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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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7hChad 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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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
The Trail Blazers lead 44-30 midway through the second quarter. Follow live

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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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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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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