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From The Mag: The Cruel Tutelage of the Wolves' Kevin Garnett

Jackie MacMullan explores Garnett's explosive intensity, and how it could impact his final NBA task: mentoring 2015 No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns.


Lakers, Warriors, Pacers, Master P

Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones discuss the Lakers' struggles, Stephen Curry being an elite player, if Paul George makes the Pacers a threat in the East, are joined by Master P and more.

What's happening to the Rockets and Clippers? (3:30)
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Rockets' Ty Lawson remains on the bench

Ty Lawson will be a backup for the fourth straight game on Wednesday, but interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the veteran still has a winning attitude.

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Howard: Why Porzingis fever is no fluke

It shouldn't be surprising that Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has taken the NBA by storm, writes Johnette Howard. The big man from Latvia has been preparing for this moment most of his life.

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NBA Power Rankings: Ultimate Warriors

The 15-0 Warriors are one win away from setting a new gold standard in the NBA, and their hold on the No. 1 spot has never been stronger. Where do the 29 other teams fall on Marc Stein's latest list?


Kobe: Lakers have big problems

After the Lakers' 34-point loss to Golden State, Bryant said, "I could've scored 80 ... wouldn't have made a damn difference." He became the first player this season with 4 or fewer points on 14 or more field goal attempts. Entire team is frustrated

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets starting usual a Jack, Hollis-Jefferson, Johnson, Young and Lopez vs. Thunder this evening.

ICYMI: Curry crosses up Clarkson

Stephen Curry used a pick and this really slick behind-the-back dribble to send Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson flying.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart spotted with crutches and brace entering TD Garden. Brad Stevens on the injured guard: We just dont want him to put any pressure on it at all. Its a unique injury. I think its usually an injury thats associated with other areas of your knee getting hurt, so we feel fortunate it is what it is and that its not a long-term thing.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on what he wants from his disconnected Celtics: I just think we need to defend with greater urgency. We need to play offense with more purpose and more ball movement. And we need to play to the standard which weve set for closer to 48 minutes than we have. We just havent done that yet this year. And weve been living on good days, on good quarters."

Stephen A.: 'Kobe should retire right now'

Said First Take's Stephen A. Smith: "It is a damn shame that Kobe has to go out this way, but it is over. They [the Lakers franchise] neglected Kobe Bryant, left him to hang out and dry."


What is Walton's value to Warriors?

The Warriors are currently 16-0 under interim coach Luke Walton. Dan Le Batard is pretty sure they'd have the same record even with a crash-test dummy as coach.


That time KG made Doc cancel practice

Furious about being out of the lineup, Kevin Garnett defied then-Celtics coach Doc Rivers so many times, Rivers chose to cancel practice rather than deal with KG. Leon Powe remembers thinking: "'What is he doing?' That's what we were saying. And at that point you start wondering: Is KG maybe a little crazy after all?" Now a mentor

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Byron Scott says he hasn't considered reducing Kobe Byrant's role or minutes.

Kobe Bryant's new reality

He deflected criticism after tying a career-worst shooting night Tuesday. But Baxter Holmes writes that any excuse seems off the mark, just like many of Bryant's shots. A new low

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Is Ben Simmons the next NBA superstar?

Chad Ford says the LSU freshman has special qualities. "I think what scouts love the most is how Simmons plays the game. He plays with a calm demeanor that belies the fact that he's 19 years old." Future NBA cornerstone (Insider)

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Towns among top DFS plays

Joe Kaiser includes Karl-Anthony Towns in his top recommendations for Wednesday night as the Timberwolves host the Hawks. He sees Towns bouncing back from a subpar game on Monday. Best buys (Insider)

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Walton says the Warriors are at a point in the season where they'll look at back to backs and consider resting guys at the end of the road trip. Something to consider for those on 70+ win watch

Rapper Jadakiss dishes out NBA top five

The MVP of raspy rhymes was in Bristol, Connecticut promoting his new album, "Top 5 Dead Or Alive" so, naturally, SportsNation asked him to share his all-time NBA starting lineup. Magic at point

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Sixers could pass Bucs with streak

The 76ers' active 25-game losing streak is one short of the benchmark in both the NBA and NFL. The Buccaneers infamously lost the first 26 games of the franchise's existence. Longest losing streaks in sports

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LeBron James: 'I feel great'

Despite needing an anti-inflammatory injecting during training camp, the Cavs star says he feels better now than even at this point last year: "I feel better in the mornings, I feel better throughout the games, I feel better throughout the day."

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From The Mag: The cruel tutelage of KG

The decision to entrust the mentorship of No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns to a player prone to diatribes, outbursts and head-banging pregame rituals is, as Jackie MacMullan puts it, a compelling and sizable gamble. Yelling and screaming

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden has produced 26 assists with 14 turnovers the last three games. Harden also has 10 steals during the same time span.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwight Howard is going to be the Grand Marshall in Houston's Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James has taken to curling the tips of the ends of his mustache as we reach the final days of "Movember" - raising awareness for men's prostate health. Says he's shaving it off come December 1 though.