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Marc Stein's picks for NBA All-Star reserves

Too soon for Joel Embiid? Should Golden State be sending four to New Orleans? Here's one writer's picks for each team's seven All-Star bench spots.

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1dNick 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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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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Lowry gets tossed after hitting Knight in the head in Raptors' loss (0:38)
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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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2dTom 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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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Carmelo Anthony's streak of seven consecutive All-Star appearances is on the line. He was last snubbed in 2009 ...

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

HUGE Sunday night for two recent visitors to the good karma that flows out of the @TrueHoopTV Conversations podcast: @ebled2 and @karltowns

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Another @micahadams13 gem: @KarlTowns is at 22 PPG and 12 RPG. The last 22-and-12 guy to get an All-Star snub: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in '77-78

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

3. Redd (2006 & '07) and Short ('85 & '86) were snubbed in back-to-back 25+ PPG seasons; Lillard joins 'em if West coaches pass on him again

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

2. Only two players in history have previously posted multiple 25+ PPG seasons without making the All-Star team: Michael Redd & Purvis Short

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

This one's so deep it'll take three tweets. Starting with: 1. Dame Lillard averaged 25.1 PPG last season and is at 26.2 PPG this season ...

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Quite the Boston sports menu on February 5: Appetizer: Paul Pierce's last game in Boston as Celtics host Clippers. Main course: Patriots vs. Falcons, Super Bowl LI.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who has missed three of the last four games with a stomach virus, is expected to play in Monday's game at Milwaukee. Anderson, who missed Saturday's game at Memphis, headed to Milwaukee on Sunday. Anderson told ESPN on Friday he was unable to eat anything for three days. But over the last two days, Anderson has eaten and is feeling better. Anderson is averaging 13.6 points and shooting 42.2 percent from the field.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA's Last Two Minute Report states that Eric Bledsoe did not foul Derrick Rose on late drive. Jeff Hornacek said there was body contact but the L2M states that the Suns point guard "maintains legal guarding position and makes incidental contact with Rose (NYK) that does not affect his drive to the basket and shot attempt."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

In its daily last two minute report, the NBA admitted it made an incorrect call by whistling Marcus Smart for a foul with 10.8 seconds to play in the fourth quarter of Saturday's overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. After Isaiah Thomas missed a jumper with Boston down 111-110, Smart stripped Damian Lillard under the basket and went up with an immediate layup. Referee Bill Kennedy called Smart for a foul and Lillard made two free throws before Boston forced overtime on a Terry Rozier 3-pointer.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Eric Bledsoe records the NBA's 12th 40-point-10-assist game this season. The league totaled 10 such games last season.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Eric Bledsoe is the first Suns player to record at least 40 points and 10 assists in a game since Steve Nash on Dec. 22, 2006 vs the Wizards.

Chriss elevates for one-handed alley-oop

Marquese Chriss almost jumps out of his shoes getting up for the one-handed dunk off of T.J. Warren's lob.

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Towns breezes by Faried for hammer dunk

Karl-Anthony Towns easily drives past Kenneth Faried and throws down a powerful, one-handed dunk.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jordan Clarkson after the most lopsided loss in Lakers history: "Tough game. That's it. A loss is a loss."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers SG Nick Young: "It's a tough loss, but we can't dwell on it."

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