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Feb 22

The Big Questions We Have About NBA Contenders After The All-Star Break

The weeks coming out of the All-Star break typically tell us a lot about the teams we still have lingering questions about. This season, some of those — like the Cleveland Cavaliers — saw so much change so recently that we won’t be able to answer those…

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Feb 22

Spurs’ Leonard might miss rest of season – Popovich

San Antonio star forward Kawhi Leonard is still battling injury and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday he’d “be surprised” to see him return this season. “On Kawhi, I’d be surprised if he returns this season,” Popovich told reporters as the Spurs returned to practice in the wake of the NBA’s All-Star break. “There are only X number of games left in the season and he’s still not ready to go,” added Popovich, whose remarks were posted on NBA.com.

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Feb 21

Are Rockets, Raptors the 1s? Time will tell when NBA resumes

Golden State and Cleveland are used to looking down at the rest of the NBA, though it’s Houston and Toronto enjoying that view at the All-Star break. The Rockets and Raptors are the conference leaders and will try to keep rolling when play resumes. Houston has won 10 straight to edge past the Warriors, and Toronto is two games up in the East after seven consecutive wins.

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Feb 21

Raptors hope to change playoff fortunes

Toronto is trying to rewrite their history, Cleveland has re-tooled through trades and Boston’s cooling off as the NBA enters the final seven weeks of the season following the annual all-star break. The Toronto Raptors lead the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference by two games while the Houston Rockets sit atop the West with the best record in the league at 44-13. The NBA regular season resumes on Thursday after Sunday’s entertaining all-star game which saw LeBron James score 29 points, including the go-ahead layup with 34 seconds left, as his hand-picked team rallied to beat Team Stephen 148-145.

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Feb 21

Anthony Davis on Pelicans if Cousins healthy: “We go to the Finals”

On January 27, the Pelicans were 27-21 and had won seven-of-eight (including just beating the Houston Rockets), and they were solidly in as the six seed in the West. During All-Star weekend ESPN’s Rachel Nichols asked Anthony Davis about that and he wa…

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Feb 20

Why Barack Obama is speaking at a sports analytics conference

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Sports Analytics Conference being held this week in Boston will feature one very unique speaker, former President Barack Obama. For a lot of people, he’s a surprising choice to attend a sports analytics conference, but for the organizers who convinced him to attend, it’s a no-brainer. “We know he’s a huge sports fan and he’s done a lot on tactical decision making leveraging analytics,” said Jessica Gelman, the conference’s co-founder. “On the team and business side, that’s exactly what we’re about.” Gelman is the CEO of Kraft Analytics Group, which was formed in 2016 after being spun out of the Kraft Sports Group, which owns the New England

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Feb 19

NBA-Slovenia’s Dragic completes long journey to All Star Game

Slovenia’s Goran Dragic competed in his first NBA All Star Game on Sunday, completing a 15-year journey in professional basketball involving thousands of games played in arenas around the world and a handful of individual awards. When the 31-year-old entered the game as a Team LeBron member during the first quarter, he became the first ever player from Slovenia to achieve the honor. “For me it means a lot,” the Miami Heat guard told Reuters on Saturday following a practice with his Team LeBron mates.

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Feb 18

Why the Warriors’ greatest adversary is perhaps their own success

The Golden State Warriors had become victims of their own regular-season success so much that coach Steve Kerr, believing his voice was resonating like one of those mumble-mouth teachers on a Charlie Brown television special, decided to combat the mala…

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Feb 17

Travis Scott Performs For All-Star Weekend Crowd That Includes French Montana…and Guy Fieri

In celebration of basketball’s biggest weekend, Rémy Martin hosted a special concert Friday night featuring rapper/producer/new dad, Travis Scott. The event went down at Los Angeles’ Avenue nightclub, where Scott performed in front of a star-studded crowd that included athletes like Houston Rockets’ James Harden and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson, as well as fellow celebrities like French Montana, Future, Nicole Scherzinge, and Chanel Iman. There was also a random, but much-appreciated, appearance by Flavortown mayor Guy Fieri.

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Feb 17

The officially unofficial list of top 10 kicks worn in the NBA this season

What’s more heated in the NBA than the quest for a playoff spot in the cutthroat Western Conference? The battle to become a sneaker king, of course.

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Feb 16

Barkley fears for NBA in ‘superteam’ era

Basketball great Charles Barkley fears the NBA’s popularity could be in jeopardy if the trend of top players gravitating towards a handful of franchises continues unchecked. Barkley, 54, said he was alarmed by the increasing disparity of rosters across the league, and warned that LeBron James’ possible move to an already powerful team this summer could exacerbate the problem. James has the option of entering free agency this summer, and has been linked to a possible move to the Houston Rockets, where he would strengthen an already formidable roster spearheaded by James Harden and Chris Paul.

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Feb 16

Karl-Anthony Towns is the most underappreciated player in the NBA

He doesn’t have the in-your-face Instagram game of Joel Embiid, or play under the lights at Madison Square Garden like Kristaps Porzingis. He doesn’t even have a ubiquitous nickname like The Brow, aka Anthony Davis. But he’ll don his first NBA All-Star uniform this weekend, so it’s time to pay attention: Karl-Anthony Towns has arrived. Towns, in just his third season, is the most underappreciated player in the NBA. The Dominican-American 7-footer is an efficiency monster on offense and a wall on defense. In just over 220 games, Towns has proven himself to be a true franchise centerpiece, and one who — barring a free agency departure — should anchor his Minnesota Timberwolves for the next decade.

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Feb 16

NBA notebook: Bosh wants to make a comeback

Chris Bosh wants to resume his basketball career two years after medical issues forced him to the sidelines. Bosh, an 11-time NBA All-Star, was found to have a blood clot in his lungs in February 2015, bringing his season to an end. With Bosh disputing…

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Feb 15

Lillard has 44, Blazers overcome Durant’s 50, beat Warriors

Damian Lillard said it may have been Portland’s best win of the season. Lillard had 44 points and eight assists, and the Trail Blazers overcame Kevin Durant’s 50 points to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Golden State Warriors with a 123-117 victory on Wednesday night. CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Blazers (32-26), who go into the All-Star break six games over .500.

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Feb 15

Timberwolves host Lakers in final game before break

With one game left before the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping to rediscover some of what worked during the league’s unofficial first half. Los Angeles heads to Minnesota on Thursday after a 139-117 loss in New Orleans in which coach Luke Walton and new point guard Isaiah Thomas were ejected, and the Lakers gave up a season-high point total for an opponent in a regulation game. It was Los Angeles’ second straight loss after eight wins in the previous 10 games.

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Feb 15

Harden helps Rockets to 10th straight win, 100-91 over Kings

After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied. Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Rockets fought off a …

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Feb 14

How taking a step back helped James Harden take a giant step forward in MVP race

For the Houston Rockets’ playmaking pairing to work, for Chris Paul to be in position to help a teammate reach an individual honor he came this close to capturing 10 years ago, and for coach Mike D’Antoni to have confidence that he might finally have a…

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Feb 14

Races too close to call at NBA All-Star break

The NBA will reach the All-Star break with conference races that are too close to call. The Toronto Raptors take a one-game lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference into Wednesday, the last full night of play before a week off. In the West, the Golden State Warriors’ lead is down to a half-game over the surging Houston Rockets, who have won nine in a row.

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Feb 13

Donovan Mitchell’s Jazz are the NBA’s hottest team, and may be playoff-bound

Pop quiz, hotshot: who’s got the longest winning streak in the NBA? Nope, it’s not James Harden, Chris Paul and the hard-charging Houston Rockets. The Utah Jazz — a team that seemed unlikely to compete after losing All-Star forward Gordon Hayward and s…

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Feb 12

Rockets beat Mavericks 104-97 for 8th straight win

In the past, the Houston Rockets would sometimes fall victim to so-called trap games, losing against subpar teams. This season these Rockets have largely avoided such losses, and they did so again on Sunday night with a 104-97 win over the short-handed…

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