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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Down 18 early in the third quarter on the second night of a back-to-back after losing in OT last night, Minnesota probably needs to make a run now.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

CJ McCollum seems to have Minnesota's number. The Blazers guard scored a career-high 43 points in the last meeting and has 21 at halftime as Portland leads 60-46.

J.A. Adande @jadande

Soooo, Wizards beating the fully stocked Cavs in Cleveland tonight: a thing or nothing?

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Thibodeau with a fantastic disgruntled timeout signal after Al-Farouq Aminu beat the Timberwolves' defense downcourt for a dunk.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

With tonight's loss to San Antonio, the Knicks have tied Orlando for the NBA's fourth-worst record. Both teams have one more loss than Sacramento and Philadelphia. New York entered the weekend with a 28 percent chance of getting a top-5 pick. That's the only number worth keeping an eye on over the final 9 games.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Portland has been able to get Karl-Anthony Towns switched on CJ McCollum and McCollum has made a pair of 3s over Towns. He's got 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

I know he's been in foul trouble but it's a bit strange to see Kristaps Porzingis take just 6?shots thus far. San Antonio has done a nice job taking things away from Porzingis, who hasn't gotten more than 3 good looks at the basket.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The backcourt has led Portland to a 27-21 advantage over Minnesota after one quarter. CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard have combined for 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The only Cavs D in circulation at present is DISAPPOINTMENT. Think we can drop all the disclaimers now and declare this a three-man MVP race

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs lose 127-115 as they dug a hole for themselves early against Washington and couldn't come back. LeBron James 24p 11r 8a; Kyrie Irving 23p 4a; Kevin Love 17p 7r; Richard Jefferson 10p; Kyle Korver 10p. WAS put all five starters in double digits led by John Wall 37p 11a 2s and Bradley Beal 27p 6a. The Wizards shot 59.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from 3. Washington outrebounded Cleveland 40-32.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks haven't quit. They cut San Antonio's 18-point lead to four late in the 3rd quarter behind Willy Hernangomez's 22 points.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Blazers about to tip off in Portland against Minnesota but all eyes on Oregon in the Elite Eight.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Grizzlies C Marc Gasol is questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors due to a left foot strain.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins is listed as questionable for tomorrow's game in Denver with a right ankle sprain.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has four fouls in the first half. The Knicks missed two bunnies on one possession and are down 18. The tank rolls on.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

How much does homecourt advantage in first round mean to Jazz? "It don't matter," said George Hill, who was minus-29 in loss to Clippers.

Jay Bilas @JayBilas

If there's not a place for KU's Frank Mason, III in the NBA, then I don't know what. Dude is a stud.