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Melo and Phil: Are they the problem or long-term solution?

Should the Knicks commit to Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson and Derrick Rose long term? Do they need to tank? Our NBA Insiders debate the big questions in the latest round of Knicks drama.

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12hMarc Stein

Sources: Bucks hope Middleton back before ASG

The Milwaukee Bucks think injured swingman Khris Middleton "has a chance" to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star ‎break, according to league sources.

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Westbrook has strong words for Pachulia (0:19)
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Harden, Antetokounmpo put on a show against each other (0:49)
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Can ASG bring KD, Russell back together? (1:47)
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Thomas throws ball between defender's legs (0:20)
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Embiid wants to hear 'Trust the Process' chant (0:24)
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Davis shocked Thunder players didn't back up Westbrook (1:13)
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The city of Boston has given new life to Isaiah Thomas (2:26)
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Carmelo reiterates desire to stay in New York (0:46)
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2dKevin Pelton

Is CP3 the NBA's unluckiest superstar?

Does Chris Paul deserve better luck after the injuries and playoff disappointments? How much will his absence hurt the Clippers? Kevin Pelton takes a look.

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Giannis admits he gets scared playing against great players (0:58)
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The science behind the Greek Freak's skills (2:05)
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Elhassan: Knicks issues stemming from Phil Jackson (0:47)
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Adnan defends Melo in Phil saga (1:37)
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What you missed when Steph Curry drained that halftime buzzer-beater (1:16)
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Melo-drama in New York (3:25)

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

JJ Redick and Austin Rivers going through shooting drills together.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson, with a smile, describing Jimmy Butler: "You never know what you're going to get with Jimmy. He's like one of those patients in the hospital. One day he's going to be like, "Don't talk to me" and pissed off. The next day he's going to be like, "The sun is out." You never know what you're going to get from him, but I know definitely he wants to make the All-Star team. He's been putting a lot of work in for it."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Gibson on Butler saying he doesn't care about making the All-Star Game. "He's lying," Gibson says with a smile.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Gibson says his ankle is feeling "a lot better." Wants to see how he's feeling in the morning before deciding about playing in Hawks game.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says that for now the plan is for Dwyane Wade to play on both ends of a back-to-back. Friday in Atlanta. Saturday at home against the Kings.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Taj Gibson went through practice. They want to see how he goes through shootaround on Friday before making a final decision on his status for the Hawks game.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love (lower back) went through partial participation in Cavs shootaround. He remains questionable for the PHX game Thursday night.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Encouragement for those of you at home: Even Kyle Korver misses open shots in practice.

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Durant, Warriors rout thunder

Kevin Durant throws down two of his game-high 40 points with this high-flying putback slam in Golden State's 121-100 win over Oklahoma City.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Westbrook was asked if he and Durant are on speaking terms and about their "exchange" in the third quarter where they appeared to talk to each other.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on the incident with Zaza Pachulia: "I'm gonna get his ass back for that one."

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