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11:26 AM ET LONDON — The NBA is preparing to double down on policing its players, teams and staff amid the expansion of legalized sports gambling in the United States, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum told ESPN. Speaking in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, Tatum, who is also the NBA’s chief operating officer, revealed that moves
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2:50 AM ET LOS ANGELES — LeBron James will miss at least the next two games for the Los Angeles Lakers as he continues to rehabilitate a strained left groin, his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told ESPN on Tuesday. James has missed the Lakers last 11 games since suffering the injury on Christmas
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8:43 PM ET Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio will miss at least another week as he continues to deal with a mild right hamstring strain. The Jazz said Tuesday that Rubio was re-examined by the team’s medical staff Tuesday, and will be re-evaluated again in a week. Rubio, who is averaging 12.8 points and
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3:58 AM ET Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped from going into the Portland locker room by arena and Trail Blazers security after Sacramento’s 115-107 victory Monday night. Shumpert apparently was angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half. “Some stuff needed to
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5:58 PM ET EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — As LeBron James and Rajon Rondo continue to slowly make their way back to the court, Lonzo Ball is trying to fill the massive leadership void left for the Los Angeles Lakers. Nowhere near as vocal as James, Rondo and veteran center Tyson Chandler, Ball wants to try
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2:05 AM ET LOS ANGELES – LeBron James’ second stint in Cleveland – the four NBA Finals appearances, the first championship in franchise history that snapped a 52-year title-less drought for the city — was an unabashed success. But it came at a cost. While James was brilliant in those postseason runs, he played 81
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11:49 PM ET DALLAS — The Golden State Warriors believe that Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is not only an All-Star caliber player — he’s a superstar in the making. Even on a night in which Stephen Curry scored 48 points and hit 11 three-pointers in a 119-114 win over the Mavericks, it was Doncic’s
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5:44 PM ET Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson is expected to miss at least two to four weeks because of a sprained left ankle. The Grizzlies announced Sunday that Anderson had a Grade 2 sprain. Anderson hurt the ankle Saturday in a 112-108 loss at Miami. Anderson has made 38
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12:13 AM ET A season of inconsistency for the Boston Celtics took another downward turn with Saturday night’s 105-103 loss to the Magic in Orlando, Florida. Asked what’s keeping Boston from being the team that so many expected entering the season, star point guard Kyrie Irving was blunt in his assessment. “Experience,” Irving told reporters.
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8:20 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin turned in an emphatic, 44-point performance in his first meeting at Staples Center against his former team, as the Pistons prevailed over the LA Clippers, 109-104. “It was nice to get that game over with,” Griffin said. “I kind of compare it to the
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8:29 AM ET A FEW MONTHS BACK, Blake Griffin announced he was quitting comedy, his favorite extracurricular activity away from basketball, to pursue music as his next sideline. This declaration was the premise of the four-part mockumentary-ish “Comedy by Blake” digital series for Funny or Die. After Jeff Ross broke the news with a smirk
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12:58 AM ET The Dallas Mavericks fear that sixth man J.J. Barea tore his right Achilles tendon during Friday’s 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, a source told ESPN. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Barea would get an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of what the team officially referred to as
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7:35 PM ET Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — 76ers center Joel Embiid sat out Friday night against Atlanta because of a sore left ankle. Embiid hurt his ankle in a loss at Washington on Wednesday night. Embiid was one of the final players to leave the court during warm-ups and shot long jumpers wearing “Trust the
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3:47 AM ET SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge saw the double team, spun baseline and fired a jumper that found the bottom of the net, and he immediately knew: “This is one of those nights,” he said. Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points to help the Spurs survive the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook‘s
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1:25 AM ET The San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 in double overtime in what might end up being the game of the year in the NBA. The Spurs didn’t miss a 3-pointer for nearly the entire game, the Thunder erased a 16-point deficit to force overtime, LaMarcus Aldridge became the newest
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6:27 PM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start when he makes his season debut, likely Jan. 18 against the Clippers. Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with the Warriors last summer, will make his long-awaited return to the floor after rehabbing a torn left Achilles tendon
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