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Warriors rise in NBA ranks but face most daunting week

The Warriors host the Cavaliers on MLK Day -- and it doesn't get much easier the rest of the week for our top team. See where all 30 teams rank this week.

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Windhorst predicts intense matchup between Cavs and Warriors (1:20)
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The Jump honors the legacy of MLK (2:06)
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Obama's love of basketball (4:40)
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The unveiling of LeBron's retro-line signature shoe (2:06)
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NBA coaches to honor own with new award

The National Basketball Coaches Association this season will introduce the Michael H. Goldberg Coach of the Year Award.

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Adam Silver thanks the Mexican fans (0:20)
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Embiid delivers hope to long-suffering Sixers fans (1:02)
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Should Isaiah Thomas be starting in the All-Star Game over Irving? (1:00)
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Westbrook's electrifying first half of the season (0:59)
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Embiid pays homage to Triple H (0:24)

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is ruled doubtful to return with right hip and left thumb injuries suffered from a he's fall. X-rays came back negative.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is currently undergoing X-rays to his tailbone after a hard fall in the third quarter, according to the Pelicans.

Embiid throws down gigantic dunk

Joel Embiid shows off his otherworldly athleticism as he runs the floor on the fast break and finishes with an unreal one-handed slam.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis falls hard on his back after a collision with Myles Turner on a dunk attempt. Davis stays in to take the free throws but heads back to the locker room after. The play was ruled a common foul.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said he hadn't heard from Phil Jackson over the Charley Rosen article that stated that he had outworn his 'usefulness' in New York. Anthony also said there's no issue between he and management: "If they want to come talk to me, I'm around them guys every day. I don't want this to be kind of going back and forth between me and the front office, management, because it's really nothing, I responded to an article that I read. That was that. There's nothing between myself and management at this point."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans have been a 3-and-D team of late -- over their past 10, NOLA is 1st in the NBA in defense, 9th in 3-point shooting and 6-4 overall. They have the 3 part down in Indy (57%). But the Pacers shot 58.5% from the floor to hold onto a 54-52 halftime lead.

Make way for Giannis

Giannis Antetokounmpo blows by Gerald Henderson and elevates for a ferocious one-handed dunk in the second quarter.

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Paul George throws down alley-oop dunk

Paul George steals the ball and dishes it to Glenn Robinson III, who returns it to George for the alley-oop slam.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans are showing signs of 10 days on the road in the fifth game of a five-game road swing that started in Boston. New Orleans has turned it over 5 times and is shooting 38 percent from the floor as it trails the Pacers, in their first game back from London, 32-18 after one quarter in Indiana.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony was asked about how "much" he wants to remain a Knick and about his loyalty to the franchise: "I think I've proven that. I don't have to speak on that. I think I've proven that over the years day in and day out." Anthony says he's shown that by being a professional every day in his approach and handling the duties of being the public face of the franchise every day. He's handled that well, in my opinion.

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The Knicks missed three go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds today. It's the second time this season they've missed three go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds. The Knicks are the only team to miss three go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of a single fourth quarter or overtime period this season.

Antetokounmpo with the big block

Giannis Antetokounmpo used every inch of his 7-foot-3 wingspan to chase down Nik Stauskas for this block.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Jennings seems frustrated by the lineup/rotation changes: 'When you come in here you don't really know what's going to happen. So it's kind of no consistency.' Jeff Hornacek switched his starting lineup today, swapping Ron Baker in and Courtney Lee out.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Dejounte Murray is out for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves due to a sprained right ankle.

Schröder sinks Knicks with late 3

Dennis Schröder capped a 28-point performance with this go-ahead 3-pointer with 22.4 seconds left in the Hawks' 1-point win over the Knicks.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said the coaches are looking at all options when asked about the possibility of starting Kristaps Porzingis at center when he returns.