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How will the Heat respond to Friday's 30-point loss to the Cavaliers when they play the Bulls? Even one of Miami's strengths, NBA rebounding leader Hassan Whiteside, might be affected by the Bulls' offensive rebounding -- they lead the league in that statistic (13.5 per game).

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The Trail Blazers' 44 points in the first quarter against the Pacers marked Portland's most in an opening quarter since it scored 44 against the Warriors on Feb. 19, 2003.

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The Cavaliers' LeBron James has shot 53.2 percent from the field against the Hornets in his career, his highest shooting percentage against any one opponent. Cleveland is 7-1 against the Hornets since James' first season back in Cleveland in 2014-15.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on James Harden: "He's basically become the quintessential big point guard. He presents a lot of challenges."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Erik Spoelstra on seeing Dwyane Wade in a different jersey: "That's not ever going to look right."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said there are some issues with power forward Donatas Motiejunas' availability. He would not elaborate other than to say he expected him to be at the Toyota Center on Saturday.

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The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only player in the NBA who is leading his team in scoring, assists, rebounds, blocks, and steals. The last player to do that for an entire season? LeBron James for the 2008-09 Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Wilson Chandler leads the Nuggets in scoring at 18.0 points per game despite starting only two games this season. He has averaged 16.8 points off the bench, third in the NBA behind Lou Williams and Eric Gordon.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that J.R. Smith will return to the starting lineup Saturday against Charlotte. All of the rest of the Cavs will play, other than Channing Frye, who is excused for the funeral of his father.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Both sides can opt out of the current labor agreement this coming Thursday (Dec. 15) but a deal, as Melo notes, has been assumed for weeks.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Bombshell from @ramonashelburne: @CarmeloAnthony tells her there's been a snag in labor talks between the NBA and union at "the 25th hour"

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The Pacers, who lost to the Mavericks on Friday, are 0-4 this season on zero days' rest, losing the last two of those back-to-backs by at least 35 points (both against the Warriors). Indiana plays the Trail Blazers tonight, and no team in NBA history has lost three straight games on zero days' rest by at least 30 points (sources: Elias Sports Bureau).

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Luke Walton said there's a possibility that starting point guard D'Angelo Russell, who has been sidelined by a sore knee, could play Sunday against the New York Knicks.