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Warriors aim to put Spurs away in Game 4

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San Antonio's sense of humor was still there Sunday.

Gregg Popovich predicted that Golden State stayed out way late after winning Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, celebrating with burgers and sundaes before spending Sunday playing poker. Manu Ginobili, amid plenty of questions about whether his career is ending, said the Spurs planned to lose the first three games of this series simply to make their comeback look more impressive.

The laughs seemed helpful.

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Threatened Kanter wants to be US citizen

Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter said Monday he routinely received death threats for criticizing the government of his native Turkey, and he may seek an expedited process toward becoming a U.S. citizen.

Kanter was detained at an airport in Romania over the weekend, with border police there saying they did so because Turkish authorities canceled his passport. Kanter eventually was allowed to leave for London and then New York, after he said officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and others intervened on his behalf.

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LeBron, Cavs try to shake 'weird' loss

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile.

Just as he did in Game 3.

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Duncan's visit provides laughs for Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) There was a mad scramble at the Spurs practice during the Western Conference finals, a flurry of activity to position cameras and get recording devices ready to document essentially what was the sighting of a white whale.

Tim Duncan, the NBA's most reclusive star, had apparently accepted a request to speak publicly for the first time since quietly retiring in the offseason.

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James has words with fan after Cavs lose

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James' frustrating night kept going after one of the worst playoff games of his splendid career.

James exchanged words with a fan late Sunday night after the Boston Celtics stormed back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter and shocked the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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LeBron wins NBA citizenship award

CLEVELAND (AP) Snubbed in the MVP voting, LeBron James received an award maybe more significant.

James is this year's recipient of the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award given annually by the Pro Basketball Writers' Association for "outstanding service and dedication to the community."

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Westbrook, Harden, Leonard MVP finalists

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James will have to settle for trying to win another NBA title. He isn't even a finalist for the MVP award.

Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the three players in the running for the league's top individual honor.

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All-NBA: LeBron, Harden, Russ, Kawhi, AD

NEW YORK (AP) - For Cleveland's LeBron James, there was history.

For Houston's James Harden, there was affirmation.

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George, Hayward denied chance at $200M

NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook headlined the All-NBA first team announced Thursday, but perhaps an even more significant story was who didn't make the third team.

For Indiana's Paul George and Utah's Gordon Hayward, a chance at signing contracts exceeding $200 million this summer is gone.

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Ailing Spurs need Aldridge to take over

In the summer of 2015, the San Antonio Spurs went shopping like they never have before.

Long content to spend big money on their core while using free agency to sprinkle role players around them, the Spurs lavished a max contract on LaMarcus Aldridge, a four-time All-Star from Portland who would join Kawhi Leonard as one of the focal points of the franchise after Tim Duncan retired.

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