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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins will sit out in Utah tonight with a right ankle sprain. Cousins' second straight absence because of the injury.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward (left quad contusion) and Derrick Favors (left knee contusion) both out tonight against the Pelicans. Joe Ingles and Boris Diane will start in their places, per Jazz coach Quinn Snyder.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Baseline Bums have been tamed a bit since the Spurs' ABA days. They used to sit above the visitors' tunnel in old HemisFair Arena and once pelted then-Nuggets coach Larry Brown with avocados and guacamole on a 10-cent beer night soon after his declaration that guacamole was the only good thing in San Antonio. "Still rowdy, not as drunk," one of the bums says.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose seemed to come up a little lame after hitting a layup over Andre Drummond but if you needed prove of his athleticism or leg strength, he just showed you plenty. It's hard for anyone to finish over Drummond - let alone a 6-3 guard.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Entra a la duela JJ Barea cuando restan seis minutos del primer periodo entre Mavericks y Thunders. Oklahoma City aventaja 16-10 a Dallas con 5:48 en el primer cuarto.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Orlando trails Toronto by 16 at halftime so, baring a Magic comeback, a Knicks win tonight would leave them with the NBA's 6th-worst record.? They are currently tied with Orlando and Philadelphia for the fourth-worst record in the league.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

There are also a lot of LeBron haters in the building.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Bench scoring is making all the difference here as San Antonio finishes the opening quarter with a 28-18 lead thanks to its bench outscoring Cleveland's reserves 15-0. Manu Ginobili leads the way with 7 points on 3-of-3 shooting in just 5 minutes on the floor. Danny Green has 5 points, followed by Kawhi Leonard, who has 4 points and 3 assists. The Spurs have 9 assists on 11 baskets.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavaliers' recent funk continued in the first quarter. There are a lot of LeBron fans in the building, but they have very little to buzz about with the Spurs up 28-18.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek intimated that the performance-enhancer Joakim Noah was suspended for was not provided by the team. "I don't know if it's from the training staff – it's over the counter,'' Hornacek said. ".... Most of these guys, they want to do something on the side, they check with our trainers, analyze it, take a look at it. Sometimes you can't control these guys if they're taking other supplements they buy in the store."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

You can't get much more Texan as an arena than to have rodeo banners in the rafters.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

The Hawks say All-Star forward Paul Millsap has left knee synovitis and will be out for the next three games.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have moved the ball pretty well in triangle sets tonight. They have 8 assists on 13 makes and are shooting 68% from the floor ten minutes in. Derrick Rose has been effective in pick and roll sets, notching three assists so far.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Any team interested in Sam Hinkie must receive permission from the Sixers to speak with him as part of his non-compete agreement this season

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League sources say Kings have interest in bringing Hinkie into their front office. Neither exact role nor Hinkie's interest level yet known

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Story posting now: League sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me that the Kings have received permission to speak to former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Orlando Magic G Elfrid Payton has 4 triple-doubles in the month of March. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only 3 players age 23-or-younger in NBA history have recorded 5 triple-doubles in a calendar month: Magic Johnson (March 1983), Walt Frazier (Feb. 1969), Oscar Robertson (6 times from 1960-62).

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

At least they warn you with the calories counts at the Texas Fare concession stand in the AT&T Center concourse.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron fans line the railings above the visitors' tunnel as he warms up hoping to get a moment after he finishes.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James provides his own soundtrack as he starts his warmup routine.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge gets in some pre-game work.

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