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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony, warming up with a hoodie on, just took a short break to embrace Spike Lee and one of the veteran Madison Square Garden security guards.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A few boos, but mostly cheers, as Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder come out for layup lines before tonight's Knicks-OKC game.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

James Harden's adidas kicks for warmups.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On Michael Beasley starting tonight in place of Kristaps Porzingis, it's worth noting that Beasley's averaging 14 points over the past two games in 21 minutes per game.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

James Harden out on the court testing out his sore left knee. You can see the extra wrap on that knee on the zoom. He's a game time decision tonight against the Bucks, as the Rockets look for their 13th straight win.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

In the Thunder locker room before tonight's game against the Knicks, Russell Westbrook was asked how strange it was that OKC was on the road for two "reunion" games this week (Paul George back to Indy, Carmelo back to NYC). As Westbrook answered, Carmelo, getting stretched out nearby, laughed and shouted: "It ain't a coincidence."

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Harden arrived at the arena earlier than usual, presumably for treatment on his knee. If doctor gives the ok, Harden will play.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

James Harden and Clint Capela are game time decisions tonight vs. Bucks. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni just informed the media. Houston is going for their 13th consecutive win tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Beasley will start in place of Kristaps Porzingis. Joakim Noah is active.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis will not play tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A look at Carmelo Anthony walking in to MSG tonight via ESPN's Brian Franey:

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Favors (eye laceration) out tonight vs. Cavs.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says Tristan Thompson will play tonight vs. Jazz. Lue also says there is no update on Derrick Rose. Rose (ankle) remains out indefinitely.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis is talking with the medical staff after going through shootaround. Status unclear as of now.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

This man outside Madison Square Garden is hopeful those inside it will give Carmelo Anthony a raucous ovation tonight. Although he knows things didn't work out on the floor with Melo and the Knicks, he still believes Anthony represented New York well when he was here.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Less than three hours before Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden, some New York basketball fans and random passerbys greet an arriving Thunder bus.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says he cannot leave the state of California for 25 days due to the legal matter stemming from a plea agreement he reached in May on a misdemeanor offense for operating a vehicle while intoxicate when he was with the Pistons in March. Caldwell-Pope will not be able to travel to play at Houston on Dec. 20 and Dec. 31 and at Minnesota on Jan. 1. He will be able to play at Golden State on Dec. 22.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Curry (ankle sprain) seen after practice getting shots up without a noticeable limp. He's not going full speed yet, but it's an encouraging progression for the Warriors.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green (shoulder soreness), Nick Young (concussion protocol) and Stephen Curry (ankle sprain) did not participate in practice on Saturday. Zaza Pachulia (shoulder soreness) did practice. Golden State's next opponent is the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday at Staples Center.