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Damian Lillard, LeBron James, and the NBA’s need for stars on bad teams

Damian LillardPhoto: GettyImages It’s no secret that this current iteration of the NBA has struggled to make its regular season meaningful. Star players miss games night to night, and the matchups we anticipate because they could be a preview of the postseason all of the sudden are rendered moot. Only two things really move the …

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Nets keep Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and TJ Warren home

BOSTON — The Nets left their injured trio of Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and TJ Warren home, not having them travel for Wednesday’s 139-96 loss to the Celtics. But they claim Simmons and Warren are trending towards a return Saturday at home against the Wizards. Durant’s knee should get reevaluated shortly thereafter, with continued sentiment …

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RJ Barrett’s benching down stretch raises Knicks questions

RJ Barrett’s benching certainly was notable Tuesday night, especially because of his unmistakable unhappiness over it afterward. Still, it wasn’t the first time in recent games that the $107 million wing watched from the sidelines down the stretch, with Tom Thibodeau increasingly leaning on Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes instead. Thibodeau took the drastic step …

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Pistons unable to leave Dallas after playing Mavericks due to weather, plane issues: Sources

The Detroit Pistons are stuck in Dallas until at least Wednesday, the day they’re scheduled to play against the Washington Wizards in Detroit, team sources told The Athletic. The Pistons faced the Mavericks on Monday night but were unable to leave after the game due to an issue with the plane and the weather in …

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Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau benches RJ Barrett during crunch time

This wasn’t the substitution the Knicks paid $107 million to make. But there Tom Thibodeau was, with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter, subbing out RJ Barrett in favor of Immanuel Quickley, the third-year guard who has become a defensive spark. That’s how it stayed — through the rest of regulation, through all of overtime …

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Hollinger’s 2023 NBA All-Star reserves: Who makes the cut?

The NBA announced starters for the All-Star Game late last week and will release the coaches’ picks for reserves on Thursday. I went through this exercise with our Josh Robbins three weeks ago, but the landscape has shifted since then. Additionally, the selection of the starters now pins all the attention on the seven reserve …

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Jaren Jackson Jr.’s stats aren’t biased. A former NBA scorekeeper explains the process

This weekend, in the span of just hours, Grizzlies center Jaren Jackson Jr. was accused and then vindicated of benefiting from hometown scoring bias that inflated his defensive stats. A viral Reddit post claimed the Grizzlies scorekeepers were potentially engaged in a conspiracy to log all borderline calls as Jackson steals or blocked shots to …

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Hollinger: Do Lakers, Pacers suggest more moves to come? Scouting Kansas’ Gradey Dick

That noise you heard was 2023 free agency starting. Nobody sent out a memo, but two roster moves this past week were the first salvos in what promises to be an active NBA offseason. Fear not, however, treat groups, because those moves also portend more interesting times in the short term as well. After a …

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