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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Warriors losing Kevin Durant for four weeks with a sprained MCL and a bone bruise of the left leg, it could open the door for some other teams behind them in the Western Conference to move up in the standings. "They still got three all stars on the team," Rockets guard James Harden said. "Hopefully he can get healthy as soon as possible, we're all praying for him. They're still a really good team. For us, we got to focus on what we have to do and how we can get better and put ourselves in a good positon for the postseason." Rockets are the No. 3 team in the West.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Sixers announce that Joel Embiid is out for the season due to meniscus tear in his knee becoming more "pronounced."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

I still struggle to picture voting for anyone else for Rookie of the Year over Joel Embiid. His mere 31 games still outshine all other rooks

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens suggested his team was close on a "smaller" deal at the trade deadline. "I was actually walking into practice [last] Thursday morning thinking there was a move that was about to be made," Stevens said on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub. "Not a big one but a relatively smaller one, I guess would be the right way to put it. … Like I said, I thought we were close on one but then that didn't materialize."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Jrue Holiday will give $1,000 for every point and assist he records Friday vs. the Spurs to help New Orleans tornado relief: