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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."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma had an X-ray on his right index finger, which he jammed on a fall, and results were negative. Kuzma says he will be fine.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks turned in one of their worst defensive performances of the season, allowing the Lakers to hit 56 percent from the field in a 20-point road loss. New York has dropped 12 of 16 and is 6-17 on the road. The club is three games out of 8th place in the East.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This is one the worst efforts we've seen the Knicks give defensively this season. Jeff Hornacek looking to Ron Baker to try to steady things early in the fourth quarter. Maybe he can slow Jordan Clarkson down. Clarkson has hit 10 of 16 shots and handed out 8 assists off the bench.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving after Duke landed top hoops recruit Zion Williamson: "Another one. That's all I've got to say. One, two and three. That's what we do, baby. The [Duke] brotherhood. … It's just awesome to hear that when Zion was speaking he spoke on the Duke brotherhood because it's a strong bond that we all have. And connected for life."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Hardaway Jr. has hit 11 of his last 14 threes. His two threes in the first two minutes of the second half have helped the Knicks take a 4-point lead after an awful defensive first half in Los Angeles.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Non-game note: the Knicks have created a "Junior Knicks Coach of the Year" award, recognizing standout youth basketball coaches in the Tristate area. Submissions can be entered online at the Knicks website. The deadline for submission is Tuesday. The winner will be entered as the Knicks nominee in the Jr NBA Coach of the Year contest.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks and Rangers both play in the Staples Center today. The two teams - both tenants of Madison Square Garden - haven't played in the same road building since 1957.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma jammed his right middle finger but is available to play.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks are shooting 60 percent from the floor but trail the Lakers by four. Why? They're simply getting out hustled. Los Angeles has doubles the Knicks' offensive rebound totally (8 to 4) and has gotten to several loose balls early on.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt "Clyde" Frazier, the Knicks television analyst, jokes on MSG Network that he's keeping his hands ready today after he suffered a scratched cornea when an errant basketball hit him in the face against Memphis on Wednesday.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma took a hard spill to the floor and came up holding and shaking his right hand. He already had a sprained joint in his left hand. Kuzma is getting his hand looked at on bench.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek isn't happy with his club right now. The Knicks have allowed the Lakers to shoot 52 percent in the first 15 minutes today. Kyle Kuzma scores 10 points in 5 minutes as NYK has struggled with some of its pick and roll overages.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram is back in the starting lineup.

Denny Alfonso ESPN 

La estrella de los Knicks Kristaps Porzingis saluda a la afición de la gran manzana que llegó al Staples Center para mostrarle su apoyo ante el juego contra los Lakers, la franquicia de Nueva York ocupa el décimo lugar de la Conferencia Este de la NBA.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is available to play against the Knicks.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving's sore shoulder seems to be doing just fine. After missing Thursday's loss to the Sixers, Irving put up 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting with six rebounds in the first half against Orlando. He also drew two charges. Halftime: Boston 59, Orlando 58.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is out. Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time decision. Lonzo Ball (knee) is feeling better but remains out. Luke Walton expects Ball to make five-game road trip later this week but his playing status remains uncertain for the trip.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Through 46 games, Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 10.1 apg. Assuming he plays all 82, he needs to average 10.4 rebounds and 9.9 assists in the remaining 36 games to average a triple-double again.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving back in the starting lineup after a one-game absence. Aron Baynes (illness) went through walkthrough and will be a game-time decision. Marcus Morris starts for Boston.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on Houston's hopes of catching Golden State for West's No. 1 seed: "That's what we're rooting for. It's not going to be easy. Every single game, we're going to have to take it for ourselves and not relax. It's not about who we're playing. It's about us and each and every game getting better."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on Steph Curry: "We always try to go after the weakest link, so when he's out there and they go very small, we always put him in the pick-and-roll. It was funny seeing him guard [PJ] Tucker. Then next thing you know, Tucker's starting to make big plays at the end. We always try to take advantage of that, for sure."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on potentially beating the Warriors in the playoffs: "We really do have that chance. Offensively, we're just as good as them, no question. Defensively, they're a championship team. They're consistent, whether they win or lose. Us, we still have peaks and valleys. We just can't have those. That's why we've got to play well the next game, because we just have to sustain the same effort."