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NBA NEWS-THE DARKO EFFECT-LEONARD & LAKERS

Amid all of the questions and chaos surrounding Kawhi Leonard’s mysterious quadricep injury, it’s easy to forget that he’s only 26 years old. He’s one of the most valuable players in the league. And with Leonard under contract next season and holding a player option for 2019-20, in spite of his reportedly fragile relationship with the Spurs, they aren’t giving one of the best two-way players in the NBA up for nothing. By Kevin Skiver

The collective groan could be heard through the clusters of scouts and NBA executive glitterati gathered here for the draft combine. The “Darko Effect” reared its head Thursday when two more untested prospects decided not to participate in the five-on-five matchups for top prospects. By Pete Thamel

As the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a 2-0 deficit against the Boston Celtics in the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, there continues to be speculation about LeBron James leaving his hometown for the second time in his career. By  Dan Duangdao

Who impressed during the first day of scrimmages at the NBA draft combine? Could Luka Doncic really choose not to enter the draft this year? The answers to those questions and more in our draft dispatch. By JEREMY WOO

Houston’s Clint Capela takes The Crossover through the ins and and outs of the pick-and-roll game—and shows why he’s one of the most critical players in the Western Conference finals. By ROB MAHONEY

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