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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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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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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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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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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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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Curry logo warmup

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Can Pop imagine Kobe playing in San Antonio? "I think Kobe did fine just where he is. Hes LA. We dont have a whole lot of LA around here."

Pacers ride Paul George to lead

Paul George is leading all scorers with 17 points at intermission as Indiana holds a 62-48 lead over Detroit. The Pistons aren't helping themselves in the first half, giving up 16 points off of turnovers. Halftime stats

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Cavs lead 28-20 after 1Q. J.R. 9p on 3-of-4 from 3 2r; LeBron 8p 2a; Kyrie 5p. NOP: A.Davis 8p 3r.

Wizards lead Hornets at the break

Otto Porter Jr. is the surprise game-high scorer with 18 points as Washington holds a 58-48 lead over Charlotte. Nicolas Batum has 17 points for the Hornets but Buzz City's bench is being outscored 15-7. Halftime stats

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant pregame before the Thunder take on the Warriors: "Every game I try and make a statement."

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Bulls (27-22) at Timberwolves (15-36)

Chicago is without Jimmy Butler, who strained his left knee in the loss to Denver on Friday. The Bulls will miss Butler's defensive presence as Andrew Wiggins is coming off back-to-back 30-point games. Follow live

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Reporter starts a question to Kevin Durant, "I'm sure you get asked every arena you go to about free agency..." He cuts them off: "Actually I don't."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue on the NBA's last two minute report that determined J.R. Smith shouldn't have been called for a foul on Evan Turner late against Boston on Friday: "It's over now. I don't think that play had anything to do with it. I just think it was a bunch of things that led to that situation, so it happened. They say it wasn't a foul, but there's nothing we can do about it now."

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.

Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

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