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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks are down 14 at the end of the first quarter. Through 12 minutes, Kurt Rambis hasn't impacted the defense as he'd hoped. Washington is shooting 65 percent from the floor.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 30, Bucks 26 (end 1st): Avery Bradley hot early (as usual, lately) and his nine first-quarter points have Celtics out front. Bucks started slow with new-look lineup, but got a spark from Giannis Antetokounmpo to trim deficit after falling behind by double digits.

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There were cheers for Ciara at MSG & some boos for Russell Wilson. I guess there are some Future fans on hand tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says in an interview on MSG Network that he's noticed Kristaps Porzingis has been "fatigued" at points during the season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder, dinged up lately and battling what he said is a high ankle sprain, is grinding it out again tonight in Milwaukee. No surprise considering he played up there at Marquette. While Crowder clearly isn't himself, he hasn't let his defensive intensity slip.

Short-handed Spurs take on Heat

San Antonio is without Tim Duncan (knee) and Manu Ginobili (groin) in Miami tonight. The good news: the Spurs were missing these two in their past two games and they won both. Follow live

Rambis set for Knicks coaching debut

Kurt Rambis's first game as Knicks head coach comes vs. the Wizards, just one day after he replaced former coach Derek Fisher. Follow live


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The most important takeaway on the mini essay Phil Jackson released earlier today to me? I think he's saying he'd be open to hiring a coach who doesn't have triangle experience.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Hassan Whiteside (ankle) warmed up and looks like he'll play tonight versus the Spurs. Amar'e Stoudemire remains in the starting lineup. Both Whiteside and coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed the bench role being an issue.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban says his opinion on the hack-a-player issue wouldn't have changed if DeAndre Jordan signed with Dallas. Cuban said commissioner Adam Silver emailed him after Jordan verbally committed to the Mavs to ask if he would change his stance. "No, because we have a full-time free throw coach," Cuban said he replied.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Sean Marks is a candidate for the Nets' vacant GM job. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expects Marks to shine when finally given the opportunity to run a team. "I think he's gonna be a star; really has a great feel for talent," Popovich said. "[He] has a great personality, really commands respect and gets along with people. So I think he's gonna be somebody that's gonna have a bright future. We're gonna [have to] kick him out of door here pretty soon. Is he leaving or something? Did he leave and I didn't know?"

Magic chooses Kobe over Duncan

Sorry, Kareem, but Magic Johnson disagrees with your opinion.


Melo on Fisher: We were all surprised

Carmelo Anthony reacts to the Knicks' firing of Derek Fisher, saying "you have to continue to put your trust in Phil [Jackson]."


Best sports photos of the week

Von Miller strips the ball from Cam, President Obama cracks jokes and the Fighting Irish take down the Tar Heels. Photos

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Pop hopes Kobe mentors Kawhi Leonard

"Kawhi has learned a lot from the guys that are vets on his own team," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "And Kobe is just another example of somebody that has been disciplined over time, and been a great pro in understanding the responsibility to bring it night after night after night. Kawhi sees that and understands that. He's trying to live that life."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich just joked that they'll "have to kick [assistant GM Sean Marks] out the door soon." Mark is a potential GM candidate for the Nets' vacancy.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he still wants to be in New York after Derek Fisher firing, Carmelo Anthony says yes and that he's been through worse.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo says the goal of getting to the playoffs "isn't even a question" for him. He adds that Kurt Rambis is "spot on" in that respect.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the amount of turnover he's witnessed since coming to New York is "tough." He adds: "You have to continue to trust in Phil."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kurt Rambis says that he's talked to the Knicks about "getting connected" again, particularly on the defensive end.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Duncan getting in a few shots just minutes ago.