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No matter the postseason results -- assuming no catastrophic injury -- the Warriors could feel good about their chances next season. Klay Thompson returns. James Wiseman and Jordan Poole, both considered integral to future plans, will have gained experience at the league’s highest level. Andrew Wiggins will have gone through the crucible with teammates that have reached the top. Detroit Pistons

“The kids in college play harder,” is the persistent cliche that rankles me the most. They don’t. They play 40-minute games, seldom on back-to-back nights, with timeouts every few minutes and STILL don’t have to exert the kind of effort that’s needed to survive in the NBA. It takes NBA rookies a full season, sometimes, to understand the effort needed just to stay on the court.

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In the 30 games Harden has played for Brooklyn since it acquired him from the Houston Rockets, he has averaged 25.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 11.5 assists. The Nets have gone 24-7 when Harden is on the floor.

"I've been trying to work on making good decisions at the end of games, and I thought I did good in the end today," Dort said. "We just had to step up and make some big plays at the end. We wanted to win, and that's what we did."

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This is a crushing blow to the Lakers’ seeding hopes as far as the playoffs go. The Denver Nuggets look much more formidable after the trade deadline, adding Aaron Gordon and the Clippers hope to have solved their point guard problems with Rajon Rondo.Oklahoma City Thunder

In his debut with Portland, Powell scored 22 points Friday in a 112-105 victory over the host Orlando Magic.Denver Nuggets
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