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Though they may seem like it, the Kemba Walker-led Charlotte Hornets are not a one-man show. Jeremy Lamb is a talented wing with the off-the-bounce jazz; Cody Zeller embodies the role of a low-usage center, setting impenetrable screens and anchoring the paint; Miles Bridges has delighted in his rookie year, carving out a consistent rotation
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12:24 AM ET DALLAS — With the media swarmed around Dennis Smith Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith walked to his locker in the next stall Sunday night and jokingly greeted his Dallas Mavericks teammate: “Ruthless toothless!” Smith had most of his right front tooth fly out of his mouth when it was broken near the top by
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3:35 PM ET DETROIT — Already down a big man, Steve Kerr doesn’t expect Draymond Green to be able to play on the remainder of Golden State Warriors‘ current five-game road trip. Green has missed the last eight games with a right toe sprain and was hopeful that he could return on this trip. Now
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12:28 AM ET Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — That gruesome ankle injury that put Gordon Hayward through a grueling year of rehab forced him to adjust his game. However he’s able to make it happen, the Boston Celtics are more than happy to have him making the significant impact they envisioned all along. Hayward had a
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2:31 PM ET Malika AndrewsESPN Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been upgraded to probable and could make his season debut in Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Markkanen has been sidelined with an elbow sprain since September. Initially, he was scheduled to be out six to eight weeks. He has missed 23 games. He
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1:56 AM ET J.J. Barea got ejected from the Dallas Mavericks‘ bench late in Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers by referee Scott Foster for saying only, “That was a disaster,” the 13-year veteran guard told ESPN. “[On the first techical, Foster] said I was talking too much, but I never said a bad
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4:54 PM ET Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is be out indefinitely with a sore right knee, the team announced Friday. Oladipo has not played since a Nov. 17 game in which he played just five minutes before exiting after falling into a broadcast cameraman and fans sitting courtside. An All-Star last year, the 25-year-old
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Basketball Insiders “First Quarter Grades” series continues by examining the Atlantic Division. And while grading teams is challenging given how every team has its own timeline for success and development, it’s a necessary part of evaluating progress. The division appears to be the Raptors’ to lose. The Celtics have struggled mightily, whereas the 76ers upgraded
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This version of the Milwaukee Bucks — a night-to-night force capable of burying its opponent on either end of the floor — serves as a testament to what effect coaching and environment can have on an NBA team. It is striking to juxtapose this team with the stagnant, imprecise bunch that limped into the playoffs
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12:52 PM ET The Memphis Grizzlies are working through contract language on a one-year deal with free-agent center Joakim Noah and expect to reach a deal early next week, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The New York Knicks waived Noah and stretched the final season of his four-year, $72 million contract prior to the
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2:49 AM ET LOS ANGELES — If it seems like LeBron James has been shouldering a disproportionate part of the load for the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season, that’s because he has. The four-time MVP admitted after Thursday’s 104-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday that he’s struggled with striking the right
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Just minutes into the Clippers’ Tuesday night matchup with the Thunder, Avery Bradley collected an errant and ill-advised Paul George wrap-around pass to Steven Adams and turned to push the ball up court. Danilo Gallinari, just below the free throw line, worked to get his 6-foot-11 frame moving in the opposite direction, using his long,
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