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  • Chris Bosh on the Heat bench. (Getty Images)Chris Bosh on the Heat bench. (Getty Images)A new report out of Miami details just how desperate Miami Heat All-Star big man Chris Bosh was to play down the stretch of the 2015-16 season, despite working on medication provided to help save him from his life-threatening blood clots.

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    Bosh, who has been forced to sit out each of the last two seasons from February onward, reportedly wanted to time his blood thinner medication intake in a way that would allow him to still play evening games.

    The Heat center, who last played on February 9, reportedly had comeback after comeback attempt thwarted by Miami brass, who remain fearful for his health.

    From Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald:

    According to a team source, the Bosh camp spent considerable time exploring the idea of Bosh continuing to take those blood thinners, but at a time of day (such as early morning) that the medication would be out of his bloodstream by game time.

    Someone with knowledge of the

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  • Behind Klay Thompson's unstoppable shooting, the Warriors forced a Game 7. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Behind Klay Thompson's unstoppable shooting, the Warriors forced a Game 7. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Throughout the Western Conference finals, as you watched the Oklahoma City Thunder push, and press, and suffocate the Golden State Warriors with their superior length and athleticism, you might have found yourself wondering what exactly the Warriors had to do to get back to being the Warriors — what adjustments they could make to turn the tide in a series that seemed to be running away from them with the speed of a Russell Westbrook fast break. At some point in your search, you might have settled on a particularly elegant solution: either Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson will have to go absolutely berserk, and man, it'd sure help Golden State if both of them did.

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    It didn't feel much like analysis, but, well, there it was ... and on a scintillating Saturday night in Oklahoma City, well, there it was.

    Thompson scored a career playoff-high 41 points, going 11-for-18 from long range to set a new NBA record for most

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  • Draymond Green became Public Enemy No. 1 in Oklahoma after delivering a swift kick to the nether-regions of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during Game 3 of the 2016 Western Conference finals, an act that many felt merited a suspension for the Golden State Warriors forward, but one that the NBA declined to punish by sitting Green down for a game. While plenty of Thunder fans were enraged by what they perceived as a serious injustice, Adams just laid in wait ... until the second quarter of Game 6, when it was time for him to seek vengeance:

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    It's like my grandfather always said: Revenge is a dish best served directly on top of your enemy's skull in a potential closeout playoff game. Bra-freakin'-vo, Steven Adams. You've sent little Stache 'Bros everywhere

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  • Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry are set to lock horns again. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry are set to lock horns again. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    The Golden State Warriors survived on Thursday, holding off a late Oklahoma City Thunder charge to earn a 120-111 win in Game 5 of the 2016 Western Conference finals behind strong play from several contributors, headlined by the 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals produced by back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry. The win cut OKC's lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2, and showed the Warriors were capable of bouncing back after the Thunder absolutely ran them off the floor in Games 3 and 4 to draw within one win of an NBA Finals berth.

    And yet, while Curry and company did what was necessary to stave off elimination, they're not out of the woods yet. To even the series at three games apiece and earn the opportunity to compete in a winner-take-all Game 7 back in the friendly confines of Oracle Arena on Monday night, they'll have to topple the Thunder in the anything-but-friendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena — where Oklahoma City just throttled

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  • LeBron James dominated Game 6 to make his sixth-straight NBA Finals. (Mark Blinch/Getty Images)LeBron James dominated Game 6 to make his sixth-straight NBA Finals. (Mark Blinch/Getty Images)It took a little longer than most expected, but the Cleveland Cavaliers have clinched their second-straight trip to the NBA Finals. The Cavs beat the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, reversing unexpected road losses in Games 3 and 4 to go along with three blowout wins in Cleveland. The Cavaliers await either the Golden State Warriors or Oklahoma City Thunder and will attempt to claim the first championship in franchise history and first major title for Cleveland since 1964 when the finals begin on Thursday.

    Not surprisingly, LeBron James was the star of the night for the Cavaliers. The franchise icon scored 33 points (13-of-22 FG, 3-of-6 3FG), grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out six assists, and blocked three shots in a commanding performance, ensuring that his team would not have to return home for a Game 7 on Sunday. LeBron had not scored 30 points in 13 prior games this postseason, the longest such drought to open a playoffs in his

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  • Jahlil Okafor could be the odd center out in Philly. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Jahlil Okafor could be the odd center out in Philly. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)The end of "The Process" for the Philadelphia 76ers was always sure to claim several victims beyond its leader, ex-general manager Sam Hinkie. The new regime headed by Bryan Colangelo plans to win sooner rather than later, and that will mean selling off current and future considerations for new players. Indefinite future draft picks do not have livelihoods to change, but the players now on the roster do.

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    It appears that Colangelo could start to rebuild the team by trading away one of its highest-potential players. According to a report from Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com, centers Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are on the trading block in an attempt to bring in backcourt help or another top draft pick:

    The Philadelphia 76ers will explore trading Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel in the buildup to the NBA draft on June 23, according to league sources.
    Sources told ESPN that the Sixers are determined to gauge the
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  • When you're the unanimous MVP and the greatest shooter in history, everything about your game gets glorified, which is probably why Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry picked up three First Team All-Defensive votes, even though backcourt mate Klay Thompson generally draws the tougher guard.

    And when Curry came up with a clutch steal against Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant that all but iced a 120-111 victory in the waning moments of Game 5, Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook were asked by ESPN reporter Michelle Steele whether the NBA's steals leader was "underrated as a defender."

    The question was a good one, because it drew a glorious response from both Westbrook and Durant.

    Westbrook simply giggled, if only because complimenting opposing players isn't really his thing, although he did offer this assessment of Curry before Game 1: "He's a shooter. He's nothing I haven't seen."

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  • The Oklahoma City Thunder's stunning blowout wins in Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals inspired a number of questions about the record-setting Golden State Warriors. Was unanimous MVP Stephen Curry too hurt to make a big impact? Did their 73-win regular season obscure problems against more athletic, taller teams? And would Monday's Game 5 at Oracle Arena serve as the extremely disappointing final chapter to a season that until recently looked set to become one of the greatest in NBA history?

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    The Warriors are still down in this series and face a tremendous challenge to advance to the NBA Finals, but Game 5 at least proved that they're not going to go out without a serious fight. The result of this very intense, high-level contest hanged in the balance for virtually the entire way, but Golden State persevered through another tremendous defensive effort from

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  • Andre Roberson's been cashing in on easy chances under the rim. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Andre Roberson's been cashing in on easy chances under the rim. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    When the Oklahoma City Thunder went to the 2012 NBA finals, they seemed to have everything. Youth, talent and athleticism; a dominant scoring forward; the game's explosive point guard; an emerging interior defensive menace; and a reserve wing playmaker who, when deployed alongside the first two, made them nearly indefensible.

    Then they lost in the finals, as young teams do. Then the realities of roster management and fear of a cap-strapped future in luxury-tax hell set in. Then James Harden got traded, and ever since, Oklahoma City has had a hole on the wing that it's never quite been able to fill.

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    Thabo Sefolosha, though very good at what he did, he couldn't fill it. Neither could Kevin Martin. Nor could Jeremy Lamb or Perry Jones. Reggie Jackson came closest, but that fit never really fit, and it ended in a beef that's still broiling.

    Derek Fisher, DeAndre Liggins, Caron Butler, Anthony Morrow ... Sam Presti

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  • Stephen Curry and LeBron James team it up. (Getty Images)Stephen Curry and LeBron James team it up. (Getty Images)Golden State guard Stephen Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, will headline the NBA’s 2015-16 All-NBA Team.

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    The reigning two-time NBA MVP, in yet another unanimous vote, and the two-time NBA champion join Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard at their respective guard and forward slots, alongside the lone surprise in the starting five: Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.

    Warrior Draymond Green received the most first-place votes of anyone on the Second Team, he stands with current combatant Kevin Durant at the forward position next to Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Clipper guard Chris Paul and Portland Trail Blazer franchise player Damian Lillard man the Second Team backcourt.

    Detroit center Andre Drummond took in 13 first-place votes, most on the Third Team, and San Antonio Spurs power forward and fellow Third

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