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Zach Lowe: Now or never for CP3, Blake and the Clippers

This may be the last, best chance for the Clippers to bury their cursed history as they look toward an uncertain future.

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Can Rose be the PG Knicks, Porzingis need?

Is an aggressive Derrick Rose good for the Knicks' playoff chances? Or is he hurting the the play of young star Kristaps Porzingis? The answer could determine his future in New York.

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Saric fakes and drops Jerebko to the floor (0:26)
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Rose has found new life in New York (0:52)
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Wade does a lot of winning against LeBron (1:29)
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Leonard hits game winner for Spurs (0:28)
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Ryan compares Westbrook's numbers to Robertson (1:02)
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Stephen A. gives Towns the edge over Porzingis (1:55)

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings coach Dave Joerger coached Mindaugas Kuzminskas seven years ago in Europe. He's a big fan of the Knicks forward's game. "He has an energy to him, which is a little Kirilenko-ish, where he's like a big cutter, offensive rebounder, runs the floor."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah will start at center tonight vs. Sacramento.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Arron Afflalo's thoughts on the Knicks' offense: "I'm pretty sure Jeff (Hornacek) has his guys just pushing the pace probably on some initial offense. I'm pretty sure Phil's got some triangle principles he's still trying to stick with but in today's game some early offense, some fast pace has obviously proven to be successful. I'm pretty sure they're trying to find a nice blend of both."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Outside of the Kings locker room at Madison Square Garden: ex-Knicks and current Kings Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes and Bob Thornton.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks center Joakim Noah (ankle) is available tonight against Sacramento. Courtney Lee (ankle) is out. Justin Holiday will likely start in place of Lee. With Noah back in the lineup, it will be interesting to see how Hornacek handles minutes for reserve bigs Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry on Russell Westbrook: "In my opinion, he's the best athlete in the NBA."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans will move Tim Frazier to the second unit. E'Twaun Moore gets the start next to Jrue Holiday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Willy Hernangomez and Marshall Plumlee working with Knicks big man coach Dave Bliss before tonight's game against Sacramento.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rough, rough week for J.R. Smith. Beyond the Jason Terry play he endured a 4-for-32 shooting funk including 20 straight misses, 15 from deep

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Marquette's Sam Hauser doing his best Steve Novak imitation. Already has career high 19 at Georgia. Fellow frosh, Howard, been good, too.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

By night's end 24 of the NBA's 30 teams will have played 20+ games ... so we're essentially one-fourth of the way through the regular season

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Nice to see McRoberts hit some shots last night. Harkless continues to be a bright spot for Portland.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

True story: James Harden and Boston's Avery Bradley are the only players to hit a 3 in every single one of their teams' games this season.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevor Ariza (back) said he feels better and did some light shooting but isn't going to practice.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Trevor Ariza (back) is feeling better and he's day-to-day. Nene (knee) should be fine for Monday's game against Boston.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Remember Sean Kilpatrick's 38 points against the Clippers? The first Net to score 20+ points in a fourth quarter since Devin Harris in 2008.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz PG George Hill will miss his third consecutive game Monday against the Lakers due to his sprained left toe, a source said. Utah is hoping George can return either Tuesday against the Suns or Thursday against the Warriors.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

A nice feather in the Rockets' chapeau: Houston and Golden State are the only two NBA teams that haven't lost two games in a row this season