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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle said it's too early to know whether Dirk Nowitzki will travel with the team for Sunday's game in Houston. The Mavs were optimistic earlier Friday that Nowitzki would overcome his illness enough to play tonight. "This must be something that does not come around very quickly or very well," Carlisle said. "He just does not miss home openers."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA announces it has fined Dwyane Wade $25,000 for his throat slash gesture at the end of Thursday night's opener against the Boston Celtics.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki will not play against the Rockets due to an illness.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Five questions with Kay Felder before he makes his debut against the Toronto Raptors.


Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce they have picked up contract options years on Doug McDermott, Jerian Grant and Bobby Portis. All three are now signed through 2017-18 season.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Just talked to Sixers forward Jerami Grant -- who had a great quote on teammate Joel Embiid. "He's going to be a problem. No, he's already a problem."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics strength coach Bryan Doo likes to keep things competitive when the team warms up before practices. This is a fun Capture the Flag-like game from a recent session.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown said Sixers will keep Joel Embiid (20 minutes) and Jahlil Okafor (14 minutes) on their minutes restriction against Hawks on Saturday. Also, the two will likely keep rotating in for each other.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Niko Mirotic on Fred Hoiberg's decision to start Taj Gibson at the power forward spot. "I respect the decision. Taj is an amazing player. He's playing so good, he's in great shape, he deserved to be the starter a lot of years here so I respect that."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

R.J. Hunter is looking forward to being teammates with Dwyane Wade. "He's been a role model of mine since I was young," Hunter said. "Actually my AAU team since I was younger was DWade. I don't know if that was an official sponsor but that's what we were called so it's kind of crazy how life comes back around."