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James Harden turned Ricky Rubio's legs to Silly Putty, then drilled a 3

This killer stepback made Ricky Rubio crumble into a heap. The phrase "breaking ankles" is used too often when it comes to somebody getting crossed up. It's pretty clear Ricky Rubio's ankles don't break here. It's more like the entire...Show More Summary

Jimmy Butler makes a Superman block against the Bucks

The Bulls' All-Star wing is doing it all this year. In a game where Derrick Rose is 1-for-12, Butler's defensive contributions are keeping Chicago comfortably ahead of the Bucks.

Rudy Gobert casually swats Tim Duncan's shot into the stands

Rudy Gobert has been a highlight machine lately, but there's still something special about rejecting Tim Duncan like this. There haven't been many guys with the physical capabilities of Gobert since Duncan entered the league in 1997...

76ers' Isaiah Canaan redefines the phrase 'catch-and-shoot' on wild shot

We don't even care if he called glass. This is awesome. The most broken play imaginable worked out. Hollis Thompson needed to jump and realized he couldn't land with it, so he threw it in mid-air to Isaiah Canaan. He realized he couldn't catch it, and just knocked it into the air. Show More Summary

Kevin Garnett is already terrifying his new teammates

Happens to everyone, Zach LaVine. Kevin Garnett won't make his homecoming debut in Minnesota until Wednesday, but he's already making an impact in the locker room. "As 1 of our vets told our young guys, 'When KG walks in the locker room,...Show More Summary

JaVale McGee wants to be a mentor for the 76ers

He was traded to Philadelphia last week. Nobody was sure if the Philadelphia 76ers expected any on-court impact from JaVale McGee when they traded for him right at last Thursday's trade deadline, but maybe the two sides are perfect for...Show More Summary

NBA power rankings: Cavaliers break into the top 5

LeBron James and the Cavaliers are on a clear upward trajectory while teams around them stumbled. 1. Golden State Warriors (43-10, Last week: 1) The Warriors dropped one to the Indiana Pacers, but it's not easy adjusting to life without your point guard who just so happens to be a Most Valuable Player candidate. Show More Summary

Gilbert Arenas made 0 the coolest jersey number in the NBA

The former Wizards star may have faded into obscurity, but one key piece of his legacy remains: the number zero. Here is a complete list of notable NBA players who wore zero for all or most of their careers beginning before 2002, per Basketball-Reference: Olden Polynice, Walter McCarty and Orlando Woolridge. Show More Summary

NBA Scores 2015: Never count out the Grizzlies and 3 other things we learned Sunday

No lead is safe against the Memphis Grizzlies, plus three other things we learned Sunday. The Portland Trail Blazers needed a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. They had lost the first two meetings against the Grizzlies this season and a win over a Western Conference power would bode well for a team that had lost 10 of 16 games. Show More Summary

Good morning. The Cavaliers may or may not have chemistry.

That and more in Monday's long NBA newsletter. SUBSCRIBE! Good morning. Let's basketball. NOTHING REALLY CHANGED: Paul Flannery goes deep on the lessons of the wild trade deadline but argues that despite the volume of moves nothing actually changed this season in a way that truly matters. Show More Summary

Russell Westbrook was completely ridiculous again

Make it three straight double-doubles for Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder were without Kevin Durant for the second straight night and for the second straight night Durant's absence was no problem thanks to Russell Westbrook. Show More Summary

Richard Jefferson destroyed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on this monster dunk

Richard Jefferson is 34 years old, but the dude's still got some hops. This was one of those early-2000s Nets era Jefferson dunks, and something you really didn't think you'd see in 2015. This would be neat if it was over a run-of-the-mill...Show More Summary

Kevin Durant undergoes second procedure on right foot

The reigning MVP will be re-evaluated in a week. The Thunder hope he's back before the end of the regular season. Kevin Durant has undergone another surgery on his right foot, the second procedure this season, and will be re-evaluated...Show More Summary

J.R. Smith throws down monster dunk, to LeBron James' delight

My heavens. At a certain point, you have to feel sort of sorry for the Knicks, right? GOOD LORD. LeBron, did you enjoy that? Ah. I see that you did.

Pistons leave Tayshaun Prince wondering, 'What the hell happened?'

After the trade deadline didn't pan out the way he hoped, Prince will play the remainder of the season with the Detroit Pistons. Tayshaun Prince won an NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, but he wants another one. That's...Show More Summary

No Blake Griffin? No problem for the Clippers

Since losing Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers have reeled off four straight wins. On Feb. 8, the Los Angeles Clippers announced Blake Griffin would undergo elbow surgery and miss at least four to six weeks. That same day, they were smacked in the mouth by the Oklahoma City Thunder, losing 131-108. Show More Summary

Have the Thunder already wrapped up the West playoff race?

Oklahoma City took a 1.5-game lead for the eighth spot in the West. With Phoenix picking up the pieces after the trade deadline and New Orleans struggling through injuries, is the race already over? The Oklahoma City Thunder were always...Show More Summary

Suns management fires back at Goran Dragic after trade request

General manager Ryan McDonough and team president Lon Babby responded harshly to Goran Dragic's actions after fulfilling his unexpected trade request. Goran Dragic put the Phoenix Suns in a bind when he requested a trade just before the deadline and said he didn't trust the front office anymore. Show More Summary

Stop rushing to tell us throw-dunking a ball is not a dunk, you miserable, joyless wretches

Some people see really cool things and get excited. Others see really cool things and invent fictional rulebooks to invalidate how cool the cool things are. I am very worried about the second group. In the past few years, a few incredibly...Show More Summary

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