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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Morris said he believes he is still a week away from making his debut for the Celtics. Morris, late to camp while on trial in Arizona, is working through knee soreness. "Every day, [the knee is] getting better, work hard, and put more pressure on it. I've done a lot of conditioning, so my shape is better. Hopefully trying to get back next week."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State forwards Draymond Green (knee) and Andre Iguodala (back) will both play tonight against New Orleans.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets PG Chris Paul will sit out Saturday against the Mavs due to his bruised left knee. It's the second straight game Paul will miss.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is "most likely out" from Friday's game vs. the Sixers after tweaking both his ankles against the Bucks. Smart watched Boston's shootaround Friday with his left ankle heavily wrapped and elevated. "[The ankle] was pretty swollen when I woke up [Thursday]. So we're just taking it easy. It's a long season." Smart isn't overly concerned: "It's nothing serious. That's the good thing. If I do not play [Friday], I should be back Tuesday [vs. the Knicks]."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mindaugas Kuzminskas on what he gained from playing for Lithuania this summer in the European Championships: "I think this summer gave me a lot of self confidence because I was playing against players from the league (and) I think I did pretty well, we did pretty well so that gave me extra self confidence to go through the season," he said last week. Kuzminskas, who averaged 15 points and four rebounds in the Euros (re FIBA.com), isn't worried about possibly starting the season out of the regular rotation. He was inactive for the Knicks opener. "I think the season is long and we'll have a lot of things (that happen) during the season. What I learned from the first season is that you've got to be patient and just do your job. Your playing five minutes, your playing 7, your playing 30, you can always bring some benefits." Kuzminskas wasn't always a part of the rotation last year but produced well in stretches when he played.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about Kobe Bryant's MVP challenge for Giannis Antetokounmpo this season: "Well, I think at the end of the day, it's all about team success. That's what we all want. I'm not here to piggyback on what someone else has challenged him on. That's for him and his teammates and the response that he had from Kobe. But he has the skill set, he has the talent and he has a great coach that can help him get to that point."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens called Frank Vogel for advice on how to keep Gordon Hayward engaged during long recovery. Vogel was head coach in Indy as Paul George recovered from his leg injury.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on Giannis Antetokounmpo: "He's a very dynamic player, very good player and on the path to greatness, that's for sure, if he's not already there."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart tweaked both his ankles vs. Bucks. He's uncertain vs. Sixers. Left ankle heavily wrapped at shootaround.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

These "Welcome to the Moment" shirts decorate seats at Wells Fargo Center for Philly's home opener vs. Boston.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball and Lonzo Ball doing what is their routine and having a post-game chat. LaVar Ball says he noticed how the arena was still full in the fourth even as the Lakers were getting blown out and that his son has authored a few stirring comebacks of his own although the Lakers held the rookie out of the fourth with a game to play in Phoenix on Friday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony on his 'walk through hell' tweet: "I mean, it wasn't no subliminals. I don't take subliminals. It was just how I felt, kind of past couple months, past year, past two years. I felt like it was a lot. So if I had the opportunity for people that watch me go through that, to watch the other side of that."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Magic Johnson on going to the World Series as a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

"The Lakers Sign Guy" Gary Martin is still in good spirits.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball walking off the court after his NBA regular season debut.

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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley screamed outside locker room, "Weak a** m****** f******. Bring him out on the court with me and i I will tear his a** up," It's presumed Beverley is talking about Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Patrick Beverley on playing Lonzo Ball tonight.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball, wearing a Dodgers jersey with "Ball" on the back, gives the Dodgers a shout out and says it doesn't matter who they play. Ball says Dodgers will win.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball notes that summer league and preseason is over and the wins and losses count now. And he judges how he does by wins. "We got blown out so I didn't play too well," Ball said. "All I care about is winning."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball liked the shots he got tonight. He said Patrick Beverley did what he's best at in picking him beyond halfcourt. "It's basketball and he plays 94-feet and that is what he's supposed to do."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton said he thought Lonzo Ball kept his composure against Patrick Beverley, who tried to get under Ball's skin and even shoved him at halfcourt at one point.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton said he had to talk to Julius Randle on the bench when he saw the forward "wasn't ready to go" tonight. "I felt when he stepped on the court, he wasn't ready to go so I pulled him out to tell him," said Walton, who noted Randle wasn't thrilled. "... Like a lot of tonight it was a learning experience."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball tried to feel his way through the game and had a "decent" debut in which the rookie showed flashes of what he can do. "I thought he was good," Walton said. "Lonzo, the way he plays this game it is such a feel thing for him. We really saw some of the things he is capable of doing. He likes to take his time doing things [and feel it out]... overall it was a decent game for him."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says young Lakers have to learn how to play through missing shots and not let it impact their defense and rebounding. "I would've liked a more energetic fight and spirit if you will," Walton said. "Plenty to learn from here."

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

LaVar Ball certainly draws a crowd