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Five takeaways from the Lakers' 119-115 loss to Phoenix Suns

Defense was a problem for the Lakers last season. Their defensive rating ranked last in the NBA.<p>Defense is still a problem. It has been all season, but when the Lakers were shooting better that masked their problems on defense.<p>So when Julius Randle was asked what had changed that has caused the …

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Alkins leads No. 20 Arizona past Missouri, 79-60

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) It’s an old cliché; winning on the road in college basketball is no easy task.<p>As a visiting opponent, having only seven players on …

Warriors game day: Can Golden State out-tough Memphis?

<b>Warriors at Grizzlies</b><p><b>Time:</b> 5 p.m. PT<p><b>Where:</b> FedExForum, Memphis<p><b>Coaches:</b> Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (160-27 with Warriors and overall); David Fizdale, 1st season with Grizzlies (16-8 with Grizzlies and overall)<p><b>On air:</b> CSN Bay Area; Radio on 95.7 The Game<p><b>Records:</b> Warriors (20-3); Grizzlies …

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How Iman Shumpert Got His Groove Back

CLEVELAND — A year ago at this time, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert had yet to make his season debut following September wrist surgery. What followed were 54 of the worst games of his career as he struggled to recover from the injury, excess body weight and a broken jumper.<p>Now, …

Joel Embiid Injury: Updates on 76ers Star's Elbow and Return

The Philadelphia 76ers announced Saturday that center Joel Embiid will miss Sunday's game against the Detroit Pistons as a result of right elbow inflammation.<p>Continue for updates.<p>Brown Comments on Injury<p>Saturday, Dec. 10<p>The Sixers also tweeted Embiid did not practice with the team Saturday. Tom …

NBA Says It's Not Targeting Draymond Green's Kicking, 'Rules Have to Be Applied to Every Player the Same'

<b>James Harden Responds to Draymond Green, ‘I’m a Trendsetter’</b>

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NBA Coaches Continue to Lead Conversations on Society's Uncomfortable Issues

Less than a week had gone by since the Golden State Warriors lost Game 7 of the Finals, and head coach Steve Kerr was going all-in on police shootings and the need for sensible gun control.<p>After talking at length about the playoffs, Game 7 itself and everything that flowed forth in its wake, Kerr …

The Warriors sparked another big NBA debate

Good morning. We have that and more in Monday's NBA newsletter.<p>Good morning. Let’s basketball.<p><b>BOOGIE NIGHTS:</b> What do you do with DeMarcus Cousins? That’s what Paul Flannery works through in this week’s awesome Sunday Shootaround. Boogie is having the best season of his career but the Kings are …

How Cody Zeller Mastered the NBA's Most Popular Play

NEW YORK — The pick-and-roll has morphed into the NBA's most popular play during recent years.<p>Offensive attacks, such as the one belonging to the Charlotte Hornets—who run pick-and-rolls more frequently than 25 of the league's 30 teams—are built around it. Defensive schemes are predicated on being …

How J.R. Smith Went from Bad Egg to Clown Prince of the NBA

He’s still a wild card, funny and bizarre as ever.<p>Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to wander off the basketball court in the middle of play to hug a player on the opposing team. It’s equally bad form for a player, when pressed about said hug, to give the media a non-response while shrouded in a …

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Spotlight or No Spotlight, Giannis Antetokounmpo Is an NBA Superstar

NEW YORK — It's early in the third quarter of the Milwaukee Bucks' 111-93 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Sean Kilpatrick feeds Trevor Booker a bounce pass just outside the paint. Booker surveys the landscape for a tick, quickly realizing he won't establish proper position as his defender pushes up …

NBA scores 2016: That Warriors-Cavaliers Finals rematch isn’t looking inevitable anymore

What we thought before the season may not be true. Golden State and Cleveland are great, but they’re beatable, too.<p>The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers may still meet in the NBA Finals this year. It has happened two straight seasons, and odds are it will happen a third. But …

Hawks at Lakers live stream: How to watch online

The Los Angeles Lakers (8-9) will host the Atlanta Hawks (10-6) on Sunday night. Here is how to watch this NBA game online.<p>There are eight NBA games …

Report: Phil Jackson's future with the Knicks is 'fluid,' and the Lakers are lurking

This speculation is not stopping anytime soon<p>Here's a story that refuses to go away: New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has an opt-out clause in …

Clippers Hold Rare Practice Following Loss to Pistons

It’s fair to say that in-season practices haven’t been a common occurrence for the Doc Rivers-era Clippers. With veteran teams that seem to …

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Warriors' Draymond Green sits out vs. Wolves with ankle injury

Forward Draymond Green sat out the Golden State Warriors' 115-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves as a precaution Saturday, one night after he …

LeBron drills 1,000th 3-pointer as a Cavalier vs. Sixers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is all about the No. 1000 this week.<p>The 31-year-old played his 1,000th regular-season game Friday in a …

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Draymond: 'No chance' Durant joins Warriors if Thunder beat them

No need to dwell on the past, Oklahoma City Thunder fans, but had your team taken one more game in the Western Conference finals, the NBA would look …

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The young, injured Lakers are about to show what they’re made of

It didn't take long for the shine to rub off of the young Los Angeles Lakers — and after a lackluster double-digit loss to the Golden State Warriors …

Steve Kerr calls Warriors’ win over Lakers one of the worst basketball games ever

On Friday night, the Golden State Warriors went on the road and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by 24. They held Los Angeles to 85 points, won their …

Kevin Martin Announces Retirement From The NBA

Twelve-year NBA veteran Kevin Martin has officially called it a career.<p>The 33-year-old announced his retirement with an advertisement placed in his …

Warriors pull away from Lakers and now have NBA's best record

The<p>Lakersfaced theGolden State Warriorsfor the third time in three weeks Friday — the second time in three days — and a less dramatic affair than either of the first two occurred, with neither team especially inspired.<p>Playing without three starters, some of the Lakers’ old demons returned as the …

NBA scores 2016: Carmelo Anthony won a game for the Knicks, which is still great fun to watch

Carmelo had it all happening on Friday, and that’s still one of the best shows in the NBA when it happens.<p>When Carmelo Anthony has it going, you always know. “The Zone” usually starts with a jumper that has a trajectory so gentle it barely moves the net. Anthony will take another shot on the next …

Nobody should be happier about Warriors having NBA's best record than the Clippers

Chris Paul and Co. have to like this development as they're playing the long game<p>You saw this coming.<p>Sure, the Warriors got blown out in the opener …

Friday NBA Roundup: Warriors Can't Slow Down Now That They Finally Own 1st Place

The Golden State Warriors were practically anointed NBA champions back in July, but it took them a month of the 2016-17 season to scale the standings.<p>Golden State reached the summit by way of what proved to be a pyrrhic 109-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday.<p>Two …

Gregg Popovich blasts Spurs for ‘pathetic performance’ in win against Mavericks

Pop held nothing back despite the Spurs’ victory over Dallas.<p>Gregg Popovich is normally tight-lipped. Reporters tend to have an unusually difficult time extracting usable information from the San Antonio Spurs’ 20-year head coach.<p>But this season has been different.<p>Pop has already chided United …

Detroit Pistons announce plans to move downtown next season

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are ready to move downtown — into what is already being billed as one of the most unique sports neighborhoods in …

Draymond Green Says Getting Kevin Durant Erased The Sting Of The Warriors Blowing A 3-1 Lead

Draymond Green is one of the most outspoken players in the NBA, so when he gets the chance to express himself at length, rather than in a rapid-fire press conference setting, he’s always worth a listen. He sat down for Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast, and among the topics covered was if Green still …

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1st-Place Clippers Continue Passing Tests and Monday NBA Takeaways

There is no defined set of steps in an NBA team’s progress toward true, asterisk-free title contention.<p>But if there were, the Los Angeles Clippers might have ascended to a new one Monday: In matter-of-factly dispatching a Toronto Raptors team 123-115 (that needed the victory more than they did), …