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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas thinks the Cavaliers will be OK despite recent struggles. "They've been struggling for whatever reason but it's still an NBA-championship-caliber team. They're defending champions so it goes through them until someone eliminates them. I don't think you can be too worried about the things that they're struggling with right now. They're a really good team. Sooner or later they'll probably figure it out."

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The Heat currently own a 1.5-game lead over the Pistons for the No. 8 seed in the East, with the Bulls a half-game back. Detroit has lost seven of eight games, yet a win over Miami on Tuesday night would clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker (Pistons lead season series 2-1 over Heat).

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The Nuggets and Trail Blazers enter their matchup with identical 35-38 records and tied for the No. 8 seed in the West. If Portland wins on Tuesday night, it will clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker (Blazers lead season series 2-1). How close are these teams? Denver has outscored Portland 116.7-115.7 on average this season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah was cleared last night by Knicks doctors to resume playing. He needs to be cleared by league doctors to return to the active roster and begin his suspension, though that seems like a formality at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah apologizes to the Knicks and their fans for taking a banned substance:

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The Wizards clinch the Southeast Division title with a win over the Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET) or a Hawks loss to the Suns (7:30 p.m. ET) on Tuesday night.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose catching up with Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston after practice:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah said the substance he took was not approved by the Knicks' medical staff. It was an over the counter supplement. He took it while rehabbing from injury.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Got some good grub at Mikeska's BBQ in Columbus, Texas with some furry friends.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah apologized to the Knicks and fans for the 'mistake' that he says he made in taking a substance that violated the NBA's drug policy.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah is practicing. If he's cleared by NBA doctors for tomorrow's game, he'll start his 20-game suspension.

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The Rockets have tallied 1,070 three-pointers this season and stand 8 shy of breaking the NBA record for a single season set by last year's Golden State Warriors.

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No NBA team has featured more balanced scoring this season than the Wizards, who comfortably lead the league in games with all five starters in double figures. That's a far cry from where Washington was a season ago.

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The Warriors and Rockets are on pace to record two of the three highest single-season offensive efficiencies in the last 35 seasons. The Warriors have outscored the Rockets by an average score of 126-120 this season.

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The NBA's top-five teams have mostly beaten each other up this season. But after Monday's rout of the Cavs, the Spurs are 9-1 against Cleveland, Houston, Golden State and Boston, with the only loss coming by two points (Nov. 9 vs. Rockets).

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Not only did Russell Westbrook record his 37th triple-double of the season on Monday night, but he also took over the game with 12 of Oklahoma City's final 14 points in a 92-91 win over Dallas.