HARDEN DROPS 58 POINTS AND 10 ASSISTS, LAKERS TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT

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Fear The Nets Bryan Toporek | The Basketball Writers
After missing a month following right thumb surgery, Dinwiddie will return to the Nets’ lineup Mike Mazzeo | New York Post
How A CBA Flaw May Prevent A High Draft Pick From Playing In Summer League Danny Leroux | The Athletic
For Isaiah Thomas & The Nuggets: A Delicate Balance Mike Singer | Denver Post
Bulls May Take The Biggest Leap Next Season Matt John | Basketball Insiders
What Counts To Damian Lillard Yaron Weitzman | Bleacher Report
Markkanen & LaVine Are Balling Mark Karantzoulis | Blog A Bull
Okafor Finds Peace Of Mind Staff | Close Up 360 
NBA Star Power Index Brad Botkin | CBS Sports
JaMychal Green Has Had A Great Start To Clippers Career Robert Flom | Clips Nation
In the Lakers’ search for a starting lineup that worked in recent weeks, Rajon Rondo became the odd man out

The Clippers Are Rebuilding The Right Way Justin Jett | Def Pen
Stevn A. Smith stopped himself to talk about how attractive the wife of Knicks head coach David Fizdale Nick Dimengo | Brobible 
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One-Year Deals Have Hindered The Lakers’ Rebuild Sabreena Merchant | Silver Screen And Roll
The Most Interesting Teams & Players From The Season’s 3rd Quarter Dan Devine | The Ringer
Adam Silver explains why he wants Pelicans to play Davis Matthew Schmidt | Clutch Points
Mike Scott Announces His Arrival Simon Smith | Hoops Habit
Magic Showed Their Toughness In Win Over Warriors Josh Robbins | The Athletic
Garrett Temple Plays His Role In Historic Basketball Family Mike Wise | Sports Illustrated
Mitchell Robinson Is Making History Benjamin Hoffman | NY Times
Harkless Gets Back To Setting The Tone Casey Holdahl | Blazers.com

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Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday's game at Staples Center.

Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

New Orleans never led by more than five points, and the Lakers secured their 30th win of the season, winning 125-119

Trae Young Isn’t Wearing Down; He’s Getting Better Michael Cunningham | AJC.com

Nobody Seems To Have Answers Gary Washburn | Boston Globe

Celtics Notebook: Aron Baynes close to return Mark Murphy | Boston Herald

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Westbrook Isn’t Having The Season You Think He Is Matt Moore | The Action Network

NBA’s Best 25 Players Under Age  25 Chris Herring/Bobby Marks/Kevin Pelton | ESPN

The Raptors Are The NBA’s Mystery Contender Paul Flannery | SB Nation

Harris Continues To Show Why He Is So Valuable Tom West | Liberty Ballers

Luka Doncic Is a Sore Loser He’s a Sensation Marc Stein | New York Times

David Frizdale explains what’s behind his relentless optimism Zach Braziller | New York Post 

Joakim Noah’s Career Revival Chris Kern | Beale Street Bears

Drummond Is NBA’s Best Scorer In Restricted Area Since His Return Bryan Kalbrosky | Hoops Hype

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The people and places keeping the Black Fives Era alive Moke Hamilton | The Athletic 

Warriors aim to gain momentum against Heat Jannelle Moore | Bball Index

Markkanen Is Still Beasting Vijay Vemu | Blog A Bull

Donovan Mitchell’s get to the line more frequently, and it has bumped his scoring average Andy Larsen | The Salt Lake Tribune

Rockets Slip by Hornets for third consecutive win Hunter Atkins | Houston Chronicle

The Wolves’ Wing Depth Pietro Caddeo | Bball Index

 

 

NBA/COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS & NOTES

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Who stands the best chance of becoming the next head coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team Ben Bolch | LA Times

Arizona head coach Sean Miller and LSU head coach Will Wade have been subpoenaed in the federal college basketball corruption trial  

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Federal prosecutors are demanding jail time for three men convicted of fraud in the pay-to-play college basketball trial Danielle Lerner | Louisville Courier Journal

Here are the 5 fastest college basketball point guards Joe Boozell | NCAA.com

Kansas isn’t dead yet and remains No. 16 Gary Parrish | CBS Sports

Conference Tournaments 2019 What’s New Chris Dobbertean | Blogging the Bracket

Rules surrounding the speed of the game — and players themselves — were popular topics for our coaches Staff | ESPN.com

Lakers coach Luke Walton wants his team to embrace the sting of back-to-back losses at New Orleans and Memphis Broderick Turner | LA Times 

Assessing Luke Walton & Coaching Staff’s Performance Cranjis McBasketball | BBallIndex

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would be interested in playing for the Lakers someday Bruce Jenkins | San Francisco Chronicle

What the hell is Kyrie Irving thinking Mark Fischer | New York Daily News

Magic struggle with loss to Knicks Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel

Paul Millsap and Nickola Jokic’s vast improvement from last year Bruno Manrique | Clutch Points

Bill Simmons is top NBA personality Staff | Hoops Hype

Joe Harris Just Keeps Hittin’ Buckets Phil Watson | Nothin’ But Nets

Mavs Own The Biggest TPE Ever.  What Does It Mean? David Lord | 247 Sports

Monte Morris NBA’s Best Backup PG? Jared Dubin | The Step Back

Capela-Faried Coupling A Big Development For Rockets Jonathan Feigen | Housotn Chronicle

 

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