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Projecting Jimmer, Celtics prospect from China to NBA

How would this year's top imports from China do in the NBA, and what does it mean for their chances to make it back? Kevin Pelton projects Jimmer Fredette, a Boston first-rounder and more.

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Thomas throws ball between defender's legs (0:20)
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Embiid wants to hear 'Trust the Process' chant (0:24)
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Davis shocked Thunder players didn't back up Westbrook (1:13)
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The city of Boston has given new life to Isaiah Thomas (2:26)
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Is CP3 the NBA's unluckiest superstar?

Does Chris Paul deserve better luck after the injuries and playoff disappointments? How much will his absence hurt the Clippers? Kevin Pelton takes a look.

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Giannis admits he gets scared playing against great players (0:58)
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The science behind the Greek Freak's skills (2:05)
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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek won't reveal if Kristaps Porzingis will start tonight. But Porzingis will likely play in short bursts of minutes tonight according to Hornacek. Porzingis had to get over last hurdle with MRI and warmup before being cleared. He said his Achilles felt it was at 90% recently.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news for Knicks: MRI confirmed no structural damage to Kristaps Porzingis' Achilles. Porzingis is available against Washington tonight. Joakim Noah's MRI revealed a sprained ankle and he is OUT against Washington.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler has been voted a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, league sources tell ESPN.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that Kevin Love's back didn't allow him to get through shootaround today so he's out vs. PHX. James Jones will start in his place.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texas Lottery released a new Rockets $5 scratch off game featuring more than $7.7 million in total prizes. Fans can also win a trip to next month's All Star game in New Orleans.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets do the little things to help them win games. On the season, Houston is fifth in the league in loose balls recovered per game at 6.4. Guard Patrick Beverley is sixth in the league with 49 total loose balls recovered.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden has moved to second in the league in scoring at 28.9, behind Russell Westbrook (30.6). Harden has averaged 32 a game the last five games.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Larry Nance Jr. getting in some extra shots after a full practice.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Luke Walton is not a doctor, but based on his observations, Larry Nance Jr. is close to returning: "Larry looked good today. He looked good today. He did the whole practice today. I'll call him questionable." Asked if there was anything Nance had to do to get back to playing, Walton said, "Yeah, he's gotta get cleared by the training staff and the doctors. I just said 'questionable' because he looked good today. So, you gotta talk to them about whether he's gonna be cleared or not. The way I saw him play today, he looked like he could play. But that's not a medical opinion, that's just me watching him play basketball."

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Cavaliers' 31 percent 3-point shooting in January is the second-worst in the NBA this month. Poor shooting overall has afflicted the team's "Big Three" lately: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have combined for 51.5 points per game on 36 percent shooting over the last four games. On the other side, the Suns' Devin Booker is averaging 30.0 points over his last six games, helped by 55 percent 3-point shooting.

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The Spurs have scored 100 points in 18 consecutive games, the team's longest such streak since 1995 (22 games in a row). Kawhi Leonard has scored 30 or more points in four straight games and is the first Spurs player to do so since Tim Duncan in 2004. Can Leonard extend his streak? A player has reached 30 points against the Nuggets, the Spurs' opponent tonight, 17 times this season.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on the possibility of playing with his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the West All-Star team: "The West is stacked period. You got Steph, Anthony Davis, Kawhi. You have all those guys playing at a high level, so it will be fun. That weekend is always fun, just to be around those guys and kind of take a break and enjoy each other."

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When Kevin Durant shot after a teammate passed him the ball Wednesday, he put it in the basket. Every. Single. Time.