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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose haven't had great chemistry this season. It will be interesting to see how those two play together tonight with Carmelo Anthony out. Will Rose and Porzingis thrive without Anthony - another player who uses the ball frequently.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs trail the Wizards 40-26 at the end of the 1st Q. John Wall has 18p on 8-for-8 shooting with 5a. WAS is shooting 18-for-22; the Cavs are shooting 10-for-22.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Is LaMarcus Aldridge's resurgence real? Guess we'll see as the season comes to a close.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jazz say Gordon Hayward suffered a left quadriceps contusion. X-rays were negative.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say that Derrick Rose is available tonight. Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) and Lance Thomas (sore right hip) are out for the second straight game.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rudy Gobert: "We've got guys that compete, but some of us don't compete. Some of us just think about scoring. That's what it is. ... Coach keeps repeating it: We've just got to compete. We're too nice. Those guys, we know they're going to get calls. We've just got to come out aggressive and ready to fight."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving's kicks for tonight's game vs. Washington.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz All-Star SF Gordon Hayward was not available to the media after the loss to the Clippers. A team spokesman said that's standard procedure for a player who exits a game due to injury, although coach Quin Snyder said he thinks Hayward is "fine" after bruising his left leg.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Clippers clinched a playoff spot for the 6th consecutive season with a win over Jazz today - they made playoffs 7 times in first 41 seasons in franchise history. They have also beaten Utah 18 out of last 20 meetings, including 3 out of 4 times this season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz coach Quin Snyder on Gordon Hayward: "I think he's fine." Snyder said Hayward suffered a bruised muscle in his leg, not a knee injury.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Clippers 108, Jazz 95 (final). The Clippers close to within a half game in the fight for the West's 4 seed. Jazz's bigger concern: Gordon Hayward's knee injury that caused the All-Star to exit the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz star Gordon Hayward asked out of the game twice during fourth quarter and is sitting out down the stretch. Has ice pack on left knee.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Since DeAndre Jordan picked up his fourth foul with 4:41 left in the third quarter, the Jazz squashed the Clippers' 11-point lead. Rudy Gobert with 7 points and an offensive rebound over that period.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James is officially listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Wizards, per the Cavs.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Clippers are up 49-41 at half vs. Jazz. Their lead was as large as 16 points, but Blake Griffin (1/6 FGs) and Chris Paul (0/4 FGs) really struggled in 2nd quarter

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Boris Diaw started at power forward today for the Jazz at LA, but expect to see Joe Johnson more often. Utah head coach Quin Snyder had high praise for Johnson's versatility and leadership before the game

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