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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Not much has changed for the Knicks' lottery projections after their last 2 losses. They have a 31% chance of landing a top-5 pick and a 21% chance of getting a top-3 pick, per ESPN's BPI. NY is virtually guaranteed a top-10 pick (99.9%). There are 8 teams 'competing' for top lottery seeding. The Knicks have the fourth toughest remaining schedule among that group of 8, per BPI.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Hearing Magic Johnson, knowing UCLA/Kentucky is scouting must first-hand, will reluctantly miss Shaquille O'Neal's statue ceremony tonight.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Staring at about six screens trying to figure out how the Nets have more wins in this mad, mad March (six) than the Cavaliers (five) ...

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

There's more coaching decisions made in one NBA game that in three college games. Smart guy guy could adjust easily to college coaching.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Patrick Ewing, G-Town's greatest player, has put lot of time in as NBA assistant w/great coaches. Coaching will be no issue. Recruiting key.

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The Lakers have the worst record in the NBA since the All-Star break, and their defense has been just as atrocious. They are giving up over 118 points per game and are being outscored by an average of 13.2 points, both worst in the league.

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The Suns' starting lineup Thursday had an average age of 21 years, 14 days. Gonzaga's average? 22 years, 150 days. es.pn/2nYRouG

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The Suns' starting lineup Thurssday had an average age of 21 years, 14 days. Gonzaga's average? 22 years, 150 days. es.pn/2nke0Yb

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Orange County Register, Knicks team president Phil Jackson will be in Los Angeles on Friday, attending the unveiling of the Shaquille O'Neal statue at Staples Center. Also on Friday: the East Regional at MSG and the UCLA-Kentucky game in Memphis. Knicks GM Steve Mills, and not Jackson, will reportedly attend the game in Memphis.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on J.J. Barea's flagrant 2: "Watching [Blake] Griffin's cat-ate-the-canary smile tells you the story of that play. That's all you have to look at."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks lost for the 7th time in 8 games, but this may have been the first game they have actually tanked in the traditional sense. No Carmelo, Derrick Rose or Lance Thomas tonight. New York is tied with Sacramento for the 6th worst record in the NBA.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki said the flagrant 2 ruling against J.J. Barea was "just weak. ... It's tough to tell these days in this league what's a flagrant 1, what's a tech. I'm lost, and I think so are the refs."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Referee Bill Spooner on J.J. Barea's flagrant 2 foul committed against Blake Griffin: