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Avery Bradley (right) after hitting the game-winning three-pointer.

CLEVELAND -- Of LeBron James' many attributes, one that was easily taken for granted over the past seven or so years is the perception that he is immune to having bad playoff games.

He had one Sunday night, a dud that opened the door for the Boston Celtics to score the most improbable victory of the playoffs to this point. Boston completed a 21-point comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers by winning 111-108 on a 3-pointer by Avery Bradley with 0.1 seconds left and to pull the suddenly interesting Eastern Conference Finals to 2-1.

James had just 11 points, of which only three came in the second half as he went 1-of-9 shooting and had an unusual vanishing act when his team needed him.

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San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon.

SAN ANTONIO -- Late in the fourth quarter of Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, it appeared Spurs big man Dewayne Dedmon got away with a dangerous moving screen on Stephen Curry.

ESPN approached Curry and acting head coach Mike Brown on the topic after practice on Sunday.

"I know he's not a dirty player. I'm not going to try to mess up his reputation, but I feel like that was a dirty play," Curry responded to ESPN. "Luckily no one was hurt."

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Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia.

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia said that social media threats against his family have led to extra security precautions at his children's school and that San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's recent comments played a "very big part" in the disruption.

The rage against Pachulia stems from his role in Kawhi Leonard's injury. The Spurs forward landed on the foot of Pachulia after a 3-point attempt in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Leonard injured his ankle on the play and has not played since.

Following the game, Popovich called out Pachulia for his "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike" play against Leonard. When asked about the notion that Pachulia's play was unintentional, Popovich added: "Who gives a damn what his intent was? Have you ever heard of manslaughter?"

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 Ginebra's Justin Brownlee attempts a lay-up against San Miguel. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee will forever live in Barangay Ginebra lore for his championship-winning three-pointer in last season's PBA Governors' Cup Finals, and since then, he's proven to be an excellent crunch time option for the Gin Kings.

But against Rain or Shine last Friday, Brownlee was uncharacteristically shaky in the clutch, giving up a steal to Jericho Cruz that pushed the Elasto Painters ahead, 114-111, and then hoisting up an ill-advised shot just a possession later.

Ginebra lost 118-112, and despite his 38-point output, Brownlee was hard on himself after his performance.

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Spurs expect David Lee (knee) to miss Game 4 vs. Warriors (May 22, 2017)
Michael C. Wright [ Source: ESPN ]

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SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs center David Lee is expected to miss Game 4 of the Western Conference finals because of a knee injury, coach Gregg Popovich said Sunday.

An MRI confirmed that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon, his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. He will be re-evaluated in a few days to determine whether surgery is needed, Bartelstein said.

Lee suffered the injury during the Spurs' Game 3 loss to the Warriors. Popovich said earlier Sunday, however, that he didn't think the injury was as serious as first believed.

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On the brink of elimination, the San Antonio Spurs will likely have to play Game 4 of the Western Conference finals without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, coach Gregg Popovich said.

Popovich told reporters that Leonard is "likely out" Monday with his injured left ankle suffered in the series opener.

Leonard has not played the past two games after he aggravated the injury by landing on the foot of the Warriors' Zaza Pachulia following a jump shot.

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Ross laments technical, but doubts it cost SMB the game (May 22, 2017)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 San Miguel point guard Chris Ross. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel point guard Chris Ross was disappointed to have been called for a technical foul during a crucial juncture of their PBA Commissioner's Cup game against Barangay Ginebra, but stopped short of saying that it cost the Beermen the victory.

San Miguel trailed by as much as 20 points to a fired-up Ginebra squad on Sunday, but managed to get the deficit down to three points, 90-93, with still over two minutes left to play in the game.

A jumper by Ginebra import Justin Brownlee pushed the lead back to five, and San Miguel committed a turnover in their next possession, allowing Ginebra to push the ball in transition. Brownlee went up for the lay-up, with Ross contesting his attempt. The SMB veteran felt that Brownlee warded him off, but instead Ross was whistled for a foul.

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Romanian minister defends keeping Enes Kanter at airport (May 22, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

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BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romania's foreign minister says his country had no choice in detaining Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter in the capital's airport.

Teodor Melescanu said Romania could not "proceed otherwise" in comments made to news.ro. He declined to comment further.

Kanter, who is Turkish, was detained at Henri Coanda Airport on Saturday before departing to the United States via London. He said in a video Saturday on his Twitter account that the Turkish embassy canceled his passport and that he had been detained for several hours at a Romanian airport.

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The Atlanta Hawks are scheduled to interview former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups next week for their general manager opening, league sources told ESPN.

The interview is expected to occur Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources say, and it is believed the organization isn't looking to drag out the hiring process.

ESPN's Marc Stein previously reported the Hawks have already interviewed Washington Wizards vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk.

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Vanguardia wants consistency from Fuel Masters (May 22, 2017)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said his team blew a golden opportunity to climb up the standings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after a narrow loss to Mahindra in overtime at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Fuel Masters had a chance to contend for the sixth seed had they won, but instead, they slipped to eighth.

“We threw away a chance for the sixth position, and going into the next game we can’t throw that chance again if we want to stay at eighth,” said Vanguardia as his team slid to a 4-6 record following a 122-121 setback.

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