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Strange case of Donatas Motiejunas and the Rockets

Why do Donatas Motiejunas and B.J. Armstrong have a problem with Houston? And what can the Rockets do? We have the key questions and answers on this unique situation.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers starting point guard D'Angelo Russell, who has missed 10 games with a sore left knee, participated in non-contact drills during practice Thursday, but Lakers coach Luke Walton said Russell won't return to action until he completes a full practice or at least plays in a competitive 3-on-3 drill. Russell said he feels great and is just trying to "knock the rust off" for the time being.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Grizzlies added C Marc Gasol (right groin) to their injury report, listing him as questionable for tonight's game against Trail Blazers.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony's topical Instagram post from today:

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Golden State Warriors will hold out guard Shaun Livingston (rest) for tonight's game against the Utah Jazz.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

X-rays were negative on Gordon Hayward's left ring finger, but it's painful enough to cause him to sit out tonight against the Warriors. "Frankly, I thought he re-broke it last game," Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters. "He aggravated it. It's got additional swelling." Hayward broke the finger during training camp and missed the first six games of the season. He's averaging career highs of 23.1 points and 6.4 rebounds despite dealing with persistent pain.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on the Mavs' 35-minute postgame meeting: "I just wanted to watch the third quarter with them right after the game. We lost it by 17. It was really the most decisive quarter of the game. I just told them that I'm tired of coming in here and watching film every morning. I wanted them to see what happened. I wanted it to be fresh in their minds walking out of the building." Carlisle said it's the first time he's ever had a postgame team film session in his 15 years as a head coach.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle: "That's got to be an NBA record last night for the number of timeouts called in regulation. … But that's not the kind of record you want to be setting." Carlisle twice called timeouts that the Mavs didn't have during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's lopsided loss to the Kings. He figured a technical foul was worth taking the opportunity to give his team what he considered necessary coaching. "You don't ever really run out of timeouts," Carlisle said. "They just have a price."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Enes Kanter on what it's like playing with Westbrook: "After 10 years, 20 years from now, I'm going to look back and be like, 'Man, I played with that dude.' I'm going to tell my kids, maybe my grandkids one day, 'You know what? I played with Russell Westbrook.'"

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Last guy on the practice floor? Russell Westbrook.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets have no current plans to lift the offer sheet to power forward Donatas Motiejunas according to a source. After the Rockets matched the $31 million offer sheet, Motiejunas had two days to report for his physical and did not. The Rockets can still work a separate deal with Motiejunas.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says McDermott won't have a minutes limit but they will watch him closely after missing 11 games.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets have requested waivers on Yogi Ferrell. The point guard played in 10 games and averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game. Brooklyn's roster now stands at 14 players.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

McDermott says that Boston Celtics big man Al Horford was very helpful in offering advice as both went through the concussion protocol.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug McDermott says he's feeling "great" and will play tonight vs. Spurs.