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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, president of NBA's coaches association, on the Bucks firing Jason Kidd: "Very surprising. Very unexpected. I don't know what to say."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Sources: Jason Kidd hasn't been officially told yet. Giannis Antetokounmpo is devastated.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony on the Thunder's playing well against the top teams in the league: "I don't think that's been our issue, it's beating teams we're supposed to beat."


Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford are out tonight vs. Clippers, according to Thibs.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs point guard Tony Parker came off the bench Sunday against the Indiana Pacers for the 21st time in his career, and the first time since the 2010 playoffs. Parker said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told him that "he thought it was time." "I was like, ‘Oh, no problem,'" Parker said. "Just like Manu [Ginobili], just like Pau [Gasol], that day's going to come. And if Pop sees something that is good for the team, I'll try to do my best."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton admits that Alex Caruso could get some consideration to start at point guard with Lonzo Ball out. Caruso had nine points, eight assists and four rebounds in 30 minutes on Sunday against the Knicks while Tyler Ennis logged 11 minutes and went scoreless. Walton, though, does like the pairing of Caruso with Jordan Clarkson off the bench. "I don't think I will try it but he is an option," Walton said of Caruso starting in the future. "... He has got great size, he is tough, he can guard multiple positions in a modern NBA where a lot of teams switch everything, especially second units. We told him that he needs to work on is being able to knock down that spot-up 3-point shot. He is a good crafty playmaker when he gets in the paint so I think he is fine there... if he is hitting that shot consistently, I think in my opinion he is definitely a consistent NBA rotational player."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points in 10 minutes. Luke Walton played Kuzma just two minutes in the second half but not because Kuzma jammed his right index finger. The Lakers have been harping on Kuzma to concentrate on his defense over offense. "Yeah his hand was hurting but I took him out because of defense, not because of his hand," Walton said. "... But he was good to go. If the game went a certain way, he would have gotten another opportunity but our defense was getting every stop we needed so I didn't see the point to change that up."