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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hello again, Toyota Center. Ready for the third stage of the Texas 4-Step.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The waiting for your favorite player to arrive is the hardest part.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics forward Jae Crowder is the latest NBA player to receive a Potato Parcel and posted it to his Instagram. The potato takes a jab at the Mavericks for trading Crowder away. Dallas owner Mark Cuban (politely) declined to invest in the company during its appearance on Shark Tank.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Avery Bradley on Celtics being No. 1 seed for moment: "Every team in the NBA should want to be the best team in the NBA. We're showing that we can be if we're playing the right way, if we're playing the right kind of basketball. That's an accomplishment to be the first team in the East. We understand that. But at the same time we understand we could lose it tomorrow."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas: Being at top of East is "cool," but "we're chasing something bigger than that."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas thinks the Cavaliers will be OK despite recent struggles. "They've been struggling for whatever reason but it's still an NBA-championship-caliber team. They're defending champions so it goes through them until someone eliminates them. I don't think you can be too worried about the things that they're struggling with right now. They're a really good team. Sooner or later they'll probably figure it out."

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The Heat currently own a 1.5-game lead over the Pistons for the No. 8 seed in the East, with the Bulls a half-game back. Detroit has lost seven of eight games, yet a win over Miami on Tuesday night would clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker (Pistons lead season series 2-1 over Heat).

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The Nuggets and Trail Blazers enter their matchup with identical 35-38 records and tied for the No. 8 seed in the West. If Portland wins on Tuesday night, it will clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker (Blazers lead season series 2-1). How close are these teams? Denver has outscored Portland 116.7-115.7 on average this season.