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Summer Forecast: Who will be best out West?

The defending champs' road back to the NBA Finals won't be easy. So which Western Conference contender could dethrone the Warriors? Our Summer Forecast panel makes its picks.

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D-Wade shows no mercy in game of dodgeball (0:14)
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Wiggins' posterizing slam (0:14)
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Olynyk's nice alley-oop pass to Bennett (0:12)
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Lowe: Heat check

Pat Riley's post-LeBron rebuild project is quickly taking shape. Have the Heat now become the most intriguing team in the NBA?

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Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions

Our 17-member forecast panel puts itself in Danny Ainge's shoes: Should he offer an extension to Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller or Perry Jones III?

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Twitter beef between Green and Whiteside signals changing NBA (5:05)
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Russell starstruck of Kobe? (1:24)
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Ford: Simmons to Sixers in 2016 Mock 1.0

Philly uses its two projected top-four picks to grab Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray in Chad Ford's first 2016 mock draft.

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Uni Watch: Which cities' teams look marvelous?

Of the 20 cities with three or more major pro sports teams, which has the best-dressed batch? Uni Watch crunches the numbers to determine the best-looking sports cities. No. 1 on the list might leave you thinking, "How do you like them apples?"

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End of 3: Brazil 58, Dominican Republic 45

The DR's James Feldeine has a game-high 17 points, but Brazil's 43% field goal shooting puts them up to start the fourth quarter. Watch on WatchESPN

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge ... and Dwyane

Heat guard Dwyane Wade shows no mercy during this game of dodgeball.

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Brazil lights it up in second quarter

Brazil shot 61% from the field in the second quarter -- including 6-for-7 from inside the arc -- to score 29 points and take a 45-32 halftime lead over the Dominican Republic at FIBA Americas. Live on ESPN3

Olynyk finds Bennett for the alley-oop

Canada's Kelly Olynyk tossed up a nice to pass to Anthony Bennett, who finished with a two-handed jam at the FIBA Americas tournament, but Canada fell to Argentina.

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Brazil, D.R. tied after first quarter

Brazil has made three 3-pointers, but just 2 shots inside the arc, and is tied with the Dominican Republic 16-16 after 1 at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Live on ESPN3

Brazil vs. Dominican Republic

Both Brazil and the Dominican Republic lost their FIBA Americas opener. One team is going to fall into an 0-2 hole in group play, as they square off in Mexico tonight. Live on ESPN3

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Argentina gets fancy in win vs. Canada

Argentina's Nicholas Richotti dished a behind-the-back pass to Tayvek Gallizzi in midair against Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament. It looks even better in super slow motion.

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Final: Argentina 94, Canada 87

Luis Scola had a game-high 35 points and 13 rebounds while Nicolas Laprovittola had 20 off the bench as Argintina got the win in Mexico City. Canada's Andrew Wiggins finished with 13 points and six rebounds.

Argentina leading Canada in fourth

Andrew Wiggins has 13 points and a monster slam dunk to lead Canada, but Argentina leads 71-68 in the FIBA Americas tournament behind Luis Scola (33 points) and Nicolás Laprovíttola (16 points) Live on ESPN3

Hawks to retire Mutombo's No. 55

They can't raise a wagging finger to the rafters, so the Hawks will do the next best thing, honoring Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo by retiring his number on Nov. 24. Story

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Argentina leading Canada at halftime

Luis Scola has a game-high 15 points, giving Argentina a 46-42 lead over Canada at halftime in the FIBA Americas tournament. Former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins has 7 points for Canada. Live on ESPN3

It's Wiggins Time at FIBA Americas

Reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins is set to lead Canada into action against Argentina at the FIBA Americas tournament, as they look to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 2000. Live on ESPN3

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Panama takes over in third quarter

After trailing by 5 at halftime, Panama outscored Uruguay 21-12 in the third quarter to take a 4-point lead into the fourth at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament. Live on ESPN3

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

So, if I think the Cavs will be the best team (a defensible opinion), I'd pick them. If not, then no. I've won $0 with this method

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Times an easy path East team won it without being that year's best: 2004, 2006. It's why I'm for simply picking a guess at best team

Uruguay leading Panama at halftime

Uruguay hasn't reached the Olympics since 1984, but if off to a good start at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament, winning yesterday and leading by 5 at the break today. Live on ESPN3

Uruguay takes early lead

Despite going just 6-for-15 from the field in the first quarter, Uruguay has a 19-15 lead over Panama, as they look to open 2-0 at the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Live on ESPN3

Can Uruguay build on opener?

Coming off a win over Brazil, Uruguay looks to keep things going against Panama at FIBA Americas 2015, where only the top two teams are guaranteed a spot in the 2016 Olympics. Live on ESPN3

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Russell responds to angry Lakers fans

D'Angelo Russell sent out a Tracy McGrady-related tweet that angered part of the Lakers fan base. This weekend he responded to them, and he didn't exactly mince words. 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

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Heat are most intriguing team in 2015-16

Some exciting pieces exist, however, Grantland's Zach Lowe cautions: "There is a real chance Miami has mortgaged its future to build a 45-win team that will fade with [President] Pat Riley, leaving his successor to cobble together a new team from the rubble." Heat check

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Beast of the East?

See what the Summer Forecast panel had to say about the Celtics' chances in the East this upcoming season. Can they build on a surprise playoff appearance and a summer full of free-agent signings? 2015 Summer Forecast

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