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As Cavs slide, a new No. 1 emerges in NBA Power Rankings

By virtue of Cleveland's three-game skid, there's a new leader in this week's league hierarchy. And how high can streaking Toronto and Oklahoma City climb?

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Sources: '17-18 slate to start 7-10 days earlier

The 2017-18 season is set to start in the Oct. 15 to Oct. 20 range -- up from Oct. 25 this season -- to reduce the number of back-to-backs and four-games-in-five-nights stretches.

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Marcus Smart's promise to the kids

The Celtics' third-year guard is devoted to understanding the challenges of pediatric cancer after losing a brother and young friend to the disease.

LeBron says Cavs' turnaround won't happen in one day (0:37)
Westbrook channels his inner MJ with five straight triple-doubles (0:56)
Davis just watches as Westbrook punishes the rim (0:27)
McGee almost inbounds from the wrong end (0:31)
Green's list of shady kicks continues to grow (0:18)
Rose has found new life in New York (0:52)
Wade does a lot of winning against LeBron (1:29)
Saric fakes and drops Jerebko to the floor (0:26)
Leonard hits game winner for Spurs (0:28)


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Through 20 games, Knicks are scoring 113 points per 100 possessions but allowing 119/100 possessions with Derrick Rose & Brandon Jennings on the floor, per NBA.com. Still, the Rose-Jennings pairing puts particular stress on a defense, as Rose notes:

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources tell ESPN that Mavs have no immediate intention to shop C Andrew Bogut, as their focus for now is trying to salvage their season. However, Mavs management recognizes that Bogut has significant value in the trade market as a proven championship-caliber complementary piece in a contract year and could become motivated to move him if and when it becomes clear that the Mavs have no hope of making the playoffs this season. Several league sources said the Mavs should be able to get a first-round pick from a contender for Bogut.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks will be looking to win their third straight game on Tuesday against Miami and will be up against a banged-up Heat team. Miami will be without Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist) and James Johnson (rotator cuff). The Knicks hope to have starting SG Courtney Lee (ankle) back in the lineup after a two-game absence.

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?Kevin Durant on his Paul George, who he faces tonight: "He's my favorite player in the league."?

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson was singing Rajon Rondo's praises after Friday's win. Less than 24 hours later Rondo gets suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. "He's like a quarterback," Gibson said after Friday's win over the Cavs. "Even though I never really played any contact football -- he always gathers the huddle. He always sees what's going on in the game. He's always encouraging. Like "Come on, let's go. Let's go." He's always pushing it. But he's just a great teammate. I know he got a lot of criticism before the year, a lot of people talk about the negatives that's in him, but he's been showing me nothing but great stuff on and off the court. He's a great player and he's a great leader."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Back to what we intro'd Friday: Word is the 2017-18 NBA season will start in the Oct. 15-20 range with the exhibition slate reduced slightly

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

According to a fresh statement from Matt Barnes' attorney Alex Spiro, Sacramento's Barnes "is cooperating" with the NYPD's investigation."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Monday will have two of the better left-handed players in the game in Houston's James Harden against Boston's Isaiah Thomas facing off. "Lefties are just weird," Harden said. "We're just weirdos. The majority of players are right-handed, just catching defenders off guard, they're not used to guarding left handers especially left handers who are very crafty. (Thomas) is crafty. He gets to the paint and uses his body and he's always in attack mode." What makes lefties weird? "I can't tell you about that," Harden said with a smile. "Next question."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers guard Jose Calderon (right hamstring strain) is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks, the Lakers say. He suffered the injury in Saturday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is listed as probable for tonight's home matchup vs Memphis with a right foot sprain. ESPN reported on Sunday night that Davis underwent an X-ray after a 101-92 loss in Oklahoma City. Tyreke Evans (right knee/left calf) is listed as out, marking the third game since general manager Dell Demps said Evans' return from a 10-month absence would be "sooner rather than later."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raptors are second in the East at 14-6 and riding a six-game winning streak. Do they finally have the Cavs attention? "Nah, they've had our attention," said LeBron James. "They've had our attention for the last couple years. I think they've had the NBA's attention. You don't need them playing well, us not playing well, or us playing well, them not playing well to get their attention. I think it's there."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James has 20 turnovers during the Cavs' three-game losing streak, upping his turnovers per game average to 4.2 per game -- fourth worst in the league, only better than Russell Westbrook (5.7), James Harden (5.5) and John Wall (4.5). "Just too many turnovers," James explained after shootaround Monday in Toronto. "Trying to make too many plays, trying to get my guys opportunities and keep them in rhythm. It costs me sometimes. I take full responsibility of that, but I'm not too much worried about that at all. Just got to be more careful with the ball, but it doesn't matter."