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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

R.J. Hunter already has a nameplate up in the Bulls' locker room. He will be wearing number 31 and is expected to speak to the media after the game.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to give more minutes to backups K.J. McDaniels and Sam Dekker. In the loss to the Lakers, McDaniels scored 11 points in 12 minutes off the bench, mainly on athletic drives to the basket. Dekker, who played 13 minutes, scored just four points. "Somebody needs to grab (the minutes) and they will," D'Antoni said. McDaniels and Dekker dealt with some inconsistent play in the preseason but after the season opener, it gave D'Antoni a little more confidence to maybe use them more. "No doubt," he said.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Was James Harden having fun Wednesday night? "Yeah, just being able to get my teammates the ball and give them opportunities to finish layups or shoot the three," he said. "It's a good feeling, as long as they do the right things, like run the floor, I feel like its my job to reward them." The Rockets guard scored 34 points and added a career-high 17 assists in the loss to the Lakers. It was a strong opening night effort for Harden who took over the lead point guard duties. Harden made 56 passes out of 92 touches on Wednesday night.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets about to start their film session. This will be fun.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis, when asked if his 50-point performance last night has sunk in: "I don't even care what I did, we lost. That doesn't really matter. We lost."