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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Spencer Hawes will miss Game 6 with an MCL sprain in his right knee, the Charlotte Hornets announce. Hawes will be re-evaluated in a week, according to the team.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks are set at front court and hints that he wants the club to prioritize talent over finding players that fit the system this summer. "I believe we have one of the best front courts in the NBA, I believe that," Anthony told ESPN during a promotional appearance for Gillette. "You put a couple of other pieces around that, I think we have something that we can work with, that we can go out and compete with. So I think everybody just needs to be on the same page when it comes to that and not trying to figure out what piece fits here, what piece fits there. At this point, you've got to get players."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Green-covered Garden.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Vogel said he felt like the Pacers didn't give Game 5 'away' in Toronto. When asked how he guards against his team not feeling confident after Game 5, the veteran coach preached focus heading into Game 6: "I think everybody was frustrated the other night," Vogel said. "There's a lot of noise that comes along with a loss like that, that you have to block out. And we have to understand that you win nothing in 36 minutes or 34 minutes or 24 minutes -- that it's hard to beat a 56 win team in their building in the playoffs. And you got to do it for 48 minutes. And what we did in the first half we didn't do well enough in the second half. We understand that. We understand that if we do that for 48 minutes, we'll win."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Vogel channeled another local coach when asked about the possibility of his season ending on Friday night: "We're not really looking at it that way," Vogel said after Thursday's practice. "We're looking at it being focused on the task at hand. Task-conscious [as] [Indianapolis Colts] coach Chuck Pagano likes to talk to me about. Task-conscious. Focusing on our assignments to win the next play and to win the next quarter, to win the next game."

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Spencer Hawes (right knee sprain) is listed as doubtful for tomorrow's Game 6. Neither Nic Batum nor Cody Zeller appear on the Hornets' injury list.

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James Harden and Dwight Howard may have played their final game together. They weren't always on the same page.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

As for Dwight Howard, don't forget that it's his option -- not the team's -- whether he stays or goes this summer and Howard does love the city of Houston. But the overwhelming expectation around the league is that Dwight will bypass his $23.3 million option for next season and opt for free agency in July. As one team source told our own Calvin Watkins this week, Howard's relationship with James Harden is "cordially bad." Meaning that the players aren't openly in battle but the disconnect between them is an undeniable and pressing issue.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Clifford says he'll stick with same starters for Game 6. Nic Batum (left foot) and Cody Zeller (knee) are both expected to play.

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