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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr provides his thoughts on the NFL's new anthem policy: "Typical of the NFL. Appealing to their fanbase...trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism. Idiotic."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr said he believes Klay Thompson will play tonight. Andre Iguodala is a game-time decision. Both participated in shootaround this morning.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern point guard Bryant McIntosh is scheduled to be among those who work out for the Lakers on Friday. McIntosh, who is third all-time in the Big Ten in assists, helped lead Northwestern to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2016-17 and became the first Division 1 player in 13 years to post 16 assists with no turnovers in a game against Minnesota this past season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Rick Carlisle, Stephen Silas has agreed to a multi-year deal to join the Mavs coaching staff. He will replace Melvin Hunt, who is leaving for the Atlanta Hawks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ex-Knick Amar'e Stoudemire shared his thoughts on new Knicks coach David Fizdale in an interview with The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7 FM: "Fizdale was great when I was in Miami (in 2015-16). He was great with the veteran players, myself Dwyane Wade, Loul Deng. He was brilliant with the young players, with Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson. So what he would do was, the training regimen for those guys, he brought us all in early. We worked out before practice, we went through the plays, we had a great understanding of the offense and defensive schemes. So he had us well-prepared for when Spoelstra was ready to take over (practice)….So with having coach Fizdale here, he's going to definitely bring a winning mentality, he's going to make sure that the guys are on the same page. He's going to build a chemistry, I think, that's going to be beneficial for the team."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The filing from Charles Oakley's lawyers says that after Oakley was ejected by Garden security "Defendant Dolan can be seen giving a thumbs up to the security guards." MSG lawyers say the video - which was obtained by the NY Daily News and does not contain audio - proves that Oakley's ejection from the arena was warranted. Oakley's lawyers vehemently disagree. Oakley's lawsuit claims that he was defamed and discriminated against, among other claims. Full background on the civil suit and criminal case in the wake of Oakley's removal from the Garden can be found in previous stories on ESPN.com. Defense lawyers are expected to file a reply to Thursday's filing next month and the judge is expected to rule on whether or not the case will proceed to jury in the coming months.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles Oakley's lawyers on Thursday argued in court papers that the motion to dismiss Oakley's civil suit against Madison Square Garden and Knicks owner James Dolan be rejected. Lawyers for Dolan and Madison Square Garden have filed a motion requesting that the suit be dismissed. One piece of evidence Oakley's lawyers cited in Thursday's filing is an arena video that shows Dolan ordering Oakley's ejection and then giving a 'thumbs up' after the ejection. (More in subsequent post).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are among the teams who've sent an executive to the Next Sports Pro Day in Atlanta on Thursday, where Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington and others are working out. Full list of players at the workout here:

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs lose 96-83 to fall down 3-2 in the series. Cleveland will need to win two in a row and snap Boston's perfect 10-0 record at home in these playoffs in a Game 7 in order to advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have a major uphill battle in front of them heading into the 4th Q if they are to break the Celtics' perfect 9-0 home record this postseason. The Celtics are up 76-60 and while Cleveland has held Boston to just 38.1 percent from the floor, the Cavaliers aren't doing much better at 40.4 percent. The difference? Boston is shooting 40.7 percent from 3 while Cleveland is shooting 25 percent from the outside and the Cavs also have 11 turnovers while the Celtics have just eight.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs shot 25 percent from 3 in Games 1 and 2 in Boston, then shot 43.8 percent from 3 in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland and are back down to 27.3 percent from 3 (6-for-22) so far in Game 5 at TD Garden.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have eight turnovers, LeBron James has four of them (including two costly ones in the 3rd Q). He came into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals averaging 5.4 turnovers per game in the series.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs stopped the bleeding in the second quarter, but still trail 53-42 heading into halftime. LeBron James has 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting; Kevin Love has 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting' Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson combined to score 10 points in the first half off the bench. Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics with 12 points.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN's Rachel Nichols: in addition to Frank Ntilikina, new Knicks coach David Fizdale brought Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson to Game 5 of Celtics-Cavs to get a taste of a playoff atmosphere.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Disastrous 1st Q for Cleveland, as the Cavs trail 32-19. Kevin Love (10 pts) and LeBron James (8 pts) carried the offensive load. The rest of the Cavs roster to play thus far combined for 1 pt on 0-for-5 shooting. Cleveland has five turnovers, leading to six points for the Celtics. Boston is led by rookie Jayson Tatum, who has been ultra aggressive getting to the lane and has 9 pts so far.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs are in some early trouble here, falling down double digits at 27-17. Cleveland has four turnovers -- the biggest thing it wanted to avoid in Game 5 -- and Boston has just one.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love, who went 3-for-12 in Game 4, has the Cavs' first two possessions in Game 5 go through him. He goes 1-for-2.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics tweak their starting lineup for Game 5: Aron Baynes starts in place of Marcus Morris. Boston's starters: Baynes, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Iguodala is listed as questionable for Game 5. Steve Kerr said he's improving and is practicing today. He will receive treatment and will likely be a game-time decision. Klay Thompson is also practicing and will play tomorrow.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: Knicks president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry and director of scouting Kristian Petesic are at the Excel agency's Pro Day in NYC where Villanova's Mikal Bridges and other players who have signed with the agency are working out. All NBA teams likely have representation at the Excel Pro Day. But it's potentially noteworthy that Mills, Perry and Petesic were on hand to watch Bridges and other Excel players because many in the organization see Bridges as a potential option for New York, which has the ninth overall selection in the draft.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA announced on Wednesday that Dejounte Murray was named to the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Murray was the only player in the NBA under 6-6 to record at least 400 rebounds, 90 steals and 30 blocks this season. A second-year guard, Murray earned his first career selection, which makes him the third guard and ninth player in Spurs history to be named to an All-Defensive Team, joining George Johnson, Alvin Robertson, David Robinson, Dennis Rodman, Tim Duncan, Bruce Bowen, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. He averaged 5.7 rebounds, 1.20 steals and 0.38 blocks to go along with 8.1 points and 2.9 assists in 21.5 minutes.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Hart has been in the Lakers gym working on his game and he watched some of the Lakers draft workout today that included Giannis Antetokounmpo's brother, Kostas. The Dayton forward joined Duke's Gary Trent Jr., West Virginia's Jevon Carter, BYU's Elijah Bryant, Villanova's Omari Spellman and San Diego State's Trey Kell. Hart told Spellman to let Luke Walton know what Villanova products are made of.

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Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Clippers extended the contract of coach Doc Rivers, who had one year left on his deal.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Jrue Holiday will earn $100K for being named All-Defensive First Team. Holiday had earned $765K in previous bonuses and New Orleans will now have a $25.97M cap hit in 2018-19.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The All-NBA defensive teams were announced today. This won't come as a surprise but none of the Knicks received first or second-team votes from the panel of 100 media members which voted on the teams.