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Shooting guard RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks left Thursday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns with what the team said was a sprained right ankle. He will not return.

Barrett limped off the court and went directly to the locker room for evaluation in the middle of the third quarter after he appeared to turn his ankle.

The rookie had seven points and two assists before exiting. Barrett is averaging 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

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Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone has signed a contract extension through the 2022-23 season, league sources told ESPN.

The Nuggets made official an agreement on Tuesday.

Malone, 48, was awarded his second extension in consecutive years, reflecting the team’s steady climb into Western Conference contention under his watch. Denver reached the playoffs for the first time under Malone a year ago, advancing to the West semifinals before losing a seven-game series to Portland.

Denver’s management — governor Josh Kroenke, president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and GM Arturas Karnisovas — hired Malone at the start of a difficult franchise rebuild in 2015, and allowed him to develop an increasingly talented core of young players.

“His tireless work ethic and passion are clearly reflected in the continued improvement of our roster,” Connelly said in a statement. “We are all extremely excited for him to continue to lead our team as we try to build a championship-level organization.”

The Nuggets’ victory total has increased in each of his seasons (33, 40, 46 and 54). The Nuggets are 21-8 this season, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers in the West standings.

“None of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication and trust from our players as well as the entire coaching staff,” Malone said in a news release. “I’d also like to thank the amazing fans in Denver who have helped make Pepsi Center one of the toughest places to play in the NBA once again. I look forward to continuing our ultimate goal of winning NBA championships.”

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Carmelo Anthony has been activated by the Portland Trail Blazers and will start at power forward in Tuesday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans and could be in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future, according to coach Terry Stotts.

When asked if Anthony was going to start as the team’s starting power forward after Tuesday’s game, Stotts said, “I don’t see why not.”

Anthony is expected to play 20 minutes, a source told ESPN’s Marc Spears.

“This, from our standpoint, is a good fit for us,” Stotts said pregame. “He fills a need, but for him… obviously he’s been out of the league for a while and I’m sure he’s glad to be back in.”

Anthony, who has not played since Nov. 8, 2018, will start alongside Hassan Whiteside, Rodney Hood, CJ McCollum and Anfernee Simons with Damian Lillard out with a back injury. It’s Anthony’s first start since Oct. 30, 2018 when he was with the Rockets. That night, Houston played Anthony’s new team, the Portland Trail Blazers.

Stotts said Anthony “looked good at the gym this morning” during Portland’s shootaround on Tuesday morning. However, Stotts added that getting back in NBA shape will be the biggest transition for Anthony, who hasn’t played in an NBA game in 376 days.

Anthony, 35, will wear jersey No. 00. The 10-time All-Star has not played since Nov. 8, 2018, with the Houston Rockets.

“Carmelo is an established star in this league that will provide a respected presence in our locker room and a skill set at a position of need on the floor,” Blazers president Neil Olshey said.

Anthony will have a base salary of $2.159 million.

The contract will become fully guaranteed if Anthony is not waived by 5 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Carmelo Anthony has not played since Nov. 8, 2018, with the Houston Rockets.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Monday night, Anthony said, “The last year and a half has been an emotional roller coaster.

“I’ve always kept my eye on Portland. It just didn’t work out other times, but now it seems like it’s a perfect opportunity.”

Anthony said he got the call from the Blazers on Wednesday and committed on Thursday.

“Me and Dame [Lillard], we’ve been talking for the past couple years … off and on,” he said. “Me and CJ [McCollum] have been playing in my Black Ops runs for the past four years.

“I just look at the opportunity and say, ‘This is what I can bring to the team. This is where I can help.’ It will only work if all parties see it the same way.”

Anthony has career averages of 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.02 steals in 1,064 games over 16 seasons with the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston.

Among active players with at least 200 games played, Anthony ranks fourth in career points per game, and he has the second-most career points among active players, trailing only LeBron James.

Power forward was the position where the Blazers were most vulnerable, and a shoulder injury to Zach Collins amplified the void there.

Anthony could fit in well with the Blazers, who have struggled to get production from their forwards this season.

Anthony hasn’t played since a 10-game run with the Rockets that ended early in the 2018-19 season.

“What happened before is the past,” Anthony said. “I can’t dwell on that. I learned from that. This happened at a point and time in my life where I do have a lot of clarity and understanding of different situations and just life, and my approach is totally different.”

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Which players defined the past 10 NBA seasons?

We posed this question to a panel of ESPN’s NBA experts: Who was the player of the decade? Voters ranked their top three picks in order — considering the 2009-10 season through 2018-19 — and here are the results.

LeBron James was an overwhelming pick at No. 1, with a tight race between former teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for Nos. 2 and 3.

Three members of our panel — Kirk Goldsberry, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps — highlight what made each of these three players a defining superstar of the 2010s.

1. LeBron James

Teams

  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 2009-10
  • Miami Heat: 2010-14
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 2014-18
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 2018-19

Kirk Goldsberry: LeBron James is the defining player of the 2010s, and it’s not close. The only people who have had better NBA decades than 2010s LeBron are Michael Jordan in the 1990s and Bill Russell in the 1960s. Neither of those guys played in a league as deep or as competitive as the one James dominated over these past 10 seasons.

James was clearly the best on-court performer we watched this decade. In case you might disagree, consider these facts:

  • He led all scorers this decade … by a lot
  • He ranked fourth in total assists and 10th in total rebounds
  • He was the only player in the top 10 in points, rebounds and assists

James is the greatest basketball player since Jordan, and most of his prime fell squarely in the 2010s. He began this decade as a 25-year-old NBA superstar with one Finals appearance and zero championships. He will end it as a 35-year-old global icon with nine Finals appearances, three titles and three Finals MVP awards. When we look back at his incredible career, we will look back mostly at the 2010s.

Not only did James appear in the NBA Finals every season between 2011 and 2018 but he also was arguably the best player in every one of those series. In addition, the dude racked up more than 1,500 more buckets than Stephen Curry and James Harden and 500 more than Kevin Durant.

LeBron received nearly every first-place vote available from our panel, and that’s how it should be. Don’t get me wrong — Durant and Curry are marvelous, game-changing megastars, but neither of them controlled this decade nearly as much as James. He is deeply intertwined with every major trend this decade on and off the court.

Although the rise of 3-point shooting is the definitive on-court trend of the 2010s — and Curry is the definitive shooter of our time — that’s only part of the story. Curry made an astronomical 2,483 3-pointers during the 2010s. Harden ranked second with 2,025. But, in that same time period, James assisted on 2,107 triples, by far the most in the NBA. So while Curry might deserve all the credit in the world for changing how we look at long-range shooting this decade, James deserves some for changing the way we look at long-range shot creation. His play is integral to the tactics driving the trend.

Durant is a better pure scorer than James, and Curry is a better pure shooter, but James is a more complete superstar. When you consider his playoff success and the stat totals, it’s virtually impossible to argue any other player was as dominant on the court.

Oh, and James has made First-Team All-Defense three times this decade, too. Neither Curry nor Durant has ever done that.

James wasn’t simply the league’s most impactful player on the court. Off the floor, he reshaped how we look at superstardom and player movement in pro sports. If you’re searching for the origin of contemporary player empowerment in the NBA and beyond, look no further than July 8, 2010, in Greenwich, Connecticut. His televised free-agency decision might have been kind of clumsy, but it was unquestionably the seminal moment for a decade in which dozens of the game’s biggest talents all seemed to switch teams, demand trades and join forces in ways we’d never seen before.

Before King James shocked the world in 2010 and took his talents to South Beach, July was a sleepy month on the NBA calendar. Nowadays the league sets its phones on fire for two straight weeks with breaking news bombs in ways that would be incomprehensible to basketball fans in the pre-LeBron era.

In the end, it’s the overwhelming breadth and relentlessness of James’ greatness that make him the most definitive player of the 2010s.

2. Stephen Curry

Team

  • Golden State Warriors: 2009-19

Kevin Pelton: When the 2010s began, LeBron James was an easy choice as the decade’s best player. He had already led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals and won his first MVP before celebrating his 26th birthday. Stephen Curry’s future was far less clear. Back when the calendar turned from 2009 to 2010, Curry was a rookie who was averaging 11.8 points per game through the first two months of his NBA career while taking a back seat to backcourt-mate Monta Ellis.

Sure, Curry had already made a name for himself in college by leading Davidson to the 2008 Elite Eight. But skepticism persisted over whether a skinny, 6-foot-3 guard who relied on 3-pointers could become a star in the NBA even before recurring ankle injuries put Curry’s career in jeopardy early in the decade. After all, he was the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA draft, going behind two players — Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet — who have long since washed out of the league.

Fast-forward a decade, and the NBA has been remade in Curry’s image. Back in 2009, 3-point attempts seemed to have stalled out at about 22% of all NBA shots. Over the past five years, 3-pointers have increased at a faster rate than at any point aside from when the league briefly moved the line in to 22 feet, reaching more than 36% of shot attempts last season. And pace of play has skyrocketed from 94.1 possessions per 48 minutes in 2008-09 to 102.4 last season.

It’s not just that 3s are up. Specifically, Curry has helped popularize 3-pointers off the dribble (up almost 50% as a percentage of all shots between the first season for which camera-tracking data is available and 2018-19, per Second Spectrum data) and shots from beyond 30 feet (attempts from 30-40 feet are up nearly 250% between 2008-09 and 2018-19, according to Basketball-Reference.com).

Most of that change has occurred over the five seasons since Curry went from budding star to two-time MVP, leading the Warriors to three championships in the process. Other teams have sought to imitate the style that made Golden State so great, which starts with Curry being a threat teams have to account for anywhere beyond midcourt.

Having joined the Bill Russell-era Boston Celtics as the second team to reach five consecutive NBA Finals, the Warriors are the team of the decade. And nobody has been more important to their success than Curry, who has played two different roles for Golden State.

At first, Curry was the focal point of a team that came out of nowhere to win the 2015 championship and an NBA-record 73 games the next season. He won back-to-back MVP awards, the latter as the first unanimous selection in league history and as one of just four players all decade — a group that doesn’t include LeBron, believe it or not — to average at least 30 points per game for a season.

After the Warriors lost to James’ Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, with the MCL sprain Curry suffered earlier in the playoffs helping limit his output, he changed his game to accommodate Kevin Durant’s arrival via free agency. It was Curry, not Durant, who was forced to adjust by playing less frequently with the ball in his hands and taking fewer shots. He sacrificed a chance at additional MVPs in the name of team success and was rewarded with two more championship rings.

Although we’ll look back on LeBron as the decade’s best player, Curry’s rise best symbolizes where the NBA appears headed as skill and speed gain favor over size and strength. While those trends had begun with rules changes in the previous decade, it took a player as singularly capable of exploiting them as Curry to open the league’s eyes to what now seems possible.

3. Kevin Durant

Teams

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 2009-16
  • Golden State Warriors: 2016-19

Tim Bontemps: Kevin Durant would deserve this spot based on his incredible on-court production alone — one MVP, two Finals MVPs, four scoring championships. But by factoring in all the ramifications from his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors as a free agent in 2016, he becomes a lock as a defining player of the decade.

LeBron made a somewhat similar decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat in 2010. It was a pioneering move that changed NBA free agency and leaguewide player movement. Yet consider all the ways Durant’s choice to team up with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green completely reshaped the NBA.

There isn’t a comparison in league history for a player of Durant’s caliber choosing to join a team that was already better than the rest of the competition. Durant, Curry, Thompson and Green combined to give the Warriors four of the top 20 players in the NBA — a quartet of stars that simply overwhelmed the opposition en route to a pair of titles even while rarely looking fully engaged. They confidently trailed at halftime of Games 6 and 7 of the 2018 Western Conference finals before dispatching the Houston Rockets. They felt inevitable until wear, tear and injuries caught up to them this past season.

Beyond the accomplishments in Golden State — and his many accolades in OKC at the beginning of the decade — consider the ripple effects from KD’s stunning move:

• The Thunder appeared set to battle the Warriors for West supremacy for the next several seasons after their epic 2016 playoff matchup. Instead, OKC has yet to win another postseason series. Now Russell Westbrook is in Houston and the team could be headed toward a full rebuild.

• In 2015, James and the Cavaliers gave the Warriors all they could handle after Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving suffered season-ending injuries. In 2016, Cleveland came back from down 3-1 in the Finals to win the city’s first championship in any sport in 50 years. Under normal circumstances, the Cavs might have earned another title (don’t forget how good that 2017 team looked rolling through the East). Instead, Durant’s arrival eliminated Cleveland’s chances. Within two years, Irving had demanded a trade and James had left for Los Angeles.

• In 2017, the league and the players’ association agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that included the designated veteran extension, otherwise known as the supermax. It was supposed to help teams like OKC keep players like Durant. Instead, there has been a steady stream of players who — of their own volition (Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis) or their team’s (Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins and Kemba Walker) — have gone elsewhere anyway.

• The LA Clippers shifted into asset-collection mode and away from their star-studded roster — beginning with the Chris Paul trade in the summer of 2017 — after seeing they had no chance of beating Golden State. If the Warriors don’t add Durant, maybe a version of that Clippers squad is still together.

• And now, after the Toronto Raptors’ championship and Durant’s departure for the Brooklyn Nets, the power dynamic in the league looks more balanced. Seeing their opportunity to strike after hoarding assets during Golden State’s reign, teams made huge, win-now moves during a seismic summer. The list of real contenders runs deeper than it has at any time since Durant left OKC.

No other single decision has had so many ripple effects on the rest of the NBA.

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On Jan. 17, 2017, the Golden State Warriors held a rather elaborate ceremony at what was then just a big pile of dirt in San Francisco. The ownership group, which had invested approximately $1.5 billion to turn this pile of dirt into a game-changing stadium when Chase Center opens later this year, sat in the front row.

Head coach Steve Kerr and newly acquired superstar Kevin Durant were the headliners. They’d only known each other for a few months, but their timing was already on point.

“Night after night, the feel we get from the crowd — can you talk about what it feels like to be a Warrior?” Kerr asked Durant.

Everyone was all smiles for the groundbreaking ceremony for Chase Center in 2017, and while back-to-back titles justified that optimism, circumstances have cast a more serious light on the future.

“It’s different when you’re on the team and when you’re an opposing player. I can tell you that,” Durant said. “When you step out there and put on that jersey, just that support — no matter if we’re playing Cleveland or we’re playing the worst team in the league — they’re still going to support and be there to cheer for us. To go out there and play in front of them is amazing. It makes us want to play harder as well. We love the support and every time we go out there we try to play as hard as we can.”

Kerr paused, then asked, “How’s the coaching been so far this year?”

Without missing a beat, Durant said, “It’s been all right.”

“We’ll try to step it up a little bit,” Kerr deadpanned. “Maybe get you the ball more.”

Durant smiled as the crowd of San Francisco politicians, Warriors season-ticket holders and curious onlookers yucked it up.

“Yeah, please do,” Durant said.

Then the guests of honor put on hard hats, grabbed shovels and posed for photos.

It was a beautiful, uncomplicated January day. The Warriors’ future seemed so bright back then. And it was. Durant would go on to lead Golden State to back-to-back titles, and players would speak openly about taking less money to keep this group together once everyone hit free agency. The runway seemed clear for this group to win and keep winning once they moved from Oracle Arena in Oakland into this new state-of-the art building across San Francisco Bay.

But all of that breezy optimism has faded now that the team has arrived at its final game in Oakland on Thursday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Durant has been lost for the remainder of the series — and probably most of next season — with a ruptured Achilles tendon. His impending free agency had been hanging over the franchise like soupy San Francisco fog all season. And this injury has essentially shut down the airport completely, as it’s impossible to pilot through this cloud cover of uncertainty.

Will Durant still decide to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent? Several league sources told ESPN that they expect Durant to follow through and hit free agency, despite the long recovery time ahead of him. And if he does, will the Warriors follow through and offer him the five-year maximum contract extension worth $221 million? Will other teams offer their maximum four-year, $164 million contract? Several league sources told ESPN that they expect the Warriors and Durant’s other suitors to offer the maximum allowable contract, despite the serious injury.

Which means Durant’s free agency will have the same leaguewide impact it did when he chose the Warriors in 2016 and elevated a great team to a dynastic team.

The Warriors’ dynasty will either roll over into the new building, or its window could start closing, just as Oracle Arena’s doors are shutting for good on NBA games.

All season, there has been a nostalgia about the team packing up and moving from its East Bay home of the past 47 years. The franchise has honored great players from its past and each of its eras, including when the franchise didn’t win much of significance, but always had passionate, gritty fans who connected deeply with the team.

After the Warriors dropped Games 3 and 4 of the Finals at home to fall behind 3-1 last week, stunned fans lingered and took selfies with ushers and security guards as everyone tried to come to grips with the realization that this all might be over a lot sooner than anyone expected.

This golden era for the franchise, which began when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson grew into the Splash Brothers eight years ago, might be dimming a lot sooner than anyone anticipated. The joyful team culture had been fading for some time now — a casualty of the inexorable media cycle, clashing of egos and generalized organizational fatigue.

The Warriors' connection with their fans has been forged in Oracle Arena and the surrounding communities.

But while things haven’t felt fresh or new in a while, Oakland had a way of keeping everyone grounded. The team still practices and has its offices at a Marriott hotel in the Oakland Convention Center. The elevator buttons leading to the facility have been out for years. Just last week, when Durant was coming in to get extra work against some of the team’s G Leaguers, you’d see some of those players lingering outside the hotel’s business center and restaurant on the second floor, mixing in with guests and convention-goers. Players and coaches often walk across the street to restaurants in the area like Café Gabriela or Ratto’s, eating lunch or taking coffee alongside fans and regular folks.

Next season, there will be no such mixing. Everything will be state of the art. Even the art out front of the arena will be world-class, something tourists will visit in the same breath as the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Warriors have taken great care to translate the elements of their old home to their new one, from the design of the stadium, which will have the same low roof and steep concrete stands that help Oracle Arena roar so loudly, to maintaining their presence in Oakland by keeping offices of the team’s foundation there.

But it won’t be the same. Because the whole point of moving was to evolve and grow. To do what Silicon Valley companies have always done: Start small in a funky garage, build a killer product and scale up to bigger offices.

The challenge is to hold on to the right things as you grow. To know what is essential, and what is simply nostalgia.

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After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Toronto Raptors returned home knowing the odds — at least historically — are against them in their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.

But when told that 94 percent of the teams with 2-0 leads have gone on to win a best-of-seven series, Raptors coach Nick Nurse was defiant in his belief that Toronto still has what it takes to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

“That can’t be right,” Nurse said, drawing laughs. “That can’t be right. Check the figures.

“I don’t know. How do I find the solace [in that]? I find the solace when OKC got beat by 34 and 24 and went down 2-0 and then won four straight against a great, great, great, great San Antonio team. I don’t know.

“I don’t really give a crap about that. I just want our team to come play their ass off [Sunday night] and get one game and it changes the series.”

The numbers are as bad as they were presented to Nurse: Teams are 51-5 (91.1 percent) when taking a 2-0 lead in the conference finals, and 287-20 (93.5 percent) overall when taking such a lead in a playoff series.

In order to overcome those odds and do what the Thunder did in 2012 — when OKC won Games 3-6 and advanced to the NBA Finals — the Raptors will have to be better than they were in Game 2, when the Bucks led wire-to-wire and stormed to a comprehensive victory.

After Marc Gasol struggled in Game 2, scoring two points on 1-for-9 shooting in 19 minutes, Nurse was asked about the possibility of making a lineup change. He said that, in fact, he could make multiple — perhaps a sign that, in addition to replacing Gasol with Serge Ibaka, he’s considering benching Danny Green, who struggled for a third straight game, in favor of Norman Powell, who scored 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting in Game 2.

Nurse admitted, however, that deciding to make such a move is hard for a variety of reasons beyond fit against a specific opponent.

“I think your question here is this: ‘Are you gonna dance with the one you brung to the ball?'” Nurse asked. “It’s not easy. You think certain series aren’t for certain guys, et cetera, but I also think that we’ve gotten, we’ve had bad biorhythms a couple times, maybe three or four times in the playoffs, and then the next game our biorhythms were back intact.

“So I kinda trust these guys, know who they are, believe in ’em, and know they’re better than they played last night and have shown that on bounce-back situations usually.”

The margin for error, though, is now all but gone. Toronto had its chance to steal homecourt in Game 1, when it led for most of the first three quarters before being outscored 32-17 in the fourth to let a game both sides would admit the Raptors should’ve won slip away.

Part of the calculation for Nurse will come with deciding whether Gasol or Ibaka will give him the best chance to chase Brook Lopez, Milwaukee’s mountain of a starting center, out of the lane. Nurse made a point of noting that, in his mind, Lopez is committing three-second violations repeatedly throughout the game.

“Yeah, I mean, they’re loading a lot, and Lopez never leaves the lane,” Nurse said. “I think I counted 15 illegal defenses on the film, but I ain’t gonna count that.

“Your big has to be able to make ’em pay from the perimeter. You need a spacing big that can hit, or get to the next action because he’s in the paint.”

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The LA Clippers are the biggest underdogs in an NBA playoff series in the past 30 years.

At the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, the Clippers are 100-1 to upset the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in their best-of-seven first-round series, which tips off Saturday (8:15 p.m. ET, ABC).

According to online archive SportsOddsHistory.com, since 1988 only three teams have entered an NBA playoff series with odds greater than 50-1: The 2013 Milwaukee Bucks (vs. the Miami Heat) and 1992 Miami Heat (vs. the Chicago Bulls) were each 75-1, and the 2016 Memphis Grizzlies were 66-1 against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Warriors are -50,000 to beat the Clippers at the SuperBook, meaning bettors would need to put $50,000 on Golden State to win $100. According to SuperBook director of race and sports John Murray, there had been no straight bets on the Warriors for the series as of Friday morning, while nine bets were placed on the Clippers, ranging from $2 to $100, the largest of which would pay out $10,000.

Some bettors had included the Warriors in parlays, including a $37,000 three-leg parlay that included heavy first-round favorites — Milwaukee and the Toronto Raptors along with Golden State. The bet would pay a net $3,100 if all three teams advance to the second round, according to Murray.

The odds are so lopsided on the Clippers-Warriors series that some Las Vegas sportsbooks chose to keep it off the board.

Golden State is an odds-on favorite at around -200 to win its third straight NBA title. The Bucks are next at +600, followed by the Houston Rockets (+800). The Raptors are +1,200, and the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics are +1,800.

At the SuperBook, more money was bet on the Warriors to win the NBA title this season than all but one team — the Los Angeles Lakers, who missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

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The San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White doesn't just post quality stats for a guard, he's even chipping in blocks.

In a crucial win over the Mavericks on Tuesday night that vaulted the team into the sixth seed in a contentious Western Conference, the Spurs’ star duo of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge produced at least 25 points in the same game for the sixth time this year. Surging second-year combo guard Derrick White also helped the winning cause with 23 points, his fourth career 20-point game, all of which have come this season.

An excellent free-agent acquisition to consider for the fantasy playoffs, White has a Dwyane Wade-like block rate for a guard, as only John Wall and White have produced a block percentage of at least 2.2 percent this season among players 6-foot-4 or shorter. White dropped seven dimes and secured three steals last night, good for his fifth-highest game score (a linear estimate of player efficiency rating) of the season.

White is slashing for 14.7 PPG, 5 RPG, 5.8 APG and a stellar 3.3 combined blocks and steals during his past six appearances and yet is still floating for the price of a few clicks in three-quarters of ESPN leagues.

Tuesday recap

Highlights

Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks: 34 points (12-16 FG), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 TO

DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs: 33 points (11-19 FG), 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 3 TO

Elfrid Payton, New Orleans Pelicans: 14 points (6-15 FG), 15 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 TO

Lowlights

Will Barton, Denver Nuggets: 6 points (2-9 FG), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 TO

Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks: 10 points (4-13 FG), 4 rebounds

Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls: 11 points (4-17 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 TO

Tuesday takeaways

  • Payton is thriving from a statistical perspective with Jrue Holiday sidelined, producing consecutive triple-doubles for the first time in his career, and he’s now averaging 14 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 9.0 APG, 2.0 3PG, and 1.7 combined blocks and steals the past three games. Holiday is likely to miss several more games. You can find Payton in free agency in roughly 30 percent of ESPN leagues.
  • It was a particularly rough night for star rookie Luka Doncic, who netted only 12 points on 18 shots and made just one of nine free throw attempts while turning the ball over a career-high nine times. With the Spurs swarming Doncic at the point of attack on defense, led by White, it’s best to chalk this up as an outlier poor game for the gifted rookie. Fellow NBA freshman Brunson was brilliant in producing a career-best scoring effort as a pro. ESPN’s Tim McMahon noted this was Brunson’s top scoring performance since high school. In 10 games since the All-Star break, Brunson is averaging 16.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.3 APG and 1.6 3PG in 29.6 MPG, while he’s currently rostered in only 3.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
  • The 76ers have held opponents under 100 points in consecutive games for just the second time this season after downing the Cavaliers last night. Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman delivered strong fantasy performances for Cleveland, while Philly’s Ben Simmons tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, good for his fourth career game with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists; and second such outing this month.
  • The Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum poured in 35 points in a big win over the Clippers on Tuesday night. This marked the Lehigh product’s 14th 30-point game this season after posting seven such games all last season. McCollum’s 23 points in the final frame last night marked the most he’s ever scored in a fourth quarter in his career.

Injuries of note

  • Andrew Wiggins was a late scratch on Tuesday night with a quad ailment and is considered day-to-day.
  • Golden State’s Kevin Durant is expected to miss tonight’s tilt with Houston due to a right ankle injury suffered in this past Sunday’s loss to the Suns.

Analytics advantage for Wednesday

Two teams heading in opposite directions meet on Wednesday when the Thunder host the Nets at 7 ET on ESPN. Brooklyn has won four straight and is 28-15 since Dec. 6, tied for the fourth-best record in the NBA during that span, trailing only the Bucks, Rockets and Warriors. The Nets were 8-18 before that stretch.

The Thunder, meanwhile, are 4-6 since the All-Star break, tied for 11th in the Western Conference over that stretch. Paul George is shooting just 31 percent from the field in four games since returning from a shoulder injury.

The Nets are averaging 47.6 bench points per game this season, second most behind the Clippers (53.0). Brooklyn has outscored the opposing bench a league-high 58 times this season, thanks in large part to the work of Spencer Dinwiddie, who is averaging a career-best 17.4 points this season. That’s the second-highest scoring average by a bench player this season, trailing only Lou Williams (20.4 PPG). While Williams is a respected fantasy contributor, the market is still sleeping on Dinwiddie (rostered in just 61 percent of leagues).

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The Warriors visit the Rockets Wednesday at 9:30 ET on ESPN. The Rockets have won four straight regular-season meetings against the Warriors by an average of nine points. Houston has a chance to become the first team to sweep a four-game season series against Golden State in the past five seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info.

We’re always watching James Harden, as the bearded one is averaging a ridiculous 36.1 PPG for the season, on pace for the most by any player since Michael Jordan in 1986-87 (37.1 PPG). This would mark the second-highest average over an entire season in the past 50 seasons.

With Durant sitting this one out, it’s worth noting Klay Thompson consumes a team-high leap in usage (an estimate of team plays consumed by an individual player) of nine percent in such scenarios.This means Thompson’s usage roughly doubles when Durant isn’t on the floor, while Stephen Curry is second on the roster with a 6.8 percent boost in usage rate. Even if you missed out on drafting the “Splash Brothers” in season-long leagues, stacking the Warriors’ backcourt in DFS could prove rewarding, given these impressive opportunity rates with Durant on the pine.

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The New Orleans Pelicans have parted ways with general manager Dell Demps, the team announced on Friday, clearing the way for a new top basketball executive to oversee the Anthony Davis trade talks.

Demps had been Pelicans GM for nine years, which included three trips to the playoffs but advancing only once past the first round.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to Dell for his tireless work and commitment to our team over the last eight-plus years,” Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said in a statement. “Dell, his wife Anita, and his family have been a credit to our city and I wish them nothing but the greatest success going forward.”

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, a consultant for the Pelicans, has been named the team’s interim GM. New Orleans assistant GM David Booth was also considered for the interim role, league sources said.

“My focus for the rest of the season is to provide leadership to our basketball operations group and give [coach] Alvin [Gentry] and our players the resources and support to positively impact the culture and foundation now and going forward,” Ferry said in a statement.

For now, Gentry and his staff are safe, sources said. The organization has been pleased with how he’s navigated the team under difficult circumstances this year, and he’s expected to finish out the season, sources said.

Gentry’s future is likely dependent on the next GM’s purview. Gentry signed a contract extension in the offseason.

Benson has been angry over the Davis trade demand and her belief that “outside forces” are trying to push the franchise into decisions that don’t make sense, league sources said.

Her mandate has been to “take back control from outside forces,” one league source told ESPN. Benson has been adamant with the organization about finding a pathway to sustainable winning in one of the league’s smallest markets and plans to be aggressive in pursuing the best available candidates to oversee basketball operations, league sources said.

“We will immediately begin the process of restructuring our basketball operations department,” Benson said. “This will include a comprehensive, but confidential, search aided by outside consultants to identify a new leader of our basketball operations, directly reporting to me.”

Among preliminary possible candidates, league sources tell ESPN: former Cleveland GM David Griffin.

Benson owns the Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints and had Demps reporting to Saints GM Mickey Loomis. The Pelicans are eager to conduct a search that will attract a top basketball executive who will take on a more prominent role in the franchise. Benson is promising to pursue a top-level GM to revitalize a franchise that’s coming to a crossroads with the Davis trade.

Davis can become a free agent in July 2020 but publicly demanded a trade on Jan. 28. The Pelicans refused to negotiate with the Lakers, who made offers in hopes of landing Davis prior to the Feb. 7 deadline.

The Pelicans have endured a succession of trades and missed draft picks that have depleted the roster of a sustainable path to long-term success, but Benson hopes the team remains competitive this season.

“My expectations, and the expectations of our fans, are that this team will compete at a high level for the remainder of the season,” Benson said.

The team is 26-33 after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, but is six games behind the LA Clippers for the final Western Conference postseason spot.

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76ers center Joel Embiid sat out Friday night against Atlanta because of a sore left ankle.

Embiid hurt his ankle in a loss at Washington on Wednesday night. Embiid was one of the final players to leave the court during warm-ups and shot long jumpers wearing “Trust the Process” sneakers.

Embiid leads the 76ers with averages of 26.9 points and 13.5 rebounds in 40 games.

Mike Muscala started against the Hawks.