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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Sources: Eric Bledsoe met with team this morning before shootaround and he was sent home. He will not play tonight against Sacramento.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says Frank Ntilikina will not play on Tuesday against Boston due to an ankle injury. Ntilikina missed most of practice Monday but Hornacek said the rookie's lateral movement has improved and the Knicks hope to have him back for Friday's game against Brooklyn. Ntilikina has missed two games with the ankle sprain, which he suffered in practice Friday. He missed the final four games of the preseason with a knee contusion and the entire summer league with a similar injury. Hornacek said the organization isn't worried about Ntilikina, whom they selected with the No. 8 overall pick, being injury-prone. The coach said the 19-year-old's ailments are a result of playing with maximum effort. "He's playing as hard as he can .... I can't complain about that."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr on potential NBA discipline for Steph Curry: "Haven't heard anything."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic remains in concussion protocol. It remains unclear if Mirotic will need surgery to fix facial fractures.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Kris Dunn (finger) will practice today but will likely be out tomorrow vs. Cavs.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVine says he has been taking contact "here and there." Will be taking contact "very soon."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine reiterated that he expects to be a Bull for a long time. Confident he will get a deal done this summer.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine sounds optimistic about how his rehab is going. Hopeful that he'll be able to start taking contact soon. Mid-November still target for contact.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. on Steph Curry: "He's debatably the best point guard in the league. That's the goal I'm trying to get to."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (ankle) did not practice today. The guess here is he is unlikely to play on Tuesday against Boston.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr.: "I'm playing tonight." He said the Mavs were being cautious with minor swelling in his knee.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Attorney Alex Spiro, who represented Knicks great Charles Oakley in a criminal matter last year, is leaving his current firm, Brafman & Associates to join international firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Oakley, under Spiro's guidance, accepted a deal to have charges stemming from a February incident at Madison Square Garden dismissed. Oakley is pursuing civil litigation against Madison Square Garden and chief executive James Dolan. It is unclear how Spiro's move impacts Oakley's litigation, if at all. Spiro also defended NBA forward Thabo Sefolosha in 2015 when he was cleared of charges resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Sefolosha settled a suit against the New York Police Department for $4 million.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

After his hot start, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the favorite to win the NBA MVP at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Antetokounmpo is the favorite at 9-4, followed by LeBron James (4-1), Kawhi Leonard (6-1) and Kevin Durant (13-2). Through three games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

LaVar Ball was encouraged by the Lakers' performance in a losing effort vs. the Pelicans, saying that the team picked Lonzo up after Lonzo's great performance Friday night in Phoenix. LaVar Ball also thought the Lakers' comeback from down 21 in the 3rd quarter will help them in the long run. But he challenged Lonzo to rebound more and close better.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple-double again with 8 points, 13 assists and 8 rebounds. However, Ball struggled with his shot, missing 10-of-13 shots and all five of his 3-point attempts. He also had 5 turnovers. It was a good learning experience for Ball against the likes of Jrue Holiday with bigs like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins inside to clog the lanes. "I thought he was good," Luke Walton said. "... I liked Lonzo's aggression tonight... those two bigs, they're monsters in there." Walton says Ball will learn how to deal with that kind of size has he gains experience.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' bench showed it can play game-changing defense. Luke Walton may have found himself a combination to use with Kyle Kuzma (20 points), Jordan Clarkson (24 points), Julius Randle (11 points), Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. That unit used a 29-5 run to get the Lakers back in a game that seemed over. "I was searching to find guys that would play at that level," Walton said. "That's probably the first time that lineup ever played together. They were all fighting."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first game as a Laker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered the things the Lakers signed him for. He provided an offensive, defensive and energy spark with 20 points, 2 steals and a block.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George on the final play, isn't placing any blame on the officials.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on Melo's apparent big shot, OKC's crunchtime offense and the Karl Towns hard screen that freed Wiggins.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The energy in Staples and with the Lakers is low at the start of this game. And the Pelicans' slow pace isn't helping the Lakers, who trailed by 15 early in second. Lakers are having to work very hard on offense with no easy baskets and are having all sorts of problems stopping Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Lakers have already worked in Lonzo Ball's single "Super Saiyan" to their sound effects after he scores. Ball released the single Friday night after his 29-point near-triple-double in Phoenix.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

With 8.9 seconds left, Westbrook dropped it off to Melo for a go-ahead 3 to put OKC up 113-112, but Andrew Wiggins hit a running buzzer beating banked 3 to beat the Thunder, 115-113. Wiped out what was another clutch-time masterpiece from Westbrook.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The clutch king a year ago, Russell Westbrook apparently still has it. He wanted a 2-for-1 and drilled a 3 with 29.4 seconds left to tie up the Wolves, 110-110.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo is inactive tonight in Los Angeles, but he got some work in pregame.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder have entered clutch-time (last five minutes, margin within five) for the first time this season. Westbrook took the first shot of it, nailing a 3. It will be interesting to see how the offense plays out down the stretch.