shaving from now on. Said Mirotic: “I have to (keep shaving) now. Now it's too late to let it grow. So it's just been fun. But I feel good now being shaved.”

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Danny Green on the difficulty of playing Game 3 after the death of Gregg Popovich's wife: "It wasn't easy. Everybody can kind of empathize and imagine losing somebody so close to you for that amount of time. The very few times I got a chance to encounter her, it was amazing. She had a presence. You guys are intimidated by Pop and probably scared of him, but her presence is probably the total opposite of that; just a joy to be around, lightened the room up and made you smile, and made everybody feel comfortable. Pop probably makes you guys a little uncomfortable. It's tough. It just puts things into perspective of how it was a basketball game. We were obviously competing and fighting, but it's a basketball game. There's bigger things going on in life. We had a tough year. Joffrey [Lauvergne] just had a family member pass. Kyle [Anderson] had a family member pass. Rasual Butler earlier this year -- a lot of guys knew him well -- and now Pop. It just puts things into perspective. As much as we want to win, there are other things in life, bigger things that are more important."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina filled in for head coach Gregg Popovich and was asked whether the circumstances surrounded Game 3 might have negatively affected the team's focus: "No, I don't think so. I think they are great pros and great people. As a team, this is my answer. Individually, I guess any different individual is going through his own personal things, and it's impossible for me to evaluate that. I think everybody did a fantastic job as players, as people working in the organization, the staff, of really trying to support each other and face this moment like it should be faced; to support a friend."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant tells ESPN "I'm good. It's nothing" when asked about his ankle sprain. He said "it was a quick roll. It didn't completely turn. I'm fine." He's a go for Sunday.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant walking to the locker room without a noticeable limp, which is positive considering it appeared he tweaked that left ankle pretty good.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston leave the game late with ankle tweaks. Doesn't appear to be serious, but Warriors being cautious and taking them out and into the locker room.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

When asked why Nikola Mirotic (30 points) has been such a revelation this postseason, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said "Gillette. Give them the credit. Maybe it will get him a sponsorship." Gentry is referring to the fact that Mirotic has played his best basketball since shaving his thick beard earlier this month. As a matter of fact it's become quite a thing now as teammates will not allow Mirotic to have that 5 O'clock shadow. In Portland, Mirotic sent Pelicans' rookie Charles Cook to buy an electric razor so that Mirotic could get rid of the stubble.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The fans are already headed for the exits with 6:41 left t play and the Spurs trailing by 17. Teams that fall behind 3-0 in a best-of-7 series are 0-127 in the playoffs. And that 0-127 is series record, per @ESPNStatsInfo. So while I know the diehards hope for the best with these San Antonio Spurs, it's time to face the reality soon coming your way. The undermanned Spurs fought valiantly against a superior team in the face of difficult circumstances. But this one game, this series, wasn't meant to be.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State up 94-77 midway in the fourth and Spurs' fans are headed for the exits. The Warriors are on the verge of taking a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

And this one is officially over in New Orleans (though it has felt that way for the last quarter and a half). Pelicans 119, Trail Blazers 102. And now the Pelicans have a chance to sweep the series at home on Saturday. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the sixth-seeded Pelicans are the highest seed to take a 3-0 lead in a NBA playoff series since the 2001 Hornets.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis leaves the floor to thunderous roars from the crowd and some "M-V-P" chants with just under seven minutes remaining in the Pelicans' rout of the Trail Blazers. Davis finished the game with 28 points and 11 rebounds -- and the Pelicans are about to go up 3-0 in the series.