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Bobby Marks ESPN 

The Kemba Walker $12M contract is one of the best values in the NBA and ranks 19th among point guards. Walker is extension eligible in the offseason (6 months after a possible trade) at a starting salary of $14.4M. A team that has cap space can renegotiate the Walker contract up until Feb. 28. The 2018-19 $12M salary can also be renegotiated starting July 6.

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straight All-Star Game. That will break a tie with Bob Cousy for most consecutive All-Star Game starts in NBA history.

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Eric Gordon is 1 of 3 players in NBA this season with multiple 30-point games off the bench (Lou Williams, Rodney Hood).

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LeBron James' teams are now 20-1 in his last 21 games against the Magic.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets are now 16-0 when James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela all play.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden's return after missing seven games due to a strained hamstring: 10 points, 3-15 FG, 7 assists in 26 minutes. Harden extended his streak of double-digit scoring games to 227, the second-longest active streak behind LeBron James (834).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown is choosing family over fan base for Sunday's AFC title game. Said Brown: "Good luck to the Patriots but I hope my cousin [Jaguars CB AJ Bouye] picks off [Tom] Brady three times and takes it to the house. ... Expect me to come to the game on Sunday with my AJ Bouye jersey."

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Rockets up 13 on Minnesota at the half despite a very rusty James Harden, (4 points on 2/8 shooting) It was the Chris Paul show to end the 2nd as he scored or assisted on the Rockets final 15 points. He's got 13 points and 5 assists so far. Jimmy Butler leads the Wolves, also with 13 points.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

James Harden goes to the bench here in the first quarter, trying to shake off the rust of his 7 game absence. 0 points on 0/4 shooting, 2 turnovers and 1 assist. He's played 8 minutes so far and will be limited to 25 minutes tonight as he returns from that hamstring injury.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

With Luc Mbah a Moute starting in place of the suspended Trevor Ariza, this is now the 10th different lineup for the Rockets this season. Harden, Paul, Anderson and Capela round out the starting 5.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Guard Lance Stephenson, whose status for Thursday's game in Portland had been uncertain after he missed shootaround due to illness, will play against the Blazers according to Indiana coach Nate McMillan.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

James Harden warming up before making his return from a hamstring injury tonight against the Timberwolves.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on the sore left shoulder that will keep him out Thursday vs. Philadelphia: "Structurally, everything is good in my shoulder and I'm [going to] do what's best, take a few days to strengthen it up even more and then try to give it a go Sunday. … Just precautionary stuff and just making sure everything is alright from a strength perspective."

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are out for tomorrow's game against Indiana. Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Kyle Kuzma (left hand joint sprain) are questionable.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Embiid reaction finding out he made the All-Star Game.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics have set up a tribute to Jo Jo White with his jersey draped on his familiar seat at TD Garden. Workers are wearing No. 10 pins in his honor.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Media and fans voted Joel Embiid over Kristaps Porzingis. Players voted Kristaps Porzingis ahead of Embiid.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis was not voted as an East starter. He'll have to be voted in as a reserve by the coaches.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving said a shoulder MRI came back negative but he's been sore. He's hopeful to be back on court as early as Sunday vs Magic.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce after re-evaluation Kris Dunn is in the concussion protocol and is out indefinitely. He also had his two front teeth stabilized with braces. He will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says Derrick Rose will play tonight and come off the bench against the Orlando Magic. He's on a minute restriction. Dwyane Wade will play tonight also. Lue previously mentioned using Rose on nights when Wade rests. The second unit, according to Lue, will he Rose, Wade, Kyle Korver, Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In its 2-minute report, the NBA says the technical foul called on Courtney Lee with 18 seconds left in last night's loss to Memphis was the correct call. The report says all technical fouls are reviewed by league operations.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics'guard Kyrie Irving is out vs Philly due to a sore shoulder. Brad Stevens says he's hopeful to have him back "sooner than later" but has no firm timetable.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kyrie Irving won't play tonight against Philly due to shoulder soreness. Brad Stevens said it doesn't seem like it will be a long-term issue.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Embiid got a chance to meet UFC star and fellow Cameroon native Francis Ngannou earlier today. Ngannou will fight at UFC 220 in Boston on Saturday.