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The ESPN Daily: A first for the Blues

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THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

What a brutal series said about the Raptors ... Toronto was in big trouble in the Eastern Conference semifinals, trailing Philadelphia two games to one. Unsurprisingly for a team centered around Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors kept their composure and ended up prevailing. Now, with a Game 6 on the road and the spectre of a Game 7 looming, here's how their previous experiences forecast how will they handle the pressure. Read More

Kevin Durant is not alone ... His injury in Game 5 might have changed the outcome of the NBA Finals and the course of his career, but Kevin Durant can take some solace knowing that it's not the first time a star has been injured on their sport's biggest stage. Here's how other stars dealt with their misfortune ... and how their teams reacted. Read More

Lindsay Gottlieb makes history ... Lindsay Gottlieb is making the move from head women's basketball coach at Cal to an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. She won't be the first female assistant coach in the NBA, but she is the first to ever be hired directly from college. Read More


THE CUP COMES TO ST. LOUIS

Stanley Cup Blues ... After seven extremely hard-fought games, the St. Louis Blues are your 2019 Stanley Cup champions. It's the first title in the Blues' 52-year history, but could their wait for the next one be significantly shorter? On ESPN+, we examine the path for St. Louis to bring it all back home again next season. Read More

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Kerr addresses handling of KD situation

Steve Kerr says in hindsight he wouldn't have played Kevin Durant in Game 5, though Durant was medically cleared.

Way-too-early NHL Power Rankings ... We say that it's never too early to rank the best teams for next season. Here's where the Blues and Bruins, and 29 other teams, rank in our experts' estimation. Spoiler: Neither Cup finalist is No. 1. Read More


THINGS TO WATCH

Kobe's Detail on Pascal Siakam ... Raptors forward Pascal Siakam was not particularly effective in Game 5. For Toronto to close out the Warriors, he'll likely have to make some changes to his game. In the latest episode of Detail on ESPN+, Kobe Bryant has some suggestions for him. Watch


OVERHEARD

"I think it's disrespectful if we don't show up and give our best and play our game for 90 minutes. It's disrespectful to the Thai team. And I believe they wanted us to play them straight up."
-- Alex Morgan on Team USA's 13-0 win over Thailand. Read more


REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1997, Michael Jordan passed the ball to Steve Kerr, who hit a series-winning shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to lift the Bulls over the Jazz. Watch


WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?

Tigers at Royals (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): A series of injuries have robbed Miguel Cabrera of his once-terrifying power, but his batting eye remains intact. Despite being in a decline, he's still leading the Tigers in both batting average and on-base percentage.

Hoop Streams Game 6 preview (8 p.m. ET, ESPN App/Twitter/YouTube): The Hoop Streams crew has your essential guide to Game 6 -- live updates, expert insights, and some last-minute predictions before tip-off.

Raptors at Warriors (9 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN App): The Warriors won Game 5 by the smallest possible margin, and they'll need to summon all of their considerable powers to pull off another win in Game 6, especially since they'll be without Kevin Durant again. Still, it's probably best not to count the NBA's model franchise out until the final whistle sounds.