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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant: "I feel good right now. I plan on playing."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant arrived to the arena for shootaround about 45 minutes before his team to get some on-court work in. There's no way he wasn't playing tonight.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State forward Kevin Durant (ankle sprain) has been upgraded to probable for tonight's game against Oklahoma City, league source tells ESPN.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Over the last several seasons, the Cavs have been a team that's rarely practiced. Does that need to change with Isaiah Thomas nearing a comeback? LeBron James says not necessarily. "Well, it's going to depend on the schedule at that point whenever IT is ready to go," James said. "It depends on the schedule if we're going to be able to have practice time for him to get kind of used to the guys. But I think if the schedule is not in the favor of that, he's going to get it on the court and sometimes that's some of the best teacher too when you learn on the fly on the floor. He's a veteran, too, so he kind of knows what to expect and obviously this has been another difficult challenge for him with this injury but we as the other guys that's been playing have to figure out how to get him involved and get him acclimated as quick as possible."

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee today, league sources tell ESPN. Timetable on a return is immediately unclear.

Shelley Smith ESPN Reporter 

The asparagus made it! Warriors at thunder!!

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Have the Celtics had a chance to reflect on their 16-game winning streak? Kyrie Irving says, "there's no time. We play every other day." Cliche as it sounds, he told me the Cs are living in the moment. "We're unwavering. That goes back to the young guys. Then you have me and Al (Horford) and Gordon (Heyward) watching. We're staying the course. It's all new, but the fact we can be present (in the moment) is a step in the right direction."

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics, winners of 16 in a row, are 2.5-point road favorites over the Miami Heat tonight. The Celtics are 14-1-1 against the spread during the streak.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas continues to put in individual work while his Cavs teammates go through shootaround.


Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

More impressive than the Boston Celtics' 16-game winning streak? The team is a ridiculous 14-1-1 against the Las Vegas number over that stretch.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

$13.2 million: Estimated value to Big Baller Brand as a result of the back and forth between LaVar Ball and Donald Trump over the UCLA basketball players release from China. The value grew another $4 million over the last 24 hours, including Trump's two tweets on the topic this morning.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After kind of sleepwalking their way through much of the first half, the Lakers came to life in the third quarter. Julius Randle provided a major spark with eight points, four rebounds and one terrific block at the rim on a Bobby Portis dunk attempt. Trailing by as much as 19, the Lakers used a 30-12 run to get within one just before the end of the quarter.

Denny Alfonso ESPN 

El número 2 de los Lakers Lonzo Ball entrena en el Staples Center después de que su padre LaVar Ball declarará a la prensa que "el equipo está siendo muy suave con él" añadiendo que "no saben cómo entrenar a mi hijo, yo sé cómo hacerlo".

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who is close with Phil Jackson, was asked about Jackson's tenure in New York. "I felt bad for the way things ended," Kerr said at Warriors practice at St. John's University today. "I think Phil did some good things here. Drafting Porzingis and hiring Jeff Hornacek. I think Ntilikina looks like a good player. It feels like they're on a good path right now. It's a hard league, man. Things really have to fall (in your favor), you have to do a good job. But you also have to get some luck. Phil knows that better than anybody. You can be really lucky and inherit Michael Jordan and you can also be unlucky and things don't go your way. It's all part of it. We're all going to have our moments in this league - ups and downs. Phil had so much success as a coach. I don't know, maybe he was due for the down part of it."

Mechelle Voepel @

Lots of WNBA folks here tonight at Pauley Pavilion. And Kobe Bryant and daughter.