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3hRobert Sanchez

From The Mag: The lonely burden of Jahlil Okafor

From pre-draft workouts to the start of the season, Robert Sanchez spent five months following the new face of the 76ers as he fought through an unexpected scenario -- leading a losing team solo.

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2hCalvin Watkins

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.

Are the 76ers purposely trying to lose? (2:12)
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1dJohnette Howard

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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LeBron-Love combo working for Cavaliers (2:23)
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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?

Curry's top 10 plays of the 15-0 streak (2:41)
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2dDave McMenamin

Cavs' depth defining their early-season success

After running out of healthy bodies in the playoffs last season, the Cavs are showing a deep bench and winning while several key players are out.


Pacers (8-5) at Wizards (6-4) 7:00 P.M. ET

The Pacers opened the season with three losses in a row but have picked up their pace with two consecutive wins. The Wizards are looking to add another victory to their three-game win streak. Follow live


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis says he's learning from Knicks president Phil Jackson. "Phil is there for me, whatever I need on the court, off the court stuff. So we have a great relationship obviously," Porzingis said on on ESPN 98.7 FM. "Hes always helping me with little details on the court. Hes a master so I couldnt ask for a better mentor."

Golden State's sterling start

The Warriors start has been more impressive than the other two 15-0 starts in NBA history. They have won 10 of their 15 games by double-digits, more than the other two combined (9).


Closer look at Steph Curry's hot start

The Warriors are 15-0, which is tied for the best start to a season in NBA history and is the best by a defending champion. A big reason for that is the incredible numbers being put up by the league's reigning MVP.

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Lawson benched for 4th straight game

The Rockets' big offseason move was trading four backups for Ty Lawson but Lawson has been starting the game on the bench the past three games and will extend it to a fourth on Wednesday.


ICYMI: Melo takes a walk, refs don't mind

Dribbling may still be a part of basketball, but Carmelo Anthony went without it here and the referees didn't call it.


Steven Adams with all-time easy block

The next time Rodney Hood drives the lane, we think he'll try a different strategy than this.


Justise Winslow spikes layup attempt

Arron Afflalo thought he had a clear lane to steal the layup. But Justise was tracking him down.


All Luke Walton's wins go to Steve Kerr

Due to a rule for interim coaches, the Warriors' 15 wins all officially funnel to Kerr, who's still out with complications from his first back surgery, instead of Walton. Kerr told ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss: "Luke's doing all the work with the rest of the staff. Luke is 15-and-0 right now. I'm not. So, it's the dumbest thing I've ever heard, to be honest with you. I don't even understand it." Story

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Another look at the new, grey, Curry colorway

Warriors dominating with Small Ball

No lineup epitomizes the current NBA game better than the Warriors' lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. This season, that lineup has outscored opponents 200-119 in just 56 minutes. They've shot almost 65 percent from the field and made 31-of-47 3-pointers while playing at a blistering pace of 109 possessions per 48 minutes, much faster than the Kings' league-leading pace.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Just another day at work


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge (left ankle) is questionable for Wednesdays matchup against the Mavericks.

Who's Better: Warriors or '95-96 Bulls?

Kevin Pelton writes Golden State would have the edge in shooting and shot defense, but Dennis Rodman would be a real problem on the boards. Who would win (Insider)

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New colorway for Curry

James: NBA too caught up in comparisons

LeBron James says the NBA is too caught up in comparing greats to greats instead of accepting greatness. The First Take crew is split. Said Stephen A.: "We just respectfully disagree for different reasons, but what he is saying makes sense."


Stephen Curry's hot start

Curry's numbers are up nearly across the board compared the first 15 games of his MVP season.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Brook Lopez was nearly traded to the Thunder at last season's trade deadline. Does he think about what it would've been like playing with KD and Russ in OKC? "It would have been interesting," said Lopez, who is very happy in Brooklyn, with a laugh. "You can ask them about it tomorrow and report back to me."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

When he was 16 or 17, Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson attended basketball camps of two players he'll probably be guarding this week: Kevin Durant and LeBron James. "I think that's out the window now," RHJ said.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Famed high flyers Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia have a friendly wager on who will finish the season with more dunks. Pachulia leads by a 3-1 margin at this point. "He's got it easy," Nowitzki said. "He just gets dump-offs and he's wide open. I've got to work for mine, so he's probably going to win that bet."

Small-ball virus has infected the NBA

Zach Lowe writes that the NBA is trying to duplicate Golden State's successful lineup with Draymond Green at center... and it's working. Blip or trend?

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