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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State finds itself in a miniature hole on the road. New Orleans jumps out to a 17-6 lead. Smoothie King Center is electric thus far.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

In need of a spark, the shorthanded Celtics got an unexpected boost from two end-of-the-roster players in Shane Larkin and Jabari Bird. Larkin scored eight fourth-quarter points and Bird, a two-way call-up contributed some key minutes, as Boston spoiled the 76ers home opener with a 102-92 triumph.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

One game after he started, Luol Deng is inactive tonight against Phoenix. Luke Walton says he is making changes to his starting lineup and rotation.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs bench ranked 29th in the league in bench scoring last season at 29.1 points per game. Tonight Cleveland's reserves are outscoring Milwaukee's second unit 40-17 late in the fourth quarter.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics are so shorthanded due to injury that rookie Jabari Bird, with the team on a two-way contract, made his season debut in the third quarter of Friday's game against the 76ers. Boston is currently playing without three of its top six players (Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris).

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to show he is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the league. He appears to be even more confident in his all around game this season. He is going to give teams a headache every night throughout the year.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nerlens Noel is in the Mavs' starting lineup after his 16-point, 11-rebound, three-block performance off the bench in the opener.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Playoff atmosphere in Milwaukee tonight.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) is out tonight against the Kings. He was a late scratch.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Been to plenty of games in Milwaukee — never heard it this loud. Fans are into it early chanting "MVP, MVP" for Giannis.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

How Joel Embiid's intro sounded inside the Wells Fargo Center before Friday's home-opener against the Celtics.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings coach Dave Joerger on rookie De'Aaron Fox, 19: "He's one of the higher IQ guys on our team, so I've got to catch everybody up to him."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Randolph will make his Kings debut tonight against the Mavs after missing the opener due to oral surgery.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs G Devin Harris is taking a leave after tragic death of his brother Bruce. "He can take as long as he needs," coach Rick Carlisle said.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Cavs huddle up before heading out to face the Bucks

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Hood up, Jae Crowder warms up on the floor where he once played for Marquette

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Dwyane Wade works on his wing-post game as he prepares for the Bucks

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Derrick Rose with an extensive pregame stretching routine

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward was discharged from New England Baptist Hospital this evening. Hayward is at home and ready to dive into the recovery process that's been laid out for him.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart (ankle) is out vs. the Sixers. Aron Baynes moves into the starting lineup for Boston, joining Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.

Nick Metallinos ESPN 

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown says he expects the Celtics to play a smaller lineup tonight, and says he feels like Aron Baynes will be given extra minutes by Brad Stevens.

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

LeBron James going around through his pregame routine in Milwaukee. Just let vet 90 minutes from tip.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston, among other teams, have reached out to representatives of Jameer Nelson, league sources tell ESPN.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Point guard Jameer Nelson has cleared waivers and is free to sign with any team, league sources tell ESPN. He was released by the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to clear room for Richard Jefferson.

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Sources: Houston's been on phones. feeling out agents on available point guards for a possible 2-to-4 week stretch without Chris Paul.