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Harden rusty in return, Rockets easily defeat Timberwolves

HOUSTON — James Harden is back. His game will be soon, the Houston Rockets are quite sure. Harden’s return from the most significant injury of his nine-year career was a success for two reasons. The Rockets pulled off a convincing win Thursday night over a quality opponent, 116-98, against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that has moved into third in the Western Conference standings. And Harden had no issues with the hamstring that he strained on New Year’s Eve, causing him to sit out seven games. Harden was about as happy…

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Captains, starters revealed for 2018 NBA All-Star Game

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry led All-Star voting in their respective conferences and will serve as the captains for the All-Star Game next month. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan were also selected as starters from the Eastern Conference. Houston’s James Harden, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and New Orleans teammates Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were also selected as starters from the Western Conference. Starters were determined by a vote from fans, players and a select…

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Fantasy basketball – Is it time to drop Kawhi Leonard due to latest injury news?

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we pose a question to a panel of ESPN fantasy basketball experts to gauge their thoughts on a hot topic. Today’s contributors are ESPN Fantasy’s Jim McCormick, André Snellings and Kyle Soppe. The San Antonio Spurs announced Wednesday that Kawhi Leonard will be sidelined indefinitely due continued issues with his quadriceps. What should fantasy managers do with Leonard? Is it time to drop him? Jim McCormick: It’s been a troubling season for Leonard, who has missed 37 of the team’s first 46 games. And yet…

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Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn evaluated for concussion after hard fall against Golden State Warriors

CHICAGO — Bulls point guard Kris Dunn chipped and dislocated two front teeth and was evaluated for a concussion after taking a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Dunn was clear of concussion symptoms, the team announced, and he will be re-evaluated Thursday. Dunn, who scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in 30 minutes, fell hard after losing his balance off the rim following a dunk. The play occurred with 2:55 left in regulation after Dunn stole the ball from Warriors swingman…

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden to return Thursday, barring setback

The Houston Rockets expect All-Star guard James Harden to return from a hamstring strain Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, barring any setbacks during Wednesday’s practice, coach Mike D’Antoni confirmed. Harden, who has missed the past seven games, is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s home game. If he does play, he will be limited to 25 minutes per game initially, D’Antoni said. Trevor Ariza has become the focus of the NBA’s investigation into the Rockets’ postgame charge into the Clippers locker room Monday night, while Chris Paul and James Harden…

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Kristaps Porzingis can follow Anthony Davis’ model to success – Knicks Blog

NEW YORK — Anthony Davis‘ game at Madison Square Garden the other day was the kind of performance the New York Knicks — and their fans — hope to get from Kristaps Porzingis at some point. Davis put up 48 points and 17 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks in an overtime win Sunday. That’s the kind of stat line that only a few people on the planet can produce. Davis has done it twice in his five-year career. Hakeem Olajuwon is the only other player to…

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Trevor Ariza of Houston Rockets focus of NBA probe into Clippers locker room altercation

2:29 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN As the NBA gathers information for its investigation into the events surrounding the bombastic LA Clippers–Houston Rockets game on Monday night, forward Trevor Ariza has been further isolated as the person most responsible for the Rockets’ postgame charge into the Clippers’ locker room, league sources told ESPN. Rockets All-Stars Chris Paul and James Harden are increasingly described as working to slow down Ariza’s anger with the Clippers’ Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin, league sources said. Nevertheless, there are those on the Clippers’ side who still…

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Utah Jazz starting forward Thabo Sefolosha opts to have right knee surgery to repair MCL avulsion

The Utah Jazz say starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has opted to have right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of his MCL. The procedure will take place Wednesday. The Jazz did not offer a timetable for his return. The veteran forward had been mulling whether to have surgery on the MCL, which he hurt in Friday night’s 99-88 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. He left the game in the second half and didn’t return. Sefolosha is averaging 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Source link

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Multiple Cleveland Cavaliers players acknowledge growing discontent, concern about current state of team

CLEVELAND — Following the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track. Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and…

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Mike D’Antoni of Houston Rockets accuses Blake Griffin of intentional contact

LOS ANGELES — Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni accused LA Clippers star forward Blake Griffin of intentionally making contact with him moments before the heated confrontation that led to double technical fouls. The confrontation occurred in front of Houston’s bench with 3:34 remaining in the Clippers’ 113-102 win Monday night. “You mean after he hit me? I didn’t appreciate it,” D’Antoni said. D’Antoni was arguing with a referee about a goaltending no-call on the previous possession when Griffin veered toward him and made contact. After getting fouled seconds later, Griffin…

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