SH Blog: Terrence Jones set to finally return for Rockets; Knicks sign Langston Galloway through 2015-16

Terrence Jones presser

Terrence Jones could return as soon as Wednesday for the Rockets, who upgraded his status to questionable for the team’s showdown with Western rival Dallas. It’s the first time in months that the Rockets have changed Jones’ status from “out”. Jones, a third-year power forward from Kentucky, has missed Houston’s last 41 games with a nerve issue affecting his left leg. At one point, his mobility was so limited that Jones worried if his basketball career might be over. But Jones has

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Bernucca: Who Deserves to be an All-Star Reserve?

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Every team wants a player in the NBA All-Star Game. Just this week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban complained that the voting system is “absolutely, positively broken” and lobbied for the NBA to provide additional roster spots for reserves who may have been overlooked by the fans. His reasoning was that leading vote-getter Stephen Curry received a mere 1.5 million votes, which is a miniscule total when you consider the global, electronic balloting process. As he often does, Cuban made some good

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Kamenetzky: Post-Kobe injury, Lakers Need to Embrace Total Rebuild

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There’s a moment in the classic 1997 episode of Seinfeld, “The Little Jerry,” when Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer are crammed into the back of Marcelino’s store, about to send Kramer’s rooster (which he named “Little Jerry Seinfeld”) into a cockfight. Elaine, meanwhile, has been dating a man she thinks is bald by choice before learning he’s actually losing his hair. He asks her to marry him, before the follicular end comes. “Well, it’ll be a couple of years before he’s completely

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SH Blog: Cavs work to acquire veteran PG, McHale nudges Howard toward pick-and-roll

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The Cleveland Cavaliers (22-20) seem to finally be turning things around, having won three straight — two over the Clippers and Bulls — after a brutal stretch of 10 losses in 12 games. But they aren’t forgetting what got them in that hole. The Cavs are 1-8 this season without LeBron James, and injuries to both he and Kevin Love have exposed Cleveland’s roster for lacking depth. They addressed that need up front (Timofey Mozgov) and at the wing spots (J.R.

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Bernucca: Handing Out My Midseason Awards

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One of the biggest knocks against the NBA is that when the season starts, there are only five or six teams that can truly win the championship, making the regular season and the early playoff rounds interminably tedious. Not this season. As we reach the midway point – 18 teams have played at least 41 games, another nine have played 40 – there are no less than a dozen teams with legitimate title aspirations, including a handful that haven’t been in the

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SH Blog: Garnett earns ejection, suspension for fracas, while Howard gets neither

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Does an open-handed shove qualify as a punch? In what could set an important standard for future player altercations, the NBA league office seems to be saying that it does not. You’ve likely all seen the story. In the first quarter of Monday night’s game in Brooklyn between the Rockets and Nets, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard got into a bit of a scuffle. It started with a pair of minor slaps after a foul by Garnett and escalated when Garnett virtually lost his

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James Harden’s surprising defensive improvement makes him MVP contender

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When you’re already a proven NBA superstar, improvement usually comes in subtle ways. For Houston Rockets star James Harden, his ascent into the MVP conversation (it’s essentially a two-man race at this point between he and Stephen Curry, unless Anthony Davis’ New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs) has come from a slight improvement across and board and an understanding that league MVPs are, and always will be, two-way players. The Rockets have had to rely on Harden this year more than

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