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6hBrian Windhorst

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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Isaiah Thomas absorbs a hit and still sinks shot (0:30)
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LeBron expects Spurs to play 'Spurs basketball' (1:08)
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Jae Crowder comes out scorching hot (0:31)
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Warriors looking reminiscent of 73-win team (0:48)
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Covington hits a late 3 for win (0:59)
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Warriors triumph over rivals during wild win streak (2:03)
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Butler says Bulls are playing 'terrible' (1:02)
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Embiid wanted to get back in there (0:56)
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1dTom Haberstroh

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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Durant thriving as a Warrior (3:07)
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Wizards assistant out of line? (2:00)
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Melo would consider move if Knicks want to move on (1:56)
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Did LeBron send jabs to Phil Jackson with Pop comments? (1:45)
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Isaiah Thomas shows off his motor

The Blazers couldn't stop Isaiah Thomas from getting to the hoop twice on the same trip down the floor.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis coach David Fizdale on James Harden: "He's so good I lose sleep. He's really that good."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

At Enes Kanter's local cooking show in Oklahoma City and for this one, it's a fish sandwich... thing.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James getting up shots before the Spurs game. He stepped on the court around 5:45 for the 8:30 tipoff.

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Jae Crowder comes out scorching hot

The early tip-off time hasn't hurt Jae Crowder, who knocked down a trio of 3-pointers to give the Celtics a first-quarter lead over the visiting Blazers.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek won't reveal starting lineup but says everyone should be available against Suns.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said "there's probably some distraction there that shouldn't have happened" when asked about Wizards' Sidney Lowe being fined $5k for standing on court and screaming to impact Courtney Lee's decision to shoot at end on Thursday.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis hasn't complained about extra soreness and did not come in for extra treatment on Achilles after Thursday's game according to Jeff Hornacek.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah (ankle) is available to play tonight against the Suns.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley has missed six of Boston's last seven games with a strained Achilles. With a four-game-in-five-night stretch looming next week, coach Brad Stevens doesn't sound in a rush to throw him back on the floor. "I don't anticipate Avery this week at all," said Stevens. "He's still got some soreness. Obviously, we're concerned about the long-term impact of a sore Achilles and what it means on that foot, but also what it means when you compensate off of it. He'll be back when he's ready, but I still think he's a little bit away."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to Avery Bradley (Achilles), the Celtics will be without Jonas Jerebko, Tyler Zeller, and Demetrius Jackson due to illness on Saturday vs Blazers.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jazz are winning despite PG George Hill chipping off rust after being sidelined a month due to a sprained left big toe and a week soon thereafter due to a concussion. Utah has gone 6-1 since Hill's return, but his scoring (16.1 ppg) and shooting percentages (42.1 FG, 38.2 3s) are down significantly from his sensational season averages. "It's coming back slower than I thought," Hill said. "I've just got to keep trying to get better and figure it out. I may be out of sync right now. Shots are not falling. I'm a little out of shape and a little out of it as far as timing and things like that, but that's what good teams are for. You've got other guys that are stepping up and filling that void."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis (right quad bruise) did not practice today, but Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry reiterated that he doesn't think it's serious. Davis did not speak with media.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki's 1-of-13 outing in Friday's loss to the Jazz could be considered the worst shooting performance of his career. It's the most field goal attempts he's ever had in a game in which he scored only one bucket. "Well, we were on a back-to- back," said Nowitzki, who managed to match his season high with 10 rebounds. "I'm fighting my way back still from injury. I'm just not where it's at right now, but I battled." Nowitzki, 38, who was sidelined for most of the first two months of the season by a strained right Achilles tendon, played full games in a back-to-back for the first time this season.