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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

I still struggle to picture voting for anyone else for Rookie of the Year over Joel Embiid. His mere 31 games still outshine all other rooks

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens suggested his team was close on a "smaller" deal at the trade deadline. "I was actually walking into practice [last] Thursday morning thinking there was a move that was about to be made," Stevens said on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub. "Not a big one but a relatively smaller one, I guess would be the right way to put it. … Like I said, I thought we were close on one but then that didn't materialize."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Jrue Holiday will give $1,000 for every point and assist he records Friday vs. the Spurs to help New Orleans tornado relief:

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Adding to the initial angst, sources say, is the fact that the game was in DC, where Durant had an estimated 75 family members in the crowd.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant is in "good spirits" thanks to Wednesday's diagnosis after sources say his bruised tibia was initially feared to be fractured.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nerlens Noel was 10 minutes late to the team plane Tuesday, coach Rick Carlisle told reporters at shootaround in Atlanta. Carlisle said he planned to give Noel his first start with the Mavs but will bring the center off the bench against the Hawks due to his tardiness.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis said he hasn't rewatched the technical foul called on DeMarcus Cousins Sunday, but said Cousins' suspension as a result of his 18th technical of the season is "something you just have to live with. We have to go out tonight and play without him. We've done that countless games. … He's a big part of our team, but stuff happens."