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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

They love them some Manu Ginobili:


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Marcus Smart confident he'll be back in playoffs? "I am confident ... I'm real real real excited and eager to get back out there, whenever that is. Hopefully sooner than later." It was Smart and Gordon Hayward working out together today at Celtics facility. Said Smart: "I got a workout partner."


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Update: Knicks and Bulls are shooting a combined 15-for-48 (31%) after one quarter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks and Bulls have combined to shoot 3-for-15 in the opening five minutes.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Lots of international Spurs fans. So fun to watch:


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting for the Knicks tonight: Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Michael Beasley, Enes Kanter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on Ty Lue taking time away from the Cavs due to a health issue: "Now you guys understand what coaches have to go through. It's hard. I think Steve Clifford had it earlier in the season. Now Tyrone is going through it. It's tough, it's a stressful job. And it's hard because all the coaches work extremely long hours. There's always a game to watch, always another film to watch. You want to be as best prepared as you can and sometimes you fail to realize what you're health is doing with lack of sleep and stuff like that. So hope he gets better and they're in the playoffs, so hopefully he gets back for that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance Thomas is not with the Knicks for their game against the Bulls tonight due to personal reasons.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs coach Larry Drew says Kevin Love will play tonight.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook has a pretty straightforward answer on what he likes about the way the Thunder are moving the ball and playing efficient offense.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Tyronn Lue's decision to step away to focus on his health. Kerr has dealt with own health issues with his back, and empathizes. "I feel for Ty. We've been in contact and we…health is everything," Kerr said. "This game is fun, and it's exciting, and we all love our jobs. But we just want to be healthy. We just want everyone to be healthy, the players, the coaches. So we're thinking about Ty and hoping he can recover quickly, and find some answers and get back on the sidelines because he's a great guy. He's a great representative for their team and for the league. We just want him back. It's hard. No matter how you slice it, it's difficult when you're dealing with health stuff, and you're trying to do what's best for the team. You have to sort things out whatever your health situation is. It's not easy." Kerr was asked what might contribute to health-related issues for NBA coaches that might not be obvious to the casual observer. "I think sleep is a big deal," Kerr said. "It's one of the reasons we kind of tailor our schedule when we travel to letting the guys sleep. Coaches need sleep too. There's a lot of recovery that goes on when you're resting, and you need that. You need to eat well, you need to stay hydrated. But things happen. That's what I've learned. Stuff happens, unexpected stuff. And you've got to just deal with it and do the best you can."