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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery will be held two weeks from today in New York City. For the third straight year, Los Angeles Lakers spokesman John Black says that he will represent the team in the drawing room, where 14 pingpong balls will decide the lottery's order, but Black adds that no decision has yet been finalized about who will represent the team on stage for the nationally-televised announcement of the lottery order, as ex-Lakers coach Byron Scott did last year. This year, the Lakers have a 55.8 percent chance of keeping their top-three protected first-round pick, which falls to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside the first three slots.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Varejao says his takedown of Gerald Henderson was accidental

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

J.R. Smith's flagrant-1 foul call from Game 1 of the CLE-ATL series for hitting Paul Millsap in the face with a elbow stands, per the NBA.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Dellavedova on Ty Lue as a coach: "I don't think I've ever really seen him lose his cool. I mean, he'll get on guys and things like that. He's very even-keeled and keeps his composure and I think as a team you can feel that and he's been doing a really good job."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Today is Tyronn Lue's 39th birthday. The Cavs blasted Stevie Wonder's "Happy birthday" over the speaker system in the gym to honor him.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue on LeBron attempting just one free throw in Game 1 vs. ATL: "He attacked and he got hit a few times. He didn't get the call, but we can't harbor on that, we just got to continue to play, continue to be aggressive and continue to attack and I think he'll get those calls."

The Could-Have-Beens

ESPN presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more. Unfulfilled potential


Thunder win on bizarre final sequence

Dion Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili while trying to inbound the ball, then the Thunder turned it over, but the Spurs were unable to score on the ensuing possession and lost Game 2 by a point.


J.A. Adande @jadande

If NBA refs are going to ignore fouls at the end of games they should ignore when teams try to Hack-a- too