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Doolittle: Top 10 playoff role players

With the Finals nearly set and postseason MVP talk about to start, don't forget about the role players -- like DeMarre Carroll and J.R. Smith -- who excelled at making big things happen at the most opportune time or with very little usage rate. The non-superstars (Insider)

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

GSW trainer and doctor refused to speak. It's their right, but hard to give benefit of doubt when you act like you're hiding something

Ariza on Curry injury: 'It's a scary thing'

Rockets forward Trevor Ariza said after the game: "It's a scary thing, a scary situation, both players were just trying to play hard and trying to make plays for their team and unfortunately sometimes you get hurt but he's a tough kid and he came back out there and competed for his team."

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Bucks president, city close to arena deal

Bucks president Peter Feigin and Milwaukee leaders are optimistic a deal to pay for new $500M arena can be reached by Friday. The arena is part of a $1B entertainment district downtown. Without a new areaa by 2017, the NBA said it would buy back the team and relocate it.

LeBron doing it all for Cavs

LeBron James is averaging 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game this series vs. Atlanta. He would be the first player in NBA history to average at least 30-10-10 in a single playoff series.

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SportsNation: Is Delly A Dirty Player?

Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova has been involved in a series of controversial in-game incidents this postseason, leading many to question his intentions. What's your take?

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Re: Dwight elbow: I don't think he should be suspended, but the NBA should probably eject forcing the flagrant fouled dude to shoot the FTs

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Crazy Stat of Day: The Rockets became 2nd team in NBA history to win 4 straight elimination games by double digits in single postseason.

Curry not interested in watching fall

After explaining the ordeal in great detail at the postgame podium, Stephen Curry was asked if he intends to go out of his way to avoid seeing replays of his scary fall and told ESPN's Marc Stein: "I've seen it once .... and once was enough."

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LeBron has clinching history on May 26

On this date four years ago, LeBron James had 28 points and 11 rebounds as the Heat beat the Bulls 83-80 to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals. Recap

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Howard waits out storm with fans

Dwight Howard mingled, took pictures and signed autographs with hundreds of Rockets fans in the arena well into the early hours of Tuesday morning. Hangin' with Dwight

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Severe storm in Houston after Game 4

Jeff Van Gundy on the severe weather conditions and flooding in the Houston area after Game 4: "The destruction has been massive."

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Two Cavs say LeBron could best Jordan

The Michael Jordan-LeBron James debate isn't going away, as evidenced by the comments of Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith after Game 3. Vote on LeBron's place in history

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LeBron James: seeking 5th straight NBA Finals appearance; would be 9th player in NBA history - and first Non-Celtic - (Elias)

Windhorst: LeBron's on another level

Brian Windhorst says this is not the best that LeBron James has ever played, but he doesn't fear the Hawks and it's allowed him to pick up his game even more. "It's almost like seeing the game a little bit in code, like he's sort of figured it out. ... He knows how to control all the players on the court."

Harden's game was super-efficient

Last night, James Harden became just the third player over the last 30 seasons to score 45 points in a playoff game on 22 shots or fewer. Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki did so but both needed at least 24 FT attempts. Harden needed just 13 FTA vs. the Warriors.

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Wilbon 'terrified' when Curry went down

Michael Wilbon said of Stephen Curry's scary fall in Game 4: "You're terrified. He's on the floor for that period of time, the whole team's around him and you see the replay over and over of him hitting his head."

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Howard stuck in arena due to weather

Six to 10 inches of rain ravaged Houston Monday night, and fans were urged to remain in the Toyota Center until it passed. Rocket Dwight Howard was among those still in the arena until at least 2:15 a.m. CT. "Sleepy ... crazy ... but fine," Howard told reporters. "I'm enjoying myself with the fans."

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