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Smith doesn't want to hit the fast-forward button in the East (1:26)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell made his major league debut in Pittsburgh a year and 3 days ago. A year and 2 days later he earned his first 4 hit game: "It's crazy how the world works. This was my debut city and it didn't go too well (0 for 5). This time there is some success so there is light."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss what he wants to see from Kyle Hendricks tonight beginning with an uptick in velocity.

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Cutler brings ability and baggage (2:12)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After Jimmy Butler questioned his toughness, Marcus Smart fired back on Tuesday: "I ain't gotta talk about what I am about. I could show you, but I'm not going to tell you. So, like I said, it ain't hard to find me. And you heard him, he said, ‘I don't think Marcus Smart's about that life?' Last time I checked, if you're going to say somebody ain't about that life, you should know, right?"

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on playing after the death of his sister: "Man, I'm just taking it day by day. Some days are better than others. I'm not here, man. It's never going to be the same."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite signing Mike Glennon in free agency, quarterback is still a priority for the Bears. Although it seems unlikely Chicago grabs a quarterback at No. 3 overall, the Bears could address the position a little later in the draft. Two names to watch: Miami's Brad Kaaya and California's Davis Webb.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart's reaction to Jimmy Butler questioning his toughness? "Hahaha." Added Smart, "You heard him. He said 'I don't think Marcus Smart is about that life.' If you say he ain't about that life, you should know, right?" Smart gave one more postscript: "It ain't hard to find me."

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Healing process working in Rondo's favor (1:06)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on his emotions: "‪I'm just taking it day by day. Some days are better than others. But I'm not here, man. It's never going to be the same."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears named running back Jordan Howard and wide receiver Josh Bellamy as this year's Brian Piccolo Award winners. The Piccolo Award is voted on by Bears players only who reward one rookie and one veteran player they feel best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting note from ESPN Stats & Information: only four defensive backs have been picked in top 3 in common draft era (Shawn Springs '97, Eric Turner '91, Bruce Pickens '91 and Bennie Blades '88). Still, the Bears only had eight interceptions last year, tied for 2nd fewest in NFL. If the Bears cannot trade the 3rd overall pick and Stanford DE Solomon Thomas is off the board, the Bears could strongly consider LSU safety Jamal Adams, Ohio State safety Malik Hooker or Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Want some encouraging Bears' draft news? Members of the Bears 2016 draft class -- Cody Whitehair, Leonard Floyd and Jordan Howard -- all started at least 12 games last year.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

As it stands, the Bears have seven picks in the '17 draft (3, 36, 67, 111, 117, 147, 221). This is Chicago's third straight year with a top-10 pick, teams longest steak since 5 straight from 1972-76.

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On this date: Monday saves American flag (0:35)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Garnett explained his video message to the Celtics on Area 21: "I'll be honest… It was for [Isaiah Thomas]."