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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

KAT/Wiggins/Lavine on floor Under Thibodeau: 112.8 DRtg Under Mitchell: 111.9 DRtg (Portland has NBA-worst 110.4 DRtg)

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The Lakers take a 10-11 record into their game in Memphis against the Grizzlies. Los Angeles has not been at or above .500 through 22 games since the 2011-12 season, when they were 13-9. The made it to the conference semifinals that season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban, asked about Steve Kerr's comments about marijuana, notes that players can apply for a medicinal exception for banned substances.

Greek Freak denies Bogdanovic dunk

Brooklyn's Bojan Bogdanovic looked to be on his way for a big dunk, but Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo would have nothing to do with it.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle raved about Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg's "likeability." How would the Mavs coach grade himself in that department? "How about an easier question?" Carlisle replied with a wry grin.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic will start for Dwyane Wade.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Doug McDermott has been cleared for contact. He will practice with the Windy City Bulls Monday and Tuesday.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs G Seth Curry welcomes fans to their seats at the AAC but won't play vs. the Bulls due to a sprained right knee.

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The 76ers have lost five of six games without Joel Embiid this season, with four of the losses by double digits. Philadelphia is 3-10 in games Embiid has played.

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

Some MIN-CHA pregame research: Minnesota's second-half woes have turned around in a big way lately. +22 over last five games after halftime.

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Two players to watch in the Timberwolves' game at the Hornets. Karl-Anthony Towns has averaged 33.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in his last two games. In his last two games against the Timberwolves, Kemba Walker has averaged 32.0 points and shot 62 percent from the field.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

NBA issues brief statement to ESPN regarding Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitting to marijuana use.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis spent a long time chatting with assistant coach Josh Longstaff after today's practice. Longstaff has played a pivotal role in Porzingis' development, as well the development of NYK's other young players.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis talks about the Knicks' offensive progress, believes the club has an opportunity to be 'really dangerous.'

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Kris Dunn dominated college basketball without a jump shot. Learning hard lessons right now in NBA. Why I'm not anointing anyone yet.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee went through some workouts today but didn't practice. He plans to test his ankle on Sunday prior to the Knicks' game against the Kings and hopes to play. The fact that he didn't practice Saturday seems to indicate that he won't suit up tomorrow. Lee hurt his ankle in the first half against Minnesota on Wednesday. He's officially listed as questionable. If he can't play, expect Justin Holiday to start.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry said he still has high hopes that rookie Buddy Hield will be a "10-to-12-year player in this league" who will be "pretty effective." Asked what will lead to more playing time for the sixth overall pick, Gentry pointed to consistency, defense and playing offense without the ball. Hield, 22, is averaging 2.8 points in 8.3 minutes since Jrue Holiday's return eight games ago, and 23.7 percent from 3 this season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah returned to practice today after missing two games with an ankle injury. Jeff Hornacek said Noah "looked fine" during practice and the coach seemed optimistic that Noah would be back in the lineup on Sunday against Demarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. If Noah can't play, Kyle O'Quinn will likely get the start. The Knicks are 4-0 in games O'Quinn starts.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry called Russell Westbrook the "most interesting guy in the league." Gentry pointed to Westbrook's ability to get double-digit rebounds along with double-digit assists, which he says reminds him of Magic Johnson and, of course, Oscar Robertson.