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5hAmin Elhassan

Elhassan: Should Durant leave OKC to join Curry and the Warriors?

When Kevin Durant hits free agency, he will have to decide where he can win. Which team can help most? Amin Elhassan examines the choices and makes his recommendation.

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McMenamin: Even for the King, loss stings

Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating 3-pointer left the Cavs at a loss. It's been awhile, seemingly, since a first-place team had so many question marks swirling around it, Dave McMenamin writes.

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6hChad Ford and Kevin Pelton

Seven NBA rookie surprises, from Philly to OKC

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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Best of Warriors at the White House (1:39)
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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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2dGreg 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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4dKevin 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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Sport Science: Durant as legends

Kevin Durant does Allen Iverson's crossover plus legendary moves by Dr. J. and Michael Jordan in the Sport Science lab.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

As ESPN reported earlier, Sacramento hoped to get to the All-Star break before deeply weighing Karl's future. But the George Watch is on now

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Kings are on the practice floor in Boston this afternoon and, according to NBA coaching sources, George Karl is indeed running practice.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets uniforms for today's game against the Blazers.

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Jimmy Butler out vs. Timberwolves

The Bulls All-Star swingman will not play Saturday due to a sprained left knee. Coach Fred Hoiberg said the initial diagnosis was positive, but they won't know the outcome until the MRI results are back. Butler was scheduled to have an MRI today in Minneapolis but the results are unclear.

ICYMI: Avery Bradley sinks Cavs

The Cavs could only lose to a 3-pointer.

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Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

NBA announces JR Smith was incorrectly called for a foul in final 5 seconds last night that set up Celtics 5-point possession to beat Cavs.

Bay Area fans choose their fav matchup

ESPN's Scoop Jackson asks fans which game they'd rather see: the Thunder-Warriors tilt on Saturday or the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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SC Throwback: Suns hands Bulls fifth loss

Twenty years ago today it was the Charles Barkley show as the Suns handed the 72-win Bulls their 5th loss of the season.

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ICYMI: There's no pleasing Gregg Popovich

Ask too many questions? Pop gets mad. Jeff Van Gundy went the opposite route and asked one question. Pop got mad.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

It doesn't matter if the game is 9 p.m., 7 a.m. Rockets forward Trevor Ariza is first man to warmup. Rockets hosts Blazers at 4 p.m.

What should Kevin Durant do?

Amin Elhassan says the versatility of Atlanta and Golden State's offenses would allow Durant to dominate within the context of the team scheme. Elhassan's recommendation (Insider)

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Duncan (knee), Matt Bonner (left calf strain), and Manu Ginobili (surgical recovery) are all out for Saturday's Game against the Lakers.

Cuban: Hacking rules keep intrigue in NBA

Mark Cuban says it would be a mistake if the league made changes to the rule that sends poor free-throw shooters like DeAndre Jordan to the line constantly. Teachable moments

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Elhassan: 'Coach Karl deserves better'

ESPN's Amin Elhassan says he told George Karl not to go to the Kings.

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Tim Duncan ruled out for Lakers game

The Spurs center will miss his seventh straight game tonight because of soreness in his right knee. The Spurs are 42-8 this season and beat the Lakers by 13 points two weeks ago.

Reports: Kings mull firing George Karl

The Kings (21-29) are increasingly concerned about their floundering play under George Karl and are hoping to delay any decisions about his future until the All-Star break, according to ESPN's Marc Stein & multiple reports. Story

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs are closer to falling out of the playoffs than moving up a spot in the West standings. Dallas is 3 1/2 games behind fifth-place Memphis and 3 ahead of ninth-place Portland.

Al Horford, the destroyer of worlds

Let all cower before his dunking might.

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Dwyane Wade discovers time travel

And he took advantage of Flashback Friday for a dunk on the Hornets.

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Paul George hits fadeaway, one-footed 3

The Pacers star was hoping for a foul, but got a highlight-reel 3 instead.

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