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The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan needs six field goals to pass Vince Carter for second-most in team history. DeRozan has made 3,536. The franchise leader is Chris Bosh (3,614), whose 49.2 percent field goal percentage is more than 4 percentage points better than the marks of Carter and DeRozan.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Grizzlies will go with the "Nasty Nine" at least one more game, as Vince Carter (hip), Zach Randolph (personal), James Ennis (calf), Chandler Parsons (knee), Mike Conley (back) and Brandan Wright (ankle) are unavailable Saturday against the Lakers.

Chris Haynes 

Draymond Green not expected to receive any further discipline for flailing of foot that struck James Harden, league sources tell ESPN.

Chris Haynes 

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is named the Western Conference Coach of the Month. Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue receives the Western Conference Coach of the Month honor.

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Michael Wilbon had to stop and get his pic with faux LeBron. The real LeBron will be donning the same Cubs uniform tonight after losing a World Series bet with Dwayne Wade.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Thibodeau was running through the ways in which Carmelo Anthony can hurt an opponent on offense and he finished with"he doesn't get enough credit for his playmaking." Anthony's assists are down following a season in which he reached a career-high. But on Wednesday he served mostly as a distributor and decoy early on vs. MIN. It will be interesting to see if that continues tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's likely that the Knicks are without both Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah for tonight's Timberwolves game. A source told ESPN's Tim MacMahon that Lee's ankle injury will likely keep him sidelined on Friday night but he shouldn't be out long term. According to the Knicks' website, it's likely that Noah misses tonight's game due to an ankle injury.

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The Lakers, 17-65 last season, might threaten the greatest one-season turnaround in team history. The franchise's largest current season-to-season improvement (accounting only for full seasons) is 21 wins, achieved by the 1971-72 team, which won 33 straight games and finished 69-13. The Lakers need to reach 38 wins to tie the team mark for largest improvement. Entering tonight's game against the Raptors, ESPN's BPI gives the Lakers a 19 percent chance of reaching 38 wins.

Qiushi Li ESPN 

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau on the Knicks' triangle offense: "I think they have incorporated more pick and rolls, which makes sense because it fits the personnel. When you look at Derrick Rose and Jennings, (who are) both very good pick and roll players, and Noa - a very unique player - and the things that he can bring to the offense. Carmelo, his ability to play multiple positions, to play pick and roll, to play isolate and catch and shoot…and he doesn't get enough credit for his playmaking. Courtney (Lee) has been a very good player in the league for a long time, a glue guy. It's a very talented team."