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Experts' picks: NBA Finals

Only five of our experts picked Cleveland to win it all, but take heart, Cavs' fans: At least none of them think Golden State will pull off the sweep. See predictions

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Shelburne: Warriors' staff keeps it light

"You get the sense they could go on like this for hours, trading one-liners and finding the lighter side of things. Somehow, in his first year as a head coach, [Steve] Kerr has managed to construct a coaching staff and an environment that's just about the most fun anyone involved has ever been around." Fast, loose, disciplined

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Cavs can defend the 3; key for Finals

Tim Legler shows how well the Cavaliers defended against the Hawks outside the arc but explains that the 3-happy Warriors are a different animal.


Allen Iverson ... Notre Dame QB?

It could have happened, Gary Moore, Iverson's longtime manager, told Bleacher Report. "That was our dream. We watched the Fighting Irish on TV every Saturday. ... He was never supposed to be in the NBA. We were focused on the NFL. He should be in Canton as we speak."

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Silver: Trying to be realistic on gambling

NBA commissioner Adam Silver: “If it’s going to happen, to protect the integrity of the league, there needs to be more transparency ... I don’t want to hide from the business element. … If it’s going to happen anyway it might as well be regulated, it should be taxed, regulated, controlled.” (via The Herd)

No exit for D-Will, Nets

Asked if the Nets would buy out or use the stretch provision on the final two seasons of point guard Deron Williams' contract, GM Billy King responded, "No." Owed $43.3M

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ESPN reporter takes on James Jones

Dave McMenamin has this appreciation of the Cavs' forward, punctuated by a 3-point shooting contest. It doesn't go well. "Don’t worry about it. You tried,” said Jones, whose team has reached the Finals 5 years in a row.


Haberstroh: It's all about the 3-ball

Sorry, Phil. Here's why the 3-pointer is the "special sauce" of great NBA offenses.


Legs: Can the Cavs corner Curry?

"You're talking about the best shooter in the game coming off downscreens." Good luck with that.


David Lee IG @dlee042

The new jerseys have arrived! One day left before we get started! #GSW #StrengthinNumbers #Finals

Legs: How to slow down LeBron

What can the Warriors do? Force him to go right.


LeBron taking a dip from three

Although it isn't affecting his overall production for the Cavs, LeBron James has not been money on 3-pointers so far this postseason.

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

LeBron has played in 172 playoff games. Warriors starting 5 has played in a total of 168. LeBron: 5th straight Finals. Big advantage, LBJ

Larry Bird on the emergence of the 3

Says the Celtics legend: "I never even practiced 3-pointers. We might have thrown up only a couple of them. The only time I practiced them was right before the 3-point contest in 1988. Danny [Ainge] would get the rack out and we'd rebound and throw the ball back out and shoot some 3s. But we didn't fire up 100 3s after every practice." What Pop thinks

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Billy King says he doesn't expect next year's roster to be drastically different, hopes to add pieces to what they already have #Nets

Looking back: MJ's Shrug Game

On this date in 1992, Michael Jordan knocked down his sixth 3 in a half over Portland in the Finals -- and simply shrugged. Yeah, he knew he was good.


Michelle Beadle channels MJ

On the anniversary of MJ's famous I-just-can't-believe-how-amazing-I-am shrug in the Finals, we had our very own Beadle recreate his classic playoff images last year. It's so good, we brought it back. The Shot, The Flu Game, etc.


The power of the 3-pointer

Tom Haberstroh calls the 3-pointer the "special sauce" to a great NBA offense.


Can Curry collect all the hardware?

A championship would put Steph Curry in a rare group of players who won their first MVP award and first NBA title in the same season.

On this date in 1992 ...

"Here's Jordan, for 3 ... Yes! Did you see that look? Michael indicating he can't believe it!"

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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.