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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Just under 28 hours to go before Monday's 11:59 PM buzzer on Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet. Brooklyn fears a Houston match but let's see.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Losing Adams tonight especially hurts, considering he's the Thunder's primary defender on Anthony Davis... who already has 22 points midway through the second quarter.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams has a left ankle sprain and will not return tonight against the Pelicans.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony' headed back to the locker room to deal with a bloody lip. He was hit by Koustas Koufos on a drive and no foul was called. He's been replaced by Lance Thomas for the moment but should return.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose's athleticism seems to be just fine. He drove the lane and threw a bullet pass behind his head to Kristaps Porzingis behind the arc. Porzingis missed a three and Rose stayed near the basket to and got a tip in.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on another triple-double pace: 4 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists after the first quarter.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans down 29-26 after one quarter in OKC. Anthony Davis has 13 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Five Pelicans turnovers not helping.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings coach Dave Joerger coached Mindaugas Kuzminskas seven years ago in Europe. He's a big fan of the Knicks forward's game. "He has an energy to him, which is a little Kirilenko-ish, where he's like a big cutter, offensive rebounder, runs the floor."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah will start at center tonight vs. Sacramento.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Arron Afflalo's thoughts on the Knicks' offense: "I'm pretty sure Jeff (Hornacek) has his guys just pushing the pace probably on some initial offense. I'm pretty sure Phil's got some triangle principles he's still trying to stick with but in today's game some early offense, some fast pace has obviously proven to be successful. I'm pretty sure they're trying to find a nice blend of both."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Outside of the Kings locker room at Madison Square Garden: ex-Knicks and current Kings Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes and Bob Thornton.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks center Joakim Noah (ankle) is available tonight against Sacramento. Courtney Lee (ankle) is out. Justin Holiday will likely start in place of Lee. With Noah back in the lineup, it will be interesting to see how Hornacek handles minutes for reserve bigs Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry on Russell Westbrook: "In my opinion, he's the best athlete in the NBA."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans will move Tim Frazier to the second unit. E'Twaun Moore gets the start next to Jrue Holiday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Willy Hernangomez and Marshall Plumlee working with Knicks big man coach Dave Bliss before tonight's game against Sacramento.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rough, rough week for J.R. Smith. Beyond the Jason Terry play he endured a 4-for-32 shooting funk including 20 straight misses, 15 from deep

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Marquette's Sam Hauser doing his best Steve Novak imitation. Already has career high 19 at Georgia. Fellow frosh, Howard, been good, too.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

By night's end 24 of the NBA's 30 teams will have played 20+ games ... so we're essentially one-fourth of the way through the regular season

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Nice to see McRoberts hit some shots last night. Harkless continues to be a bright spot for Portland.