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Rapper Jadakiss dishes out NBA top 5

The MVP of raspy rhymes was in Bristol, Connecticut, promoting his new album, "Top 5 Dead Or Alive." So, naturally, SportsNation asked him to share his all-time NBA starting lineup. Magic at point

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the key factors in the sustained excellence of Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki: I think they have really high character in a sense of being mature enough to understand the responsibility that they have with that talent. They have the mental capacity and mental toughness to understand that they need to bring it every night, and they take pride in that. Thats a special competitiveness and mental acuity that a lot of players just dont have. Most players have no idea what its like to be somebody like that who brings it night after night after night for so many years. Theyre definitely in a special category.

Knicks (8-7) at Magic (6-8)

New York opened a four-game trip with wins over Oklahoma City and Houston to give it four straight victories overall for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 season. A big reason? Rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who is averaging 20 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting 51.9 percent -- 66.7 from beyond the arc -- in the last four games. New York leads early in the first. Follow live

Wizards (6-5) at Hornets (8-6)

The last time the Wizards visited Charlotte, they held the Hornets to 23 second-half points in a 95-69 win March 9 -- the lowest-scoring half in franchise history. Washington looks to end Charlotte's three-game winning streak tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena. Follow live

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

How has Dirk Nowitzki's game changed as he has aged? "Not much. He looks the same to me," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Hes a remarkable player, competitor. Fierce competitor, class act, special guy."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge is playing tonight, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich just said.

Kobe: Lakers have big problems

After the Lakers' 34-point loss to Golden State, Bryant said, "I could've scored 80 ... wouldn't have made a damn difference." He became the first player this season with 4 or fewer points on 14 or more field goal attempts. Entire team is frustrated

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets starting usual a Jack, Hollis-Jefferson, Johnson, Young and Lopez vs. Thunder this evening.

ICYMI: Curry crosses up Clarkson

Stephen Curry used a pick and this really slick behind-the-back dribble to send Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson flying.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart spotted with crutches and brace entering TD Garden. Brad Stevens on the injured guard: We just dont want him to put any pressure on it at all. Its a unique injury. I think its usually an injury thats associated with other areas of your knee getting hurt, so we feel fortunate it is what it is and that its not a long-term thing.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on what he wants from his disconnected Celtics: I just think we need to defend with greater urgency. We need to play offense with more purpose and more ball movement. And we need to play to the standard which weve set for closer to 48 minutes than we have. We just havent done that yet this year. And weve been living on good days, on good quarters."

Stephen A.: 'Kobe should retire right now'

Said First Take's Stephen A. Smith: "It is a damn shame that Kobe has to go out this way, but it is over. They [the Lakers franchise] neglected Kobe Bryant, left him to hang out and dry."


What is Walton's value to Warriors?

The Warriors are currently 16-0 under interim coach Luke Walton. Dan Le Batard is pretty sure they'd have the same record even with a crash-test dummy as coach.


That time KG made Doc cancel practice

Furious about being out of the lineup, Kevin Garnett defied then-Celtics coach Doc Rivers so many times, Rivers chose to cancel practice rather than deal with KG. Leon Powe remembers thinking: "'What is he doing?' That's what we were saying. And at that point you start wondering: Is KG maybe a little crazy after all?" Now a mentor

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Byron Scott says he hasn't considered reducing Kobe Byrant's role or minutes.

Kobe Bryant's new reality

He deflected criticism after tying a career-worst shooting night Tuesday. But Baxter Holmes writes that any excuse seems off the mark, just like many of Bryant's shots. A new low

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Is Ben Simmons the next NBA superstar?

Chad Ford says the LSU freshman has special qualities. "I think what scouts love the most is how Simmons plays the game. He plays with a calm demeanor that belies the fact that he's 19 years old." Future NBA cornerstone (Insider)

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Towns among top DFS plays

Joe Kaiser includes Karl-Anthony Towns in his top recommendations for Wednesday night as the Timberwolves host the Hawks. He sees Towns bouncing back from a subpar game on Monday. Best buys (Insider)

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Walton says the Warriors are at a point in the season where they'll look at back to backs and consider resting guys at the end of the road trip. Something to consider for those on 70+ win watch