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No more Timmy, but LeBron carries on as Cavs face Spurs

Things won't quite seem the same without Tim Duncan on the floor as LeBron James and the Cavaliers play host to the Spurs on Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

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Michael Goldberg, longtime NBCA leader, dies

Michael Goldberg, who served as executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association for nearly four decades and was revered by many within the game, has died.

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The NBA season is over ... (no, really!)

Now that we're at the midpoint of the season, are you hoping your struggling team can play its way into the playoffs? Well, we have some bad news: Set your alarm for mid-April, because the standings rarely change after Jan. 20. Sorry, Knicks fans!

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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas did his part in the fourth quarter and overtime. The rest of his team ... well, take a look.

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Isaiah Thomas joins Larry Bird as the only players in Celtics history to average 35 points over a 10-game span in one season. Bird had two 10-game stretches averaging 35 or more points that overlapped, and that happened in each of two seasons: 1984-85 and 1987-88 (via Elias Sports Bureau).

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

Gregg Popovich is a US Air Force Academy grad, spent 5 years serving in the Air Force & is now head coach of the US Men's BBall Olympic team

Kemba lets out a scream after tough layup

Kemba Walker grabs a board, takes it the length of the floor to convert a strong bucket and yells out in celebration.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets getting ready for the Grizzlies.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Blazers 127, Celtics 123: Isaiah Thomas scored 21 of his game-high 41 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, producing his third game of 40+ this season, but the Celtics didn't make enough plays in crunch time and dropped their second straight at home to a sub-.500 team. CJ McCollum with 35 points, Damian Lillard with 28 for the Blazers.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

And Courtney Lee opens the game against Phoenix burying a 3 from the same spot he would've taken one at the end of the Washington game if not, as he says, for Sidney Lowe being near him on the court yelling help was there.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Clint Capela will continue to come off the bench as his conditioning improves. Capela missed 15 games with a small fracture of his left leg. He played well in Friday's loss to Golden State, scoring 22 points in 21 minutes. "This road trip we'll try and (work) him in as much as we can," D'Antoni said. Rockets begin a five-game road trip Saturday night at Memphis.

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Popovich also specifically called out Sean Spicer & Kellyanne Conway for helping Donald Trump spread information he said they know is false.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says there are no lineup changes. Possible rotation changes will be based on "flow of the game."

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Gregg Popovich on all the marches today: "the message is obvious...there's a majority of people out there who don't buy his act."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets second-year forward Sam Dekker will get his first career start with Ryan Anderson (stomach flu) out against Memphis. "Anytime you get a start you want to take advantage of it," Dekker said. "Embrace the opportunity and that's what I'm going to do. I kinda like coming off the bench and like being that guy, that second group is a lot of fun to play with. It's not going to change or dictate anything with my game or our team's game. They called on me I got to take advantage of it and play well." This is the 10th different starting lineup for the Rockets this season.

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Gregg Popovich on LeBron's praise of him: "He owes me a lot of money, and he thinks I'll forget if he says something nice about me."