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21hZach Lowe

Ten things I like and don't like, including the joys of Ricky Rubio

Zach Lowe highlights Marcus Smart's new versatility, the Wiz's secret weapons, illegally encroaching coaches and more.

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Warriors looking reminiscent of 73-win team (0:48)
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Warriors' wild week includes wins over Cavs, Thunder and Rockets (2:03)
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Covington hits a late 3 for win (0:59)
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Butler says Bulls are playing 'terrible' (1:02)
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Embiid wanted to get back in there (0:56)
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16hTom Haberstroh

The NBA season is over ... (no, really!)

Now that we're at the midpoint of the season, are you hoping your struggling team can play its way into the playoffs? Well, we have some bad news: Set your alarm for mid-April, because the standings rarely change after Jan. 20. Sorry, Knicks fans!

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76ers surging towards playoff spot (0:54)
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Durant thriving as a Warrior (3:07)
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Wizards assistant out of line? (2:00)
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Magic induct Penny Hardaway into franchise Hall of Fame (1:04)
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Did LeBron send jabs to Phil Jackson with Pop comments? (1:45)
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Covington's winner keeps 76ers rolling

Robert Covington hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds of the Sixers' 93-92 win over the Blazers. Philadelphia has won six of its last seven games.

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Warriors are as good at defending 3-pointers as they are at shooting them. Assistant coach Chris DeMarco had the scout on the Rockets. Contesting 3-pointers was the point of emphasis for the Warriors D. Houston was 7-for-35 on Friday.

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FROM ELIAS: Rudy Gobert is the 4th player in Jazz history with 25 points and 25 rebounds in a game.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

J.J. Barea is expected to miss several games after straining his left calf for the third time this season. "Same calf, different area," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "Just unlucky. It's going to be a while. It's going to be likely weeks and not days."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

George Hill in his feelings about facing the Pacers tomorrow night for the first time since being traded: "None at all. Just another game."

J.A. Adande @jadande

Ugh. The recurring theme for this game is injured Lakers players face-down on the court. 1st D. Russell, now Nick Young

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz 112, Mavs 107 (final in OT). Rudy Gobert (27 points, 25 rebounds) dominated. Dirk Nowitzki (1-of-13 FG) had one of his worst nights.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rudy Gobert (27 points, 25 rebounds) has the first 25-25 night of this NBA season. Both are career highs.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

The Warriors are going have to stay over in Houston due to the weather so they'll have to head to Orlando in the morning. Tip is noon ET on Sunday.