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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal said Scott Brooks apologized to him when the coach met with Beal and John Wall this week. Beal said Brooks challenged him to be more aggressive and apologized for Beal not shooting enough. When asked if there's an ideal amount of shots for him to have that would likely mean he's clicking, Beal thought about it and said 20 attempts.

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It's been all LeBron James for the first 2 games against the Pacers. He's scored 70 points in the first 2 games, 46 more than the next-most, 24 by Kevin Love. Then it drops back to 20 for J.R. Smith. To compare, James had 20 points in the first quarter of Game 2 alone.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

High praise from ex-Knicks great Charles Oakley for Sixers center Joel Embiid: "We haven't seen anyone like Joel Embiid since Wilt Chamberlain," Oakley wrote on Twitter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall getting shots up at the Wizards morning shootaround before pretty much their biggest game of the season.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue's biggest talking point heading into Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers was making sure the Cleveland Cavaliers guards attack with more purpose. "Just showing them on film spots where they can be aggressive attacking the basket," Lue said at shootaround Friday. "Pick-and-rolls, we got to get downhill versus their big. DHOs - dribble-handoffs - coming off and turning the corner, being aggressive getting into that paint because they're a help team and then we can kick out and we can get shots and get 3s. So, we just got to be more aggressive attacking the basket and making plays at the basket and then look for our shooters when we can."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Fear the Deer shirts for Game 3 tonight in Milwaukee.

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.


Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

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


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.