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Davis' 45 fuels Pelicans' OT win over Celtics (2:03)
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Kyrie's tough layup forces OT (0:38)
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Theis keeps ball alive, finds Brown for dunk (0:27)
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Kyrie drops 16 points in 3rd quarter vs. Pelicans (0:33)
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Brown flexes after scoring on Cousins (0:20)
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Brown adds to Celtics run with corner 3-pointer (0:24)
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Pierce: Guilt behind Celtics' try at sharing night

Paul Pierce will be the lone former Celtic honored when his jersey is retired on Feb. 11, and he says the only reason Isaiah Thomas nearly got a tribute of his own on that night is due to the franchise's guilt over trading Thomas to Cleveland.

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Tatum shows off handles on pull-up jumper (0:25)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

One more Patriots route to look at vs. the Jags Cover 3 defense (see example below). Here, New England can run the post-wheel concept to clear some space for the underneath out route. With Chris Hogan (Z) running the post (pushing the CB down the field) and Brandin Cooks (W) releasing on the wheel (removing the curl defender), Danny Amendola (X) now has room to break on the out route. Work to the vacated zone on a high-percentage throw for QB Tom Brady. Good call on third down to move the sticks.

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Theis throws down one-handed dunk on Davis (0:16)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots can also use the play-action seam (see example below) in the AFC Championship vs. the Jags. By reducing the split of the Z receiver (run-alert for the defense), and pulling the guard on play-action, the Patriots can force the linebackers to attack downhill. And that creates an open window for QB Tom Brady to hit Rob Gronkowski (U) on the quick seam route.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Would expect the Patriots to run a bunch of Cover 3 beaters (three-deep, four-under zone) versus the Jags in the AFC Championship. This example (see below) allows QB Tom Brady to work the inside seams (Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan) with the shallow cross underneath (Brandin Cooks). The outside receivers? Basically decoys to hold the CBs (open up the windows to target the seam routes).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had Gordon Hayward shoot a free throw to determine if team did a final drill at a recent practice. He made it. Stevens: “[Hayward is] doing some spot shooting. Very, very light. … He's doing all that he can right now … We all know it's a long road ahead."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixteen non-roster invites to spring training for the Red Sox.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Clete Blakeman has been assigned as referee for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Blakeman is highly rated, having worked Super Bowl 50.

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Are the Rockets and Clippers rivals?

Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han, Bobby Marks, Chris Forsberg and Nick Friedell break down the postgame fracas in LA (2:10), officiating difficulties (11:05), most calculated players (20:30) and if the Clippers and Rockets are rivals (25:05). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (36:05).

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Will Patricia, McDaniels fail without Belichick? (2:06)