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NBA All-Star mock draft – Who could LeBron and Steph pick?

10:07 PM ET Kevin Arnovitz Close ESPN Staff Writer NBA writer for ESPN.com since 2008 Former contributor and editor at NPR Chris Forsberg Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered Celtics since 2007 Emmy award-winning videographer Joined ESPNBoston.com in 2009 0:58 The new NBA All-Star Game format will see each conference’s leading vote-getter assemble a lineup from proficient veterans and newcomers alike. The NBA has announced the 24 players who’ll be All-Stars this season, but we still don’t know which players will be playing for which team. That mystery will be solved…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo offered to intervene before Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd said that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo called him about 15 minutes before Kidd was officially notified he’d been fired by the Bucks and offered to help save his job. “He called me and said, ‘Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but [they] are gonna let you go,’” Kidd told ESPN. Kidd said he replied, “I had a feeling that was gonna take place.” To which Antetokounmpo responded, “‘What can I do? I’ll call the owners, I’ll call my agent.” Jason Kidd has been fired…

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Doc Rivers of Los Angeles Clippers ejected — ‘Ref told me I couldn’t talk’

LOS ANGELES — Clippers coach Doc Rivers became the latest in a long line of players and coaches to voice his displeasure with the referees this season after a 126-118 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. After watching his team rack up four technical fouls in the fourth quarter, which included the ejections of Rivers and assistant coach Mike Woodson, the head coach sounded off in frustration. “Listen, we don’t want to get fourth-quarter techs,” Rivers said. “My tech, by that time, the game was over. I literally…

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Kevin Love target of ire in Cleveland Cavaliers meeting

10:38 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Cleveland Cavaliers held a fiery team meeting in the practice facility locker room prior to Monday’s practice, during which several players challenged the legitimacy of Kevin Love‘s illness that led him to leave Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City early and miss Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN. Several players were pushing for the Cavaliers’ management and coaching staff to hold Love accountable for leaving the arena before the end of Saturday’s game, and then missing Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN. The meeting was…

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Kawhi Leonard’s relationship with San Antonio Spurs becoming strained

1:06 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Michael C. Wright Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2010 Previously covered Bears for ESPN.com Played college football at West Texas A&M Months of discord centering on elements of treatment, rehabilitation and timetables for return from a right quadriceps injury have had a chilling impact on San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard‘s relationship with the franchise and coaching staff, league sources told ESPN. Under president and coach Gregg Popovich and general manager RC Buford, the Spurs have a two-decades-long history of strong relationships with…

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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker comes off bench for 21st time of his career

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker met with Gregg Popovich before Sunday’s 94-86 loss against the Indiana Pacers, and the coach told him he “thought it was time” to go with someone else in the starting lineup. So Parker came off the bench for the 21st time of his career (regular and postseason combined), and for the first time since the 2010 playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. “I was like, ‘Oh, no problem,’” an upbeat Parker said when reacting to Popovich’s decision. “Just like Manu [Ginobili],…

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Kyrie Irving says slumping Celts need to learn to ‘weather the storm’

BOSTON — Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving says his team was overdue for a bit of adversity and wants the Celtics to embrace one of the few rough patches the team has encountered this season. After sitting out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers due to shoulder soreness, Irving returned Sunday to score a game-high 40 points, but the Celtics couldn’t rally out of a 19-point hole while falling to the Orlando Magic 103-95 at TD Garden. Told that teammate Al Horford had suggested that the Celtics need to play…

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Clint Capela says Houston Rockets ‘better’ than Golden State Warriors

HOUSTON — Superstar guard James Harden called the Houston Rockets’ 116-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night important “for our swag,” which was soaring after the Rockets claimed the regular-season series over the defending NBA champions. “We’re confident because we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to beat them,” Rockets center Clint Capela told ESPN. “We’ve got to keep playing. We know that they’re going to come back if we have the lead, and we’ve just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes…

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Warriors aren’t worried about Rockets despite losing season series

HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors are not concerned with the Houston Rockets after losing the season series tiebreaker in a 116-108 loss Saturday night at Toyota Center. Houston won the series 2-1. If both teams end the season with identical records, the Rockets would get the higher seed and home-court advantage should they meet in the postseason. “No,” Kevin Durant responded when asked if it mattered. “The season starts over when you’re in the playoffs anyway, so it doesn’t matter. You’re going to have to get through these teams…

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LeBron James says Cleveland Cavaliers would get eliminated early if playoffs began today

CLEVELAND — Following one of the Cavaliers‘ most inept defensive performances of the season, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes. The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began…

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