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McMenamin: Cavs stay true to Finals road map

None of Cleveland's season was predictable, but all of it was necessary. That's how the Cavs became the Cavs, a team that has learned what it takes to become a champion.

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Lowe: Rebirth of the NBA post-up game

While the efficiency of the 3-pointer and the pick-and-roll have dominated NBA offenses, an old standard is making a quiet and effective comeback, Zach Lowe writes.

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Seattle arena investor: No hockey-first plan yet

The investor attempting to build a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle says his group has yet to be presented with a plan that would have a hockey franchise as the first occupant..

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Young and hungry?

Is James Young ready to fight for a rotation role in his sophomore season?

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Lakers begin pre-draft workout process

The Lakers kicked off what's expected to be a weeks-long evaluation process ahead of the June 25 NBA draft.

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Green collects double-doubles

Golden State's Draymond Green has posted 10 double-doubles in this year's postseason, 3 shy of matching Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond for the franchise record.

LeBron's series: one-of-a-kind

LeBron James finished the Cavaliers' four-game sweep of the Hawks averaging 30.3 points, 11 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game. James is the first player in NBA history to average 30-10-9 in a playoff series of any length. (via Elias)

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LeBron James: This team is 'very special'

"To know how far we've come as a group ... I think that's special in its own right."

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

In the 2014 playoffs against the NBA's best defensive team, Kyle Korver averaged 7.7 3-point attempts per game and made 42.6% of them.

Cleveland close to ending title drought?

The city of Cleveland has gone nearly 51 years since winning a major sports title, and when you consider all of their major pro teams, Cleveland franchises have completed 143 SEASONS since last claiming a league championship.

J.A. Adande @jadande

Cavs won ECF with almost no input from their 3 No. 1 overall picks from 2011-14. Makes me wonder how many #1 picks it would take to = LeBron

Adande: Warriors, Rockets primed

Houston thrives on the edge, and Golden State got a wake-up call with Stephen Curry's spill. Will it all add up to a performance worthy of the West finals? No more complacency

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LeBron: All 15 guys are on the same page

LeBron James has been preaching "sacrifice" since April. And the Cavs followed the script to get to the Finals. How Cleveland got here

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Cavs celebrate in style (with a hot tub)

After sweeping the Hawks, LeBron James, J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers hit the hot tub, took a news-conference selfie and much more as part of a jubilant postgame celebration. Cavs live it up

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Warriors looking to close out Rockets

Golden State is 15-2 all-time with a chance to close out a series at home, best in NBA history. In all, the Warriors have won 5 straight home games with a chance to clinch and haven't lost such a game since the 1976 Western Conference Finals. Game 5 is tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Cavs into Finals for second time ever

Cleveland's 30-point win Tuesday was the second-largest in history by a team completing a 4-0 sweep to reach the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers have yet to win an NBA Finals game, however, as they were swept by the Spurs in 2007 in their only appearance.

ICYMI: Blatt leaves his star hanging

It's about the only thing that went wrong for the Cavs on Tuesday night. After sharing a moment with his star player, Cavs coach David Blatt left LeBron hanging to attend to the remainder of the game.

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The Cavaliers are heading to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007 after a sweep of the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals.