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9hAmin 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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9hChad 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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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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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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Pelicans (18-31) at Cavaliers (35-14)

Fresh off a gut-wrenching, buzzer-beating loss to Boston, Cleveland takes on New Orleans and Anthony Davis, who had 31 points and 12 rebounds in the first matchup. Follow live

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets beaten 96-79 by the Blazers. One of the worst losses of the season. Rockets shot 32.5 percent from the floor. James Harden scored 33 points. Portland had six players in double-figures.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant hugging Ron Adams to warm your heart

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

After three quarters the Rockets trail the Blazers 74-53. Just four players have scored for the Rockets, all starters. Fans at Toyota Center have booed the team during the third quarter. Rockets shooting 30.4 percent.

George Karl: Rumors 'not my storm'

"I don't have any control over what other people are thinking or saying. That's their storm. My preference would be it wouldn't be there. But there's always energy today. Then, once something gets out, it magnifies and grows and becomes a storm." Story

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Should George Karl be fired?

Bobby Jackson believes that it might be time for the Kings to move on. DeMarcus Cousins thinks the team's problems extend beyond "energy and effort."

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich just said that Tim Duncan is close. Said he's been getting in some three-on-three work lately.

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Kobe says he cant complain a/b lack of consistency with Lakers: "Ive eaten pretty well, so I cant complain that theres no dessert left."

Blazers pummeling Rockets' support

James Harden, Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza are a combined 12-for-26. Not great, but all other Rockets are 1-for-14 as Portland holds a 55-36 lead. Patrick Beverley's driving layup at the end of the second quarter is the lone field goal not from Harden, Howard or Ariza. Halftime stats

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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Only 3 Rockets have scored 18 minutes in

  • James Harden: 13 points
  • Dwight Howard: 12 points
  • Trevor Ariza: 5 points
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Balanced scoring propels Blazers

James Harden is leading all scorers with 12 points after the first quarter, but eight Portland players have scored to give the Trail Blazers a 29-23 lead after one. Follow live

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

In Kyrie Irving's last five games he's averaging 23.8 points in 53.4 percent shooting, 5.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 36.8 minutes.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

In LeBron James' last three games against the New Orleans Pelicans since coming back to Cleveland, he is averaging 36.7 points on 55.7 percent shooting, 7.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings coach George Karl on if he's had discussions with Sacramento management about his future: "I never have. Again, I don't have any control over what other people are thinking or saying. That's their storm. My preference would be it wouldn't be there. But there's always energy today. Then once something gets out it magnifies and grows and becomes a storm. That's not my storm. My storm is the Boston Celtics."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl on talk about his future with the team: "I have no control of what other people think or whatever people are circulating. My job is to get prepared for Boston. We had a good practice today and I'm with the practice. Boston's playing at a great level. Probably the best they've played in two years. Their win last night was pretty impressive. They kept coming after a team that thought they had them beat about four times and stole the end from them. It was really a gutty win by the Celtics."

Curry signs special Panthers shoes

In honor of Sunday's Super Bowl, Stephen Curry signed some special shoes in the colors of the Carolina Panthers to give away to fans. He is expected to wear those shoes during the Warriors' game tonight against the Thunder.

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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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