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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.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Rudy Gobert will earn $500K for being named All-Defensive First Team. The bonus was factored in as a likely achievement towards his salary based on reaching the incentive in 2016-17. The Gobert cap hit for 2018-19 will be $23.24M.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

New York City native and Oklahoma City assistant Royal Ivey interviewed with the Knicks recently for an assistant position on David Fizdale's staff, per sources. Ivey has also received some interest from other teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, per sources. Ivey played high school basketball at Cardozo HS under legendary high coach Ron Naclerio. The Atheltic earlier reported that the Knicks were considering Ivey as a staff addition.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Another sign that suggests the Knicks are high on 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina: new head coach David Fizdale is traveling to Boston with Ntilikina to attend Game 5 of the Celtics-Cavs Eastern Conference Finals, a league source confirmed. Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Damyean Dotson, Isaiah Hicks and Troy Williams all worked out in front of Fizdale at the team facility earlier this week, which is fairly common for players staying in New York. Knicks management has been complimentary of Ntilikina in interviews recently. Ntilikina's presence will factor in to their decision to draft a point guard with the ninth overall pick. SNY.tv first reported Fizdale and Ntilikina's trip to Boston.

Fang Yuan  

How does LeBron James prepare for Game 5? By reading The Aichemist during the morning practice.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

LeBron James says when you make basketball your number one priority, the Game Gods give it back to you.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are in advanced talks with Los Angeles Clippers assistant Pat Sullivan about an assistant role on David Fizdale's staff, per ESPN sources. Sullivan has coached with the Clippers for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he'd been an assistant in Washington, Detroit and with the then New Jersey Nets. Sullivan, a New Jersey native, coached in Detroit when Knicks GM Scott Perry was an executive with the club. As a player, he was a part of three Final Four teams at North Carolina. He also was an assistant coach for three Final Four teams at UNC. The Knicks are also in serious talks with Lakers assistant Jud Buechler, per sources, and are expected to add Memphis assistant Keith Smart as a top assistant to Fizdale.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green wore a white Robert Horry throwback jersey to the Rockets' Game 2 win and a red one tonight. He's in the market for another Horry throwback — maybe the Rockets' space logo jersey — for Game 5. "I'm trying. I need it," Green said.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

How much better did Chris Paul feel pushing off his sore foot tonight? "A huge difference," he said. James Harden interrupted: "He's fine."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston rapper Trae tha Truth might be the Rockets' good luck charm. He's attended two games during the West finals — both of Houston's wins.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Chris Paul to his teammate PJ Tucker in the Rockets locker room - "What did I tell you after Game 3. If my ankle is right, I can get it done."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni says Chris Paul told him before the game, "I got my foot right." D'Antoni said Paul, who has been playing through soreness in his foot, feeling better physically was a significant factor in the Rockets' win.