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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

At Rockets practice today, James Harden said he doesn't have ankle problems. He did suffer a badly sprained ankle over the summer and Harden said it didn't occur in the Drew Summer League. "Just trying to get it moving," he said of the ankle. "Get back into five-on-five rhythm."

Fever grab halftime lead over Lynx

Shenise Johnson scored 11 of her game-high 14 points in the second quarter, as Indiana erased a 7-point second-quarter deficit to take a 42-38 lead over Minnesota in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN


Ian Begley @IanBegley

Looks like knee surgery hasn't taken anything away from Carmelo Anthony's shot. He's 10-for-15 for 21 points tonight against Washington.

Watch: Lynx-Fever WNBA Finals, Game 3

The series is tied up at 1-1 after Minnesota beat Indiana in Game 2 on Tuesday. The winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the championship 70 percent of the time since the series went to a best-of-five format in 2005. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN


Howard played hurt in playoffs

Dwight Howard told SportsRadio 610 that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals vs. the Warriors. He averaged 14.4 PPG and 14.4 RPG while playing 38 minutes per game in the series.

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To beat LeBron, don't wear his shoes

King James says he finds a mental advantage over his opponents who wear his LeBron shoes, something he first saw Michael Jordan do. Inspired by MJ

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His & Hers calls for justice for Sefolosha

Michael Smith is pleased with today's acquittal of the Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha but says: "I can't help feel like justice has not been fully served here."


Kobe: I don't need to defend No. 93 ranking

Pressed on what he thought of his spot in ESPN's NBARank project, Kobe Bryant said, "Please don't ask me about silly stuff like that." How NBARank is compiled

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki, who the Mavs are easing in to practices after he played for Germany this summer, did full-speed 5-on-5 work today for first time since camp started. "I subbed in after the guys got a little tired," he said. "I actually looked decent then."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs C JaVale McGee has progressed enough in his rehab to begin pick-and-roll work with coach Rick Carlisle.


Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

After Dwight Howard injured the knee, he used a heavy brace to stabilize it and played Game 2 of WCF with no apparent serious issues.

NBArank 71-80: Barnes checks in

Warriors F Harrison Barnes, fresh off an NBA championship, improved his rank by more than 40 spots from last year. A new player is being unveiled every hour. NBArank 71-80

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Sefolosha found not guilty on charges

The Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha has been acquitted on misdemeanor charges stemming from an April incident at a New York City nightclub, where Sefolosha suffered a broken leg and was charged with obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Story

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