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History doesn't repeat for Smith

History tells us we won't see J.R. Smith be hot from long range in Game 2 tonight. Including the playoffs, Smith has four games this season when he's made at least eight 3-pointers. In the following games, he's a combined 5-for-21 from beyond the arc.

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Road rules: LeBron James

Brian Windhorst writes: "With the Cavs' win at Philips Arena this week, James' teams have now won a road game in 21 consecutive series. That streak, which covers victories in 12 opposing arenas and five seasons, is second all-time to Jordan’s incredible run of 24 consecutive series with a road win." LBJ's road warrior ways

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Lakers GM on Kobe playing beyond 2015-16 season: "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be."

Kobe's final season with Lakers?

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says he hasn't had discussions with Kobe Bryant about playing with L.A. beyond this season, which is the last on his contract. Bryant will be 37 when the season begins and played just 35 games last season. Kobe's uncertain future


Thibodeau's tumultuous times

Tom Thibodeau may not be back with the Bulls despite five very successful seasons as head coach. Nick Friedell looks at how and when things may have gone wrong. Thibodeau timeline

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SportsCenter Not Top 10

Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.


Kupchak: Lakers will use No. 2 pick

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told Colin Cowherd: "Clearly, at the top of the draft at this time, there are two bigs, and we have the second pick." Who the Lakers take depends on who is available, likely either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.

Kyrie questionable for Game 2

Dave McMenamin says while Kyrie Irving has yet to miss a game in the playoffs with a knee injury, the Cavaliers are making plans to play Game 2 against the Hawks without their star point guard.


Warriors one of the best ever

One simple rating system ranks this year's Warriors team as the 4th-best in NBA history. There's a familiar face at the top of the list. 538: Jordan's Bulls dominate

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Chad Ford: Kaminsky impressed in workouts

“People talk about D'Angelo Russell and Devin Booker as the best shooters in the draft. But Kaminsky is right there with them -- if not past them. It just so happens that he stands 7-feet tall.” Workout reports (Insider)

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Should DeMarre Carroll play on bad knee?

Brian Windhorst said the Hawks forward shouldn't risk further injury in Game 2 while on the verge of a big contract: "Now he’s in a situation where his knee is weakened ... and I just don’t know if it’s responsible for him and his family to try to go in this situation." (via Mike & Mike)

Kyrie Irving questionable tonight

The Cavs guard won't take part in the team's shootaround this morning in order to undergo additional evaluation. After continuing his treatment following Wednesday's game, symptoms related to his left knee tendinitis had not diminished.

Steph Curry so good, dad couldn't watch

Dell Curry told SI about the time his son dropped 63 points in a middle school game: "All these people were coming in to see what was going on, and there was so much commotion, it seemed like he was never going to stop. ... I had to get out of there. I felt bad for the other team. I couldn't watch what he was doing to those kids."

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Harden's great game wasn't enough

Stephen Curry was great last night -- and he was outplayed by James Harden. To get to the NBA Finals, the Rockets now must beat the Warriors four times in five games -- something that hasn't been done vs. Golden State all season.

How the Hawks can handle J.R. Smith

Kevin Arnovitz told SportsCenter that Atlanta's defense did its job; it wasn't their fault Smith made his shots: "They're unlikely to switch up their strategy, they just have to hope for a better outcome."


Sport Science: Steph Curry's shot

The Warriors star has one of the quickest releases Sport Science has analyzed -- ever.


LeBron James: Road warrior

LeBron James' teams have won a road game in 21 straight series, second only to Michael Jordan (24). “I like playing on the road more than home ... To be able to silence the road crowd is the ultimate for me.” Road sweet road

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