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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle, essentially telling reporters to stop asking about Dirk Nowitzki's status: "I talked to [Mavs head athletic trainer Casey Smith] yesterday, and I think he's going to be out for a while. I think indefinitely is an accurate word. … Taking daily questions about it gets exhausting for him. And if it's not going to happen real soon, then what's the point? Look, progress has been made. It's just not there yet."

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NBA guys will not overthink good & bad performances today. Box score means zero. It's how athleticism, positional size & upside fit in NBA.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Westchester Knicks coach Mike Miller says Cleanthony Early has been a full participant in practice after missing three months with a hamstring injury. Miller expects Early, the Knicks' second-round draft pick in 2014, to begin playing in games with the Westchester Knicks this month. Early is an NBA free agent, so he can sign with any club.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have assigned Maurice Ndour to the D League for the Westchester Knicks' game tonight against Erie. NYK has been sending players back and forth fairly frequently this season.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni says the Rockets have so many shooters that he jokes about trying not to mess things up.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

From Friday night, Rockets guard Eric Gordon said his team didn't want a let down against the Nuggets after beating the Warriors the previous game.


Wade comes out on top against LeBron

The night starts with LeBron James paying up by showing up to the game in a full Cubs uniform, and ends with Dwyane Wade scoring 24 points in the Bulls' 111-105 win over the Cavs.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he's not sure when the team will make a final decision regarding the offer sheet signed by Donatas Motiejunas on Friday. "I have to talk to the owner before we make a decision," Morey said Friday night. "There's been a lot of restricted free agents that went late into the season, several into December, it's a process that's part of how things work, sometimes it takes a little longer. But we're happy it's going to come to a resolution."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni said Trevor Ariza left the game with back spasms. "He'll be alright," D'Antoni said.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets completed their five-game road trip with a dominating 128-110 victory over the Nuggets. Houston finished the trip 4-1 with the most impressive games coming on the back end, a double-overtime win at Golden State and Friday night's win against the Nuggets after arriving in Denver at 5 a.m. local time. Houston made 17 three-pointers. James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points and Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon added 18 points each.