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Are NBA's best two teams and MVP playing in Warriors-Clippers?

5-on-5 debate: Does Wednesday night's Warriors-Clippers matchup (10:30 ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) feature the two best teams in the NBA?

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LeBron's feud with Jackson goes deeper than the word 'posse' (2:32)
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Stephen A. calls Phil Jackson a 'bully,' blasts his lack of humility (1:44)
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Gordon shines with double-pump reverse jam (0:19)
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Doris Burke confused by Drake's advances (1:50)
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How does Bird stack up against LeBron? (1:58)
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Larry Bird sets Boston record with 60-point performance (1:37)
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Jackson's no-look, backward pass is filthy (0:25)
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Gobert slams home reverse alley-oop (0:28)
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Was Phil purposefully 'shading' LeBron with 'posse' comments? (1:46)
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Cavs-Knicks meet Wednesday in wake of Phil's 'posse' comments (0:52)
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LeBron believes Westbrook is capable of averaging a triple-double (1:00)
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Is Westbrook a lock for MVP? (1:39)
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Can the Clippers stop the Warriors? (0:59)
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Are Klay, KD more vital to Warriors than Steph? (1:52)
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Should Klay have gone for more points? (1:03)
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Doc on outburst: 'That's not who I am' (1:23)

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics will start Marcus Smart in place of injured Isaiah Thomas vs the Magic. Boston also shuffles Amir Johnson back into the starting lineup after going small Monday vs. Houston.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Jrue Holiday (left turf toe) and E'Twaun Moore (right toe contusion) listed as questionable for tomorrow vs. Philly. Tyreke Evans (right knee/left calf) is still out.

ESPN Stats and Information  

LeBron James had a triple-double in each of his last two games against the Knicks. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the only player in NBA history with triple-doubles in three straight games against the Knicks is Oscar Robertson, who had two three-game streaks.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Golden State Warriors players and coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland Fire relief. Team launches PSA to raise awareness. Info at warriors.com/OaklandFire

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce they have recalled Doug McDermott, R.J. Hunter and Paul Zipser from the D-League.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwight Powell, who the Mavs gave a four-year, $37 million deal this summer, will see his playing time increased significantly while Andrew Bogut recovers from a knee injury. Powell got off to a slow start this season but has averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds in the last two games. "He's progressing game to game, no question about it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's gaining experience, recognition of situation, teammates being on the same wavelength with him. Many, many positives."

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant says three people made it tough to say no the Clippers in free agency last summer

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is having an MVP-caliber season, but Alvin Gentry agreed it'd be tough to for him to make voters' ballots given the Pelicans' struggles. "It's unfortunate for him, because to me he's having an unbelievable, MVP season," Gentry said. "When you think about what he's done and the defenses that he's faced, and still the numbers that he's put up. And not just the offensive numbers he's put up, but being able to lead the league in blocked shots. He's been really solid defensively in what we're trying to do. He guarded [Marc] Gasol and did a good job on him. All of those things right there, it's just unfortunate that our record is not better. Because I think if our record was better, obviously they we would be speaking about him being in the MVP race."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry when asked how he's handling the Pelicans' 7-15 season, which comes on the heels of a 30-52 first season in New Orleans: "Frustrating. Frustrating. Very frustrating, to be honest with you. I had higher expectations … and thought that we would have less injuries, to be honest with you. Obviously the Jrue [Holiday] thing isn't anything that anyone can help. It's just an unfortunate thing. The greatest thing about that is that everybody came out [healthy]. Lauren seems to be doing great. JT, his daughter, is doing great. To me, that was the most important thing out of that. It's unfortunate, because Jrue is healthy and ready to go, and I think he was so excited about it. [But] that kind of threw us behind the 8-ball right away. It's frustrating, I'm not going to lie about it. It really is. "As I say all the time, you can do one or two things: You can have pity parties for yourself or you can sit down and every night I try to figure out a way that we can put us in a situation to win games. That's what I'm supposed to do."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams was asked about marijuana and its potential medicinal value from a player perspective. His answer, per the usual, was different.

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Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Kevin Durant said DeAndre Jordan wanted him to join Los Angeles Clippers, but in end Durant said Jordan just wanted what's best for him.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Steve Kerr answered numerous questions about Klay Thompson and ended it by saying, "and we're not trading Klay to Boston."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving save some of their best for Madison Square Garden. The two Cavs rank in the top five highest career scoring averages at the current MSG (minimum: five games) according to ESPN Stats and Info. Michael Jordan (31.8 PPG), Kevin Durant (31.7), Kobe Bryant (29.9), James (28.5) and Irving (28.4) have lit up the Garden consistently.