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Steph Curry might be the grittiest player in the NBA

When you think of grit in the NBA, you probably don't think of two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry draining 3-pointers from impossible range. But maybe you should.

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Durant shoots away in empty gym and yells at himself (0:24)
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Fantasy basketball Week 2 Insider cheat sheet

All of the best fantasy basketball advice and relevant information from our Insider experts in one place, including Chicago's backcourt, Jabari Parker, Jeff Teague and Philadelphia's rookies.

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Neil Paine

The Chris Paul Conundrum

Few point guards in NBA history have the résumé to go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. So how can it be that he's never played in the conference finals?

Jalen & Jacoby: What will Barkley's statue look like? (1:16)
Green, Durant visit the San Quentin Warriors (6:40)
Why the Warriors' best lineup struggled (1:34)
Westbrook doing it all without KD (0:53)
Billups agrees with Russell's comments about Kobe (1:08)


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Nene is probable with a right thigh contusion.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki missed shootaround due to a stomach illness. "We think he's going to be OK to play tonight," Rick Carlisle said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say that Ron Baker (sprained ankle) is questionable for Saturday's home opener. Sasha Vujacic is the third point guard at the moment, with Baker behind him.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

J.J. Barea on importance of making James Harden work on defense: "Whoever he's guarding has got to be aggressive."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes is ready to greet fans for his Dallas home debut.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue says that Iman Shumpert has been cleared from the concussion protocol. He'll be in the lineup Friday against Toronto. "He's ready to play," Lue said before shootaround. "That's a good thing for us."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Channing Frye did not travel with the Cavs to Toronto. He was excused to attend to a personal matter. He is considered doubtful to rejoin the team in time for the Raptors game Friday night.

Howard posts double-double in Hawks' win

Dwight Howard had a stellar debut with the Hawks, scoring 11 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in Atlanta's 114-99 win over the Wizards.


New team, newfound 3-point range

Dwyane Wade made just seven 3-pointers last season, but he had four Thursday night in his Bulls debut, including a clinching dagger late in the game against the Celtics.


Wade gets warm welcome in Bulls debut

Dwyane Wade received a nice ovation from the United Center crowd after being introduced before his first game as a member of the Bulls.


Blake Griffin rises up for huge block

The Clippers forward sent this Maurice Harkless shot into the third row.


Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Can we just sim ahead to a Blazers-Clippers playoff rematch? (Also I'm currently on pace to endorse 82 different Blazers playoff series.)

Crowder-Butler collision leads to scuffle

Tempers flared in the Celtics-Bulls game after Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler collided. After the pushing and shoving ended, Butler, Crowder, Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Thomas all received technical fouls.


Wade leads Bulls to win over Celtics

In his first game with the Bulls, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, including a game-clinching 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to help Chicago to a 105-99 victory over the Celtics.