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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Hardaway Jr. is wearing a pretty large boot to protect the stress ailment in his lower left leg. It doesn't seem like he'd be ready to come back any time soon but it's worth noting that he was walking without a limp earlier when he didn't have the boot on. He'll be re-evaluated next Tuesday.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Important thing to watch will be whether the Spurs continue to play through LaMarcus Aldridge with Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup. Spurs went to Aldridge early in this one.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

LaVar Ball is relishing his role as an instigator on the road. He never sits courtside at Staples Center.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Career-high alert: Kristaps Porzingis has 29 points (11-for-16) with three minutes to go in the third quarter. His career-high is 40.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek subs in Frank Ntilikina, presumably in an effort to cool off Lonzo Ball. Ball has scored or assisted on 10 Laker points in the last three minutes.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis with five quick points in the second half to energize the MSG crowd. He's scored from all over the floor tonight, hitting 9 of 14 shots.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball has several hoodies with his face on Nas' album cover.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says he stays in touch with ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson and receives coaching advice from him. He commented on Jackson's firing before the Knicks-Lakers game Tuesday. "I don't know all the details of what was going on here, obviously, but a mentor to me like that and someone that means as much to me as Phil does, I feel, I'm not in favor of it happening. But again, I'm coaching in the west coast and I'm not around out here to see everything and how and why everything played out the way it did…. I love the triangle offense. I wanted to see that work. But for whatever reasons it didn't."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Lavar Ball's taking pictures and shaking hands at halftime. He's been greeted by both Amar'e Stoudemire and Spike Lee at his courtside seats.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Midway through the second quarter against Atlanta on Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers hit their 10th 3-pointer of the night. That makes it a franchise-record 17 straight games with 10 3s or more for the Cavs. Cleveland also owns the league record for most 3s in a game with 25 set twice against the Hawks -- once in the playoffs, once in the regular season.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Tina, LaVar, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball courtside at Madison Square Garden for tonight's Lakers-Knicks game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Hearing the ‘Kuz' chant at MSG tonight for Laker Kyle Kuzma. That chant used to be reserved for former Knick Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

There are some Lonzo Ball fans at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick in 2017, is matched up against Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham Jr. is seated courtside next to Magic Johnson, who received a huge applause from the Garden crowd when shown on the big screen. Beckham Jr. and LaMelo Ball know each other and have talked before. It will be interesting to see if Lonzo Ball and Beckham Jr. meet tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Lavar Ball, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are sitting courtside for Knicks-Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Lavar just shook hands with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

LaVar, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are sitting courtside for Lonzo Ball's Madison Square Garden debut tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Whether it's Brandon Ingram or Larry Nance Jr., the Knicks have a mismatch to exploit early with Kristaps Porzingis. It will be interesting to see if they exploit it.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball, his wife Tina, LaMelo and LiAngelo are seated near the end of celebrity row here at Madison Square Garden, a few seats down from Spike Lee's seats.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Should be a fun night of basketball.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) will not play on the upcoming road trip, coach Rick Carlisle said.