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Adam Reisinger 

Perhaps the most telling stat of the first 8 minutes of Game 5: LeBron James was 4-for-4 from the field, while the Celtics were 4-for-16.

Adam Reisinger 

Fresh off his 17-point, 17-rebound game in Game 4, Kevin Love scored the first 8 points for the Cavs in Game 5, helping Cleveland storm out to a 9-point lead less than four minutes into the game.

david b. thorpe @coachthorpe

Pretty sure LeBron was sick for game three. Speed and bounce look back to par. Meaning very awesome speed and bounce.

Adam Reisinger 

Just as it did before Game 4 in Cleveland, the league held a moment of silence before Game 5 in Boston to remember the victims of the bombing in Manchester, England.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas led the pregame huddle for the Celtics before Game 5.

ESPN Stats and Information  

LeBron James can become 7th player in NBA history to play in 7 straight NBA Finals (previous 6 players were on Celtics during the Bill Russell era)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills were among dozens of NBA executives on hand to watch Kentucky guard Malik Monk play today at his agency's pro workout day in New York, per sources. Members of the Knicks organization have been enamored with Monk but it would surprise Draft observers if Monk is available when the Knicks pick at 8. The Knicks are likely considering several options with the No. 8 pick. Included among those options are Monk, French guard Frank Ntilikina, Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr., per sources. An earlier post incorrectly stated that he was not there. We regret the error. Many of Excel's draft prospects, including Harry Giles, worked out in front of execs.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers announce Memorial Day pre-draft workout lineup (pic via Lakers' official Twitter):

Adam Reisinger 

LeBron James was warming up nearly two hours before tip-off. He's 28 points away from passing Michael Jordan for the most in postseason history.


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LeBron James needs 28 points to overtake Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time postseason scoring leader

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Brad Stevens on whether Isaiah Thomas will need surgery on his hip: "Sounds to me like the course of action is, prior to deciding, to let the inflammation go down."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics sticking with Kelly Olynyk in the starting lineup for Game 5. Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson available off bench.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas will be at Game 5 at TD Garden in person. He added that the team is waiting for inflammation in Thomas' hip to subside before they determine a course of action for offseason treatment.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Jaylen Brown is available for Game 5. Brad Stevens said he winced through shootaround but he's going to go.