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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich just said there won't be "any magic tricks" in this series considering all the familiarity between San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Pop said neither team "is trying to re-invent the wheel" and that this game will come down to all the basketball things that secure wins: execution, not turning over the ball, etc.

Thunder dance party raves into playoffs

Before Game 1 vs. the Spurs, take a peek at some of OKC's best pregame dance routines.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

This big 7-3 fella Boban Marjanovich could be a key figure in helping San Antonio combat OKC's superior rebounding.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee both on the alternate list for the NBA combine, a source close to the Kentucky program told ESPN.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Stefan Moody's agent, Jason Elam, told ESPN that his client has had interest from 6 NFL teams. Intrigued, but Moody wants to play in NBA.

Walton: Surprised it went down that fast

Luke Walton was also pleased at how quickly he was named the next Lakers head coach because he did not want it to be a distraction to the Warriors.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say that one of the factors that ramped up the tension between the teams stems from Miami complaints to the highest levels of the league office after Game 4 about what the Heat deemed to be favorable officiating for Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Switching to the East ... have to look forward to Game 7 in the Miami/Charlotte series given that these teams clearly don't like each other.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

The Miami Heat are currently listing rookie guard Josh Richardson as questionable with a strained left shoulder for Game 7 Sunday against Charlotte. Richardson suffered the injury in the final seconds of the Heat's Game 6 win in Charlotte on Friday. Richardson, who is averaging 7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2 assists in 30 minutes during the series, had the shoulder immobilized in ice and a thick bandage immediately after the game. "I really hope I can go; it's Game 7," Richardson told late Friday night. "It's just really sore right now, but I'm going to do everything I can."

How Warriors might replace Walton

Golden State has a stable of young assistants waiting to take the next step in their development under Steve Kerr. Future head coaches

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Golden State insists bench hires won't be looked at until season's end. Is Blatt willing to be an assistant before his next head-coach shot?

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Former Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins told ESPN he was invited to the NBA combine. Played well at Portsmouth camp earlier this month.

Kerr all smiles recounting friendship with Walton

Luke Walton called Steve Kerr "with good news and bad news" to tell him about the Lakers job.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In June 2014, Blatt had no NBA head-coaching experience and neither did Steve Kerr. A partnership made more sense then ... for both sides.

Curry hopeful to return before target date

Steph Curry tells reporters he's optimistic he will be able to return to the Warriors before the two-week timetable he was given after spraining his MCL.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Sources caution, though, that David Blatt isn't as certain a target now for Golden State despite how close he came to landing there in 2014.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In-house promotions loom, too, depending on who else goes to L.A., but the Warriors have now lost Alvin Gentry and Luke Walton in succession