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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston turned the ball over 15 times in the season opening loss to the Lakers and coach Mike D'Antoni attributed that to the bench. Backup guard Tyler Ennis had four turnovers in the Lakers' game. "Pretty much I thought the bench turned it over a little bit," D'Antoni said. "We got to cut that down. The bench has to do a better job with that and we can do better, we had about 15 we'd like to have 12."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said things won't change much for his team with the Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki out with an illness. "Losing one of the best players ever," D'Antoni said. "You hate it for him. It doesn't change anything, they got a lot of players, somebody else will step up. (JJ) Barea worries me too and Harrison Barnes. They got a lot of answers we just have to play our game and play well."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle said it's too early to know whether Dirk Nowitzki will travel with the team for Sunday's game in Houston. The Mavs were optimistic earlier Friday that Nowitzki would overcome his illness enough to play tonight. "This must be something that does not come around very quickly or very well," Carlisle said. "He just does not miss home openers."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA announces it has fined Dwyane Wade $25,000 for his throat slash gesture at the end of Thursday night's opener against the Boston Celtics.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki will not play against the Rockets due to an illness.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Five questions with Kay Felder before he makes his debut against the Toronto Raptors.


Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce they have picked up contract options years on Doug McDermott, Jerian Grant and Bobby Portis. All three are now signed through 2017-18 season.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Just talked to Sixers forward Jerami Grant -- who had a great quote on teammate Joel Embiid. "He's going to be a problem. No, he's already a problem."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics strength coach Bryan Doo likes to keep things competitive when the team warms up before practices. This is a fun Capture the Flag-like game from a recent session.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown said Sixers will keep Joel Embiid (20 minutes) and Jahlil Okafor (14 minutes) on their minutes restriction against Hawks on Saturday. Also, the two will likely keep rotating in for each other.