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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas already on the recruiting trail: "If you don't want to play for the Celtics then you don't know basketball," said Thomas. Asked if he's friendly with free agent-to-be Kevin Durant, Thomas, a Washington native, smiled and said: "I do (know him). He played for the Sonics, so I know him a little bit."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com. Williams, 31, who could have made $5.6 million next season, plans to seek a multi-year deal that could be the final contract of his career, the sources said. There will be mutual interest in his return to Dallas after he averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season. "I would love to be back," Williams said during exit interviews this week. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams, a native of the Dallas area, needs surgery to repair the sports hernia that caused him to miss most of the Mavs' playoff surgery but should be completely healthy entering training camp.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Blazers are getting ready to close out the Clippers in Rip City tonight.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George, on if he has gotten over Game 5 yet: "Still haven't," George said after Friday's shootaround. "That one, whether we win or lose this series, is still going to be one that -- feel like we should have won that one. We should have came away from Toronto with that one."

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade reiterated today at shootaround that he's no fan of the NBA's 2-minute reports Wade was the subject of a controversial non-foul call in the final seconds of Miami's 90-88 loss to Charlotte in Game 5 on Wednesday. The Heat trail the series 3-2 and face elimination entering tonight's game. "Those last two-minute (reports), to me, are pointless," Wade said Friday. "It does nothing for us. Go through the whole game if you want to break it down, and I think it will help the refs and the league continue to grow. Be transparent the whole game ... it's a 48-minute game."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A motivated Isaiah Thomas: "I'm going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again because it really hurt me. I'm going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you I'll be back better."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas will represent the Celtics on stage at May's draft lottery. Accepted Wyc Grousbeck's invite today.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Nicolas Batum said he slept for "two, three hours -- maybe" after the birth of his first child at 1:30 this morning. "When something like that happens, you forget about everything else," he said. "I'm going to play tonight, for sure. [...] She gave me the green light to play."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony explains why he believes he's a better scorer than Steph Curry and LeBron James: "As an athlete, as a competitor, you're not going to say no," he said on The Dan Patrick Show. "I always have that mindset. When it comes to being on that court, I don't think anybody is better. That's my mindset." Most elite athletes have a similar mindset, so it shouldn't really surprise anyone that Anthony thinks this way. This mentality also explains why some retired players think their teams can beat the 2015-16 Warriors. Which is why we really shouldn't be shocked by it.

Haywood: Hawks not better than last year

Brendan Haywood feels Atlanta will have trouble getting one win against the Cavs in their upcoming series.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Clifford said that Spencer Hawes sprained the MCL in his right knee after someone "rolled under" him on a rebound in the fourth quarter of the Hornets' Game 5 win. Hawes didn't come out but was limped up the court thereafter. Clifford says he'll use the same starters in Game 6, and that Nicolas Batum, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky could all see more minutes as a result.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

I walk into Heat shootaround minutes ago and coach Erik Spoelstra notices the light blue Jordan logo shirt I'm wearing. Opening exchange of media session: Spoelstra: "Oh, what are you, a fan now?" Me: "Dude, you're wearing Jordans, too. What are we talking about?"

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk said he never felt quite right after aggravating his shoulder injury in the playoffs. "I never really felt 100 percent the whole time," said Olynyk. "I never felt 80. It's tough to deal with and tough going down that stretch of games, you want to be at your best when your best was needed." Olynyk said he'll meet with team doctors to explore best way to get his shoulder healthy, but he has no current plans for surgery.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey: "We have to treat this like it's our Game 7. It comes down to which team comes out with will and heart and does it for 48 minutes."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors F Luis Scola will be Argentina's official flag bearer at the Olympics. He found out via Twitter.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George knows what's on the line tonight. Before he even starts talking to the media he says: "It's a must win. It's a must win."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raptors have a chance to win their first playoff series in 15 years tonight. "You have to stay mellow and calm but it's a big opportunity," DeMar DeRozan said.