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How Well Are James Harden and Dwight Howard Meshing Together so Far?

The Houston Rockets are off to a strong 8-5 start, and much of their early successes can be attributed to the chemistry that James Harden and Dwight Howard have already established.<p>Having played just 13 regular season games together (and a handful of preseason contests), it's nice for the fans to …

Basketball

5 2013-14 NBA Breakout Players Who Nobody Saw Coming

NBA fans and analysts alike spend every offseason predicting breakout years from highly anticipated players, but there are often a handful of captivating competitors that no one saw coming.<p>The 2013-14 season features an exciting group of breakout performers that snuck up on us.<p>Some are already …

Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings goes up for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 23, 2013 in Los…

Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings goes up for a dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.<p>(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pacers' Paul George Throws Down Windmill Dunk Against the Timberwolves

Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George created a fast break by coming up with a steal against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, and he finished the play in style by throwing down the windmill slam.<p>Here's another look at the dunk:<p>George's dazzling dunk came in a one-point game, but the score …

Derrick Rose done for season

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery Monday, the team announced.<p>The 2010-11 league …

Pacers improve to 13-1 with rout of Timberwolves

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers aren't letting anybody keep up with the Georges.<p>Certainly not Monday night.<p>George Hill took care of the early work, …

5 Sleeper NBA Teams That Are Proving They're for Real in 2013-14

While panic consumes preseason favorites like the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, a number of intriguing under-the-radar squads have started the season with a flourish.<p>Whether it's been the Atlanta Hawks in the East or the Portland Trail Blazers out West, a select group of preseason sleepers …

Should Chicago Bulls Punt the Season and Go All in on Loaded 2014 NBA Draft?

No plan or strategy can rightfully answer the problem that now faces the Chicago Bulls.<p>It's the type of problem that requires franchise-altering decision-making and maneuvering.<p>Now that Derrick Rose is out for the season, again, the Bulls have to evaluate their current roster for the 2013-14 …

Andrew Bogut, Mo Williams suspended 1 game, 3 others fined for roles in Warriors-Blazers fight (Video)

After the Saturday night fireworks between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, it was only a matter of time before the league …

Breaking Down What to Expect from Terrence Jones as Rockets Starting Forward

Sometimes, it just clicks.<p>Terrence Jones is running with an awesome opportunity in Houston, where he's recently been named the team's starting power forward. Since the move, Jones is averaging 15 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on 58 percent shooting through six games.<p>He's been a nice fit …

Jeremy Lin's Improvement More Early-Season Fluke Than Long-Term Indicator

It's impossible to evaluate who Jeremy Lin is without juxtaposing it with how he was introduced. When a player literally comes from obscurity and becomes an international sensation—a rarity in basketball, arguably the easiest sport to identify talent at a young age—the comparisons become necessary …

NBA Rumors: Latest Trade and Free-Agency Buzz Floating Around the Association

Welp, it was fun while it lasted.<p>For about the first three-plus weeks of the 2013-14 NBA season, it looked like the campaign would go off without a hitch. There were surprisingly good teams and surprisingly bad teams, but with Russell Westbrook returning and Kobe Bryant being cleared, everything …

How Stephen Curry Makes Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors Better

Klay Thompson should be thanking Stephen Curry.<p>Thompson is having a career year and although I'm sure Klay worked his butt off this offseason, he wouldn't be as successful without Stephen Curry and his special ability to make his teammates better.<p>We all know Stephen Curry can shoot. That's a given. …

For Mike D'Antoni, Life with Lakers After Dwight Howard Feels Really Good

LOS ANGELES – As blasphemous as this line of thinking is in sports—particularly in the hallowed house of a franchise as storied as the Lakers—there really can be more to life than championships.<p>“It’s a good locker room,” Lakers guard Steve Blake said Sunday night. “Win or lose.”<p>The most emerging …

What Is Wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers Right Now?

It would be an understatement to say the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't living up to expectations. It would be an outright lie to say that they're getting better.<p>Defensively, the team isn't looking right. Offensively, the team has never looked right.<p>Kyrie Irving still doesn't look like Kyrie Irving. …

Are DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams NBA's Greatest Risk-Reward Duo?

This new Sacramento Kings regime doesn't shy away from a gamble.<p>That much was clear the moment current majority owner Vivek Ranadive finalized his purchase of the franchise back in May.<p>Ranadive gave longtime assistant Michael Malone his first taste of the head-coaching ranks. A similar career boost …

The Biggest Misconceptions Surrounding the NY Knicks

Whether it's the result of biases, or a decade of losing, the New York Knicks receive flack from pundits whenever possible.<p>Some criticism is deserved—the franchise has underperformed its payroll since the departure of Jeff Van Gundy—but more often than not, there's a lot of misconceived noise …

Taj Gibson Is Better Fit Than Carlos Boozer for Chicago Bulls

Thanks to the recent surge that has left Joakim Noah in the MVP conversation, the Chicago Bulls can officially start thinking about how to achieve success in the playoffs, not just about advancing past the 82nd game of the regular season.<p>In the postseason, rotations shrink and every possession …

NBA

Mike Dunleavy Leaves Court Bloody After Chandler Parsons Elbow to the Face

Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy took one of the most painful charges in recent NBA history Thursday night against the Houston Rockets.<p>Dunleavy stood his ground against hard-charging Rockets forward Chandler Parsons and took an inadvertent elbow to the face.<p>Here's a photo of the bloody aftermath:<p>…

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Live Score and Analysis

The Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 114-110 win. That made OKC mad.<p>Hosting the Lakers on Thursday night, the Thunder set a season-high for scoring in the retaliatory 131-102 win.<p>Kevin Durant scored 29 points and extended his streak of 25-point games to 30. …

Joakim Noah Says Mike Dunleavy Is 'Finally Giving Duke Some Credibility'

With March Madness right around the corner, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah decided to take a lighthearted shot at the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday night.<p>According to TNT's Rachel Nichols, Noah poked fun at one of college basketball's most storied programs after Mike Dunleavy Jr. exploded for 21 …

Brooklyn Nets Live Because of Shaun Livingston's NBA Resurrection

The Miami Heat have developed a knack for closing out tight games with clutch last-second shots during their run to back-to-back NBA titles. If they hadn't, we'd be calling the San Antonio Spurs the defending champs right now.<p>And Miami had yet another opportunity show off its late-game …

Bloodied Dunleavy lifts Bulls past Rockets

Bloodied Dunleavy lifts Bulls past Rockets<p>CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy left a trail of blood when he headed off the court and into the locker room in the second quarter.<p>When Dunleavy returned to the game after getting 10 stitches above his right eye, he seemed to have a better view …

Mike Dunleavy gets 10 stitches for cut, then carries Bulls by Rockets

CHICAGO -- Mike Dunleavy caught an elbow just above the right eye while drawing a charge early in the second quarter Thursday night and left a trail …

How Badly Do OKC Thunder Need Home-Court Advantage in Playoffs?

Four days after suffering one of their worst losses of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder exacted due revenge in demolishing the Los Angeles Lakers 131-102 Thursday night.<p>The win keeps OKC within a half-game of the San Antonio Spurs for the Western Conference’s top seed.<p>Barring any late-season …

What Role Can Steve Nash Play for LA Lakers in Final Season?

It’s a shame when an athlete’s narrative becomes wholly driven by injury, but that’s where Steve Nash finds himself these days.<p>With a team that has so few players under contract for next season, there’s also a pragmatic question—is there still a meaningful role for the future Hall of Famer to …

Report: Houston Rockets Expected to Court Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency

That party didn’t last long.<p>Not 24 hours after word leaked that the New York Knicks were within striking distance of bringing aboard Phil Jackson, the team’s focus must turn anew to the real elephant in the room: the fate of Carmelo Anthony.<p>According to Marc Berman of the <i>New York Post</i>, the Houston …

6 Things to Watch out for During Indiana Pacers' Final Games

The upcoming final games will test the mettle of the Indiana Pacers.<p>A team which was projected to win roughly 70 games has hardly looked like one. Prior to its 94-83 win over the Boston Celtics on March 11, Indiana uncharacteristically lost four games in a row.<p>The Miami Heat were also on a bit of a …

NBA

Kevin McHale Is Latest Pitch Man for Joakim Noah's Awesomeness

Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has a three-time Defensive Player of the Year anchoring his defense in All-Star center Dwight Howard.<p>Yet, before his team met the Chicago Bulls Thursday night, McHale said his vote for the award would go to the matchup's other man in the middle—Joakim Noah.<p>"He’s …

NBA Power Rankings: Lay of the Land Heading Down the Stretch

Gravity isn't just something that wins Oscars and works against blues singers. It's also a force that has a way of pulling NBA teams toward their destiny, particularly during the final month or so of the regular season.<p>On the one hand, it's played a part in long winning streaks for the Los Angeles …