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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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1dEthan Sherwood Strauss

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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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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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."

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra indicated at shootaround that Amar'e Stoudemire would remain in the starting lineup for an eighth straight game tonight in Charlotte. That means Hassan Whiteside, in his second game back from a hip injury, will continue to come off the bench for now. Stoudemire and Whiteside combined for 16 points, 14 rebounds and 9 blocks in 17 minutes apiece at center in Wednesday's win at Dallas.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on playing the Warriors: "You guys keep asking me questions about what they do. We're gonna do what we do."

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant passed on making a Super Bowl prediction, but did say he'd like to see Cam Newton win because "everybody's doubting him and talking nonsense about who he is as a person."

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You remember the Mamba, he's clutch

The game was on the line for the Lakers and Pelicans. For Kobe, it was just a Thursday.

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J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Stephen Curry on what he learned from Cam Newton: "I went to training camp three years ago and just kind of understood from a quarterback perspective how they communicate, how they lead, what they see on the floor. It's very similar to what we do as point guards in our game and how we're supposed to know where everybody's supposed to be and how we communicate that vision to our teammates. That's the biggest thing I learned from him, being around him for two days at training camp."

Most surprising NBA rookies

This rookie class is proving to be amazingly deep, with a variety of players exceeding expectations, including Denver's Nikola Jokic, who put to rest concerns about his athleticism. Rookie surprises (Insider)

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on the latest Johnny Manziel controversy: "I think that's the last thing I need to be talking about, is his incidents. That doesn't make it any better. I wasn't there. I don't know what happened, so who am I to say he was right or he was wrong? I wasn't there."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

J.R. Smith on how he hopes the NBA chooses its 3-point field in the future after he was left out from Toronto this year: "I mean, other than stats and analytics and everything they use on everything else, I hope they just use better judgment."

LeBron James on Hack-a-Whomever

"I don't really see a problem with it. At the end of the day, it's a strategy of the game and whatever it takes to win. If that's a part of the game and you have a guy that is a bad free-throw shooter and you put him on the line, that's a part of strategy."

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