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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors roll; an East sleeper gains trust

By blitzing through their toughest stretch, the Warriors have become the juggernaut the NBA feared was coming. After No. 1, there's plenty of movement, including a sudden rise in the East.

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2dNick Friedell

Kings' Cousins mocks 'incredible' referee call

DeMarcus Cousins has a long history of losing his cool toward officials, but the Kings' big man used a different tactic and took to sarcasm to mask his frustration after a questionable call.

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How will the Lakers fix their problems? (2:09)
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7hKevin Pelton

NBA's best bargain trade targets

Buy low! That's what any team wants to do before the trade deadline. Here are six NBA names to go get.

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Lowry gets tossed after hitting Knight in the head in Raptors' loss (0:38)
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Sunday's NBA action included big dunks, clutch shots (0:52)
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On this date: Thompson's 37-point quarter (1:36)
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LeBron, Lue have no answer for Pop's Spurs (1:35)
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Westbrook can't blame media for not starting All-Star Game (1:07)
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Wilbon amazed by Kawhi's brilliance (1:47)
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Questionable foul on Wade infuriates Cousins in Bulls' win (1:32)
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LeBron, Lue say Cavs made too many mistakes (0:51)
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Marcus Morris tips in game winner over his brother (0:43)
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Magic wants KD involved in MVP conversation (2:14)
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Warriors triumph over rivals during wild win streak (2:03)
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Butler says Bulls are playing 'terrible' (1:02)
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3dTom 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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Ginobili goes one-on-one with old teammate (1:56)

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

On his Facebook page, Jeremy Lin said his re-aggravated hamstring injury "is the least severe of the three (but) this third injury has been a hard one to deal with mentally." "There's something so draining about the yo-yo effect of going from injured to healthy to injured to healthy that in some ways it would have been easier to have an injury where I knew from the beginning I would be out for a long, set amount of time," Lin wrote. "... People may ask if I rushed back. I can confidently say I didn't. I checked every single check box that needed to be checked before returning and progressed carefully through my rehabs. The reality is that even when we plan for things to go a certain way, sometimes God has other plans."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid won Eastern Conference Player of the Week despite averaging only 25 minutes a game in 3 wins last week. He averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks during that span.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid and the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 22. Leonard led the Western Conference in scoring (36.3 ppg) and added 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists as the Spurs went 3-0. The 6-7 forward shot 56.5 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from three-point range and 96.0 percent from the free throw line. Definitely deserving.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said guard Avery Bradley (strained Achilles) is "going to be out all week." The Celtics play four games in five nights starting Tuesday in Washington. Gerald Green and Demetrius Jackson also won't make the trip to DC due to illness. Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko, who were ill, are feeling better and will travel.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder on if he expects more extracurriculars with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday: "I lost $25,000, so you won't see too much out of me. For real."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Dekker took heat from some fans in his native state of Wisconsin when the Rockets beat the Bucks on Jan. 18. "I don't know what I did to them," Dekker said of that game when he scored five points. "The Bucks' fans were on me for some reason I don't know what it was. I'm a long time guy, it was my team growing up. I feel like I played a lot of good basketball in my day in the state but I was surprised at some of the stuff I saw. It's all good, it should be a lot of fun on Monday." Rockets visit Bucks tonight and Dekker, a native of Sheboygan, is coming off a career-high 30 point Saturday night at Memphis.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Manu Ginobili (back spasms) and Tony Parker (left foot pain) are both out for Monday's matchup against the Nets. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) remains out as well.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors will rest Andre Iguodala for this evening's game against the Miami Heat.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors say Andre Iguodala will rest for this game ?against Miami tonight

Bill Walton @BillWalton

The NBA and the world just lost a great man in Michael Goldberg, he gave his life for us, please light an eternal candle of gratitude (1/2)

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In those same six games, when working as the primary defender, Durant has forced almost as many turnovers (13) as made baskets conceded (15)

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Is Kevin Durant trying to crash the DPOY race? Oponents are shooting 25% from the field when guarded by KD in Golden State's last six games.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The San Antonio Spurs today announced Monday they have signed Joel Anthony to a 10-day contract. Anthony (6-9, 245) spent time in training camp with the Spurs appearing in six preseason games, averaging 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.9 minutes before being waived Oct. 22.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Hamstring injuries/leg muscle strains too common in NBA and the greater hoops world. This year: Chris Paul, K. Middleton, Beal, J. Lin, etc.