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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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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.

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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.

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The power of the 3-pointer

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

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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.

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Celtics to play preseason game in Italy

The game will take place on Oct. 6 against 3-time Euroleague champs Olimpia Milano as part of the NBA Global Games Europe 2015. It will be Boston's 7th game in Europe overall. Said Celtics exec Danny Ainge: "I have particularly fond memories of playing in Europe almost 30 years ago, and I am sure our current players will relish this unique opportunity."

Meet Cleveland's James Jones

His postseason stats may not wow you, and his resume may underwhelm you, but Jones' jump shot and undisputed leadership have him in his fifth straight Finals. "It's a ride that becomes addicting," he said.

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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.

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dwyanewade @dwyanewade

Good morning... We've been granted "ONE" life. #LiveIt & smile until your face hurts. #AllergictoNo

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

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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