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The Ten: How the Cavs got to the NBA Finals

LeBron's homecoming started off rocky, and the adversity never let up. Here's a look back at 10 defining moments in Cleveland's journey to the Finals.

LeBron no favorite in these Finals (1:23)
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Blockbuster trade ideas for Clippers

Publicly, the Clippers don't have any plans to detonate the Big Three. But if they did, here are some trade options.

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So, how did BPI do with its projections?

Some of the rating system's projections prompted considerable discussion; we take a look at how things turned out


Klay Thompson ready for Game 1

Warriors SG Klay Thompson has been cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals after completing the league's concussion protocol, the team announced Tuesday. Story


Hoiberg: 'I absolutely love this roster'

New Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says the versatility of Chicago's veterans will allow him to play with pace next season.


New year, new Cavaliers team

Since Jan. 1, the Cavs have been a completely different team. On Dec. 31, Cleveland was 18-14, but went 35-15 the rest of the season. One key was the team's point differential, which was 3rd in the NBA after Jan. 1.

Karl-Anthony Towns a hot commodity

Chad Ford: "Big men can't do things Towns can do. They're not supposed to. It's not natural. Yet, for 90 minutes, Towns keeps playing more like James Harden than Dwight Howard … What if Howard could shoot, dribble and move the way Harden does? You watch [Towns] over and over again and it feels like someone has tampered with reality." Towns is No. 1 (Insider)

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Hearing strong rumbles in league coaching circles that Thunder in serious talks with former Pels coach Monty Williams to bring him on staff

Road to the Finals: Cavs' playoff journey

Two sweeps and a battle against the Bulls -- and when the dust cleared, the Cleveland Cavaliers had claimed a spot in the NBA Finals.


Maps: Florida is totally over LeBron

LeBron James might have brought Miami two championships, but recent SportsNation poll results show the Sunshine State isn't exactly in the King's corner anymore. LeSnub?

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Hoiberg will definitely be a breath of fresh air for the Bulls and fans will love his up-tempo offense. Players will enjoy playing for him.

NBA seeking college coaches again

Fred Hoiberg joins Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens as recent NBA coaching hires from the college ranks, after years of spotty results. Is this the start of a new trend? Making the jump

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Riley Curry is way up and feels blessed

Stephen Curry's daughter, Riley, made her podium appearance at the Western Conference finals and stole the show -- and hearts of fans everywhere.


LeBron no favorite in these Finals

The Warriors are the team that won 67 times this year. One rating put them as the best non-Michael Jordan team ever. LeBron James and the Cavs have their work cut out for them.


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Warriors: 46-3 at home. 5 of the 6 teams with better single-season home win percentage than Warriors went on to win the title (1949-50 Nats)

Steph Curry status report

ESPN's Marc Stein caught up with Stephen Curry to see how the star shooter was doing during the layoff: "I'm feeling good. If there's one benefit of seven days off, it's everybody get healthy."


Curry with shot to knock LeBron down

Steph Curry is on pace to be the first player to achieve a +1,000 plus-minus for a season since the NBA began tracking the stat. The previous "record"-holder: LeBron James from '08-09.


What can 'Splash Fathers' do for you?

Things are a little different for the sons of NBA players. Says Klay Thompson's dad, Mychal: "Not only could they talk to us, but Steph and Klay could talk to the best of the best, the greatest there ever was. A Jordan. A Kobe. A Magic Johnson. ... That's as good as it gets right there.'' Father knows best

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THIS JUST IN: Klay Thompson, who was diagnosed with concussion, has been cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals.

Klay Thompson's made a splash

His health is crucial because he's helped elevate Golden State's offense from good to great in the playoffs.