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Seven NBA rookies who surprised us most

When rookies exceed expectations, it gets our attention. Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton look at seven surprises from the rookie class, including one making a difference for a contender.

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Warriors celebrate NBA title at White House

A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball.

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Kevin Pelton

Pelton: Ranking 40 greatest NBA players ever

Where do Michael Jordan and LeBron James finish in Kevin Pelton's all-time top 40? Our NBA Insider takes a statistical look at the greatest players ever to hit the court.

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Curry, Durant to GSW, Dwight's future

Jorge Sedano, Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan discuss another monster game for Stephen Curry, if it's too early to consider him an all-time great, the possibility of Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, Dwight Howard's future and more.

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Strauss: Stephen Curry takes capital by storm

Stephen Curry's 25 first-quarter points brought the D.C. crowd to its feet, cheering as though their guy had hit a buzzer beater for the home team, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

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Stephen Curry: No longer slumping

Curry entered Wednesday with 50 points in his previous three games. He had more than that and put on an entertaining show against the Wizards.

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1dGreg Rosenstein

LeBron drops to No. 9 in fantasy re-draft

LeBron James drops to No. 9 as ESPN.com's fantasy basketball experts re-draft players at the midpoint of the NBA season. Who else saw a major drop? And who rose up the charts?

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3dKevin Pelton

Isiah underrated among all-time greats?

Magic Johnson and other NBA legends said #NBArank had Isiah Thomas too low. Are they right? Kevin Pelton examines if the Hall of Fame point guard is really underrated or overrated.

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Hawks know how to share the ball

Atlanta has 14 assists on 16 field goals. That unselfishness has translated into a 38-36 lead in the second quarter over Indiana. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Wizards cast 'score', cuts 76ers HP by half

Things are going great for the home team in Washington as the Wizards have doubled up the Sixers 38-18 after one. John Wall and Bradley Beal would've been enough by themselves, combining for 20 first-quarter points. Follow live

Clippers power to lead over Magic

Los Angeles holds the top three scorers in the game through one quarter with Chris Paul (9 points), Paul Pierce (7 points) and J.J. Redick (6 points) as Orlando trails 28-20. Follow live

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets lead the Heat 31-25 after the first quarter. Miami's defense struggled with Charlotte's interchangeable wings Nic Batum, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. But the Heat's bench contributed 13 early points.

Pacers edge out Hawks through one

Paul George is up to 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting after playing the entire first quarter. But Atlanta countered with a game-high 14 points from Paul Millsap, who went 6-for-7 from the floor. Indiana is up 29-26 after the opening frame. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Grizzlies (29-20) at Knicks (23-29)

Reeling New York had no answer for Marc Gasol last month and will face him after a difficult loss in the first of back-to-back games. The Knicks are looking to avoid a sixth straight loss in this series and deny visiting Memphis its longest winning streak in a year. Follow live

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Celtics (29-22) at Cavaliers (35-13)

Cleveland is trying to bounce back from a loss at Charlotte that ended a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, a surging Boston has won 10 of its last 13 games. Follow live

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Barnes will play tonight against the Knicks, the Grizzlies say. Barnes was questionable due to a hamstring injury. This is his second game against Derek Fisher's Knicks since the Barnes-Fisher offseason altercation.

Paul George starts hot

Paul George has 5 quick points as Indiana holds a 9-8 lead early in the game. That's good news for the Pacers as 2 of George's 4 worst shooting performances this season have come against Atlanta. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Pacers (26-23) at Hawks (29-22)

Atlanta is looking for its third straight win, having defeated Indiana in 16 of the previous 18 at home. But star Paul George did not play against them last season and rookie Myles Turner is averaging 16.6 in his past nine games. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent a second procedure this week on his broke right hand, sources told ESPN. The procedure was a part of the original surgery last week, so sources said the 4-6 week timeframe for his return remains unchanged.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings PG Rajon Rondo, who is averaging almost 12 assists per game, on what's important to him in his upcoming free agency: "Coach, personnel and the biggest thing for me is the style of play." Rondo, who usually has the ball in his hands a lot, was asked specifically about the triangle offense. "The triangle is not really a good look for me, I don't think." Both New York teams will be among those in the market for a point guard this summer.

Gregg Popovich has total job security

Since replacing Bob Hill during the 1996-97 season, the number coaching changes in the league:

  • Spurs: 0
  • Rest of NBA: 222

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher says Carmelo Anthony is day to day due to left knee soreness. FWIW: he had season-ending surgery on his left knee in February.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony will miss tonight's game against Memphis due to left knee soreness.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

In 40 career regular season games against the Boston Celtics, LeBron James is averaging 29.7 pts on 49.7 pct, 6.5 reb, 6.4 ast, 1.9 stl and 1.1 blk. The only team he's averaged more pts against in his career is OKC (29.73 pts).

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James getting in some early shooting work before the Celtics game.

All-Time #NBArank: Where to put Kobe?

It's Mamba time. Where will Kobe Bryant land among legends like the Big O and Dr. J? Our countdown of the best ballers ever moves closer to the Top 10. Nos. 11-15

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Steph Curry has no limit to his range

This season, NBA players shoot 59.5 percent on shots from three feet or closer. Curry is shooting 60.4 percent on shots from 28 feet or farther. Here's visual proof.

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Klay Thompson on guarding Russell Westbrook: "He's fun to play against"

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Dubs looking for some more W's

According to ESPN's BPI, Golden State is favored to win its next five games. The Warriors host the Thunder on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Steph Curry if he expects to have a voice in major free agency decisions: "I expect they'll ask me about what a potential move, whatever it is, how it'll impact the team, the chemistry, and this and that. But at the end of the day that's not my job. If it was we probably wouldn't have the team we have right now. I'll stick to shooting, playing with the teammates that we have, and hopefully whatever that means down the stretch, Bob and front office continue to do the job they've been doing"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Nash was mostly observing at Warriors practice today. According to Kerr, Nash tore his hamstring 6 weeks ago playing soccer

Kobe Bryant is like a fine wine

Just getting better with age -- at least this past week. Bryant seems to have turned back the clock, averaging 29.3 PPG in his last three games.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili out for a while, San Antonio Spurs coach said his team will miss those vets' leadership the most. "We'll miss their play, but their leadership is just as important," Popovich said. "When those two guys are on the court, everything just seems to work a little bit more smoothly and everybody knows where to go. So we'll miss them for that as much as anything."