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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.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Embiid. Two-sport star? From today after shootaround here in Boston.

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Howard Chen ESPN 

Not sure which is better: Harden returning tonight, or these Harden cheer puppets and gummies being given away tonight at the game lol

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

James Harden has been cleared to return from his hamstring injury tonight against Minnesota, but will be on a minutes restriction. Luc Mbah a Moute will start for the suspended Trevor Ariza.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee tells reporters in Memphis that he was frustrated by the technical he received from Derrick Stafford with 18 seconds to play and the Knicks down three. Lee was assessed the technical for using inappropriate language, per Stafford. I'm at a loss for words," Lee said. "I wasn't expecting to get a tech." "You can't make the game personal,'' Lee added. "I wasn't even talking to [the ref]. I was talking to (Dillon Brooks). I've been in this league 10 years. I've heard 10 times worse things said. You're ready to throw the ball up but you're eyeing in on that situation?''

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Denver started Will Barton at point guard tonight. Barton had the ball in his hands with the game on the line and wasn't able to execute, and he was fully accountable about the missed opportunity in LA tonight.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Nikola Jokic on fellow Serbia national team member Milos Teodosic dropping a career-high 15 points in their first meeting: "I saw, maybe in the NBA, yeah. ... I like to play against someone who speaks my language, it's kind of fun. I'm glad that he played good."