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17hEthan Sherwood Strauss

Strauss: How Stephen Curry gets even better

The reigning MVP will never have elite size or athleticism, but with cognitive workouts he can sharpen his best skill: lightning fast decision-making.

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#NBArank: The countdown continues with Nos. 81-90

Rookie Jahlil Okafor joins our countdown of the league's best players. Who will join the Sixers big man on today's list? Follow along as #NBArank dives into the league's top 90.

Rose: Cavs don't necessarily win the East without Thompson (1:38)
Boogie jumps with Leuer and loses (0:12)
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Scouting every player in the Pacific Division

Our NBA Insider crew is analyzing all 30 rosters heading into 2015-16. Today, Amin Elhassan breaks down the games of Kobe, Steph, Blake and the rest of the Pacific Division.

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2dTim MacMahon

It's not ideal, but Mavs need Sam Dalembert

Dallas is depending on infamously unreliable Samuel Dalembert, who is in the process of his annual preseason tradition of trying to get in shape.

Shaq sells car on "Fresh Off the Boat" (1:33)
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Edge of glory: Will the Clippers make the leap or hit reset?

The Clips have had three cracks at it with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all in their primes, and they're not afraid to admit the fourth could be their last -- that another flameout will force them to ask whether this core has grown stale, Zach Lowe writes.

J.R. Smith sends military member home happy (0:15)
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3dMichael Wallace

The journey back for Heat's gentle giant

Enduring the first week of a rigorous training camp gave Miami Heat star forward Chris Bosh only a taste of the battle he's facing in his return to normalcy.


To beat LeBron, don't wear his shoes

King James says he finds a mental advantage over his opponents who wear his LeBron shoes, something he first saw Michael Jordan do. Inspired by MJ

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers fall to 0-3 in preseason after 105-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors here in Ontario, Calif. Kobe Bryant finished with his best game of the preseason thus far -- 16 points on 5-11 shooting in about 22 minutes. Julius Randle had another impressive showing with 17 points on 7-10 shooting. And Lakers guard Lou Williams scored 19 against his former team.

No criminal charges for Matt Barnes

In an email to ESPN, the Redondo Beach Police Department stated: "RBPD did respond to an incident and complete a report. The report was reviewed and there is no basis for criminal charges. No further information is being released at this time about the location or those involved." Story

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Booker suspended game for swinging at Hibbert

Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been suspended a game by the NBA for slapping Roy Hibbert in a preseason game, according to Yahoo! Sports.


Barnes: I went to house to check on sons

Matt Barnes said today that he went to his ex-wife's home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons, and not to confront Knicks coach Derek Fisher. Sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that Fisher and Barnes were involved in a physical altercation Saturday night. Story

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Andy Varejao is playing really well. Just hit his 5th basket of the 1st Q, prompting LeBron to stand up and cheer. 10p 2r so far.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets star Dwight Howard here pregame for the Texans vs Colts.