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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say Kristaps Porzingis will not return due to a right ankle sprain. Porzingis appeared to tweak his ankle in the first half. The severity of the injury is unclear at this point.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Jrue Holiday struggling to find his way in the Pelicans' new look. Holiday has 2 points (2/8), 1 assist and 6 turnovers.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The likelihood remains Golden State will target guards in the buyout market OR ride with Briante Weber as his second 10-day nears completion

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Now that Bogut is expected to hit the free-agent market, league sources say Golden State will indeed consider all its options. However ...

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

As for Andrew Bogut: The NBA confirms he can re-sign with the Warriors but Golden State, until tonight, has focused on backcourt targets.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Hawks' pitches for PG-13 and Butler excluded core players. Asked if three first-rounder picks were offered , one source said: "More."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has a sprained right ankle, according to the Knicks. He is questionable to return.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets taking care of things against the Pelicans. Houston leads 66-50 at halftime. Rockets with 17 points off 12 Pelicans turnovers. Eric Gordon, a former Pelican, was booed every time he touched the ball and he scored 14 points. Newly acquired guard Lou Williams, a surprise to the Rockets lineup, has nine points.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

After shootaround this morning, Derrick Rose answered a few questions about the triangle offense. It doesn't sound like he's comfortable in it, to say the least:

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis combine for 30 of the Pelicans' 50 first-half points, but New Orleans' new-look roster is still very much a work in progress. The Pelicans' 12 turnovers gave way to 17 Rockets points, and NOLA also gave up 15 second-chance points and 18 fast-break points. Pels down 16 at half.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry makes good on his word to DeMarcus Cousins and takes the first technical foul of the Boogie era.

J.A. Adande @jadande

Chris Paul won't play tonight and Doc Rivers says Paul is "probably iffy" for tomorrow's game vs. Spurs

ESPN Stats and Information  

DeMarcus Cousins has been on the floor every second that Anthony Davis has been off the floor. Prior to the All Star break, the Pelicans big that played the most minutes with Davis OFF the floor was Terrence Jones (620) and Dante Cunningham (365).

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

John Paxson, when asked if the Bulls were committed to building around Jimmy Butler moving forward: "Right now, today, Jimmy's on our roster," Paxson said. "And Jimmy's under contract for two more years. He is a terrific player. You guys know, this league is fluid. Things can change quickly. But again, we have such great respect for Jimmy and his value in this league and his value is extremely high. If people think there's an opportunity to get him they have to know that they can't come and try to throw something out there that we would never do. I've always felt this way about team building and a team in general: There's very few guys who you build around, ok? This is a team game. You build with players. We are building with Jimmy right now, ok. We think Cam Payne is the type of guy that can come in and take some of the ball-handling load off of Jimmy ... but I'm a very firm believer that maybe outside of handful of guys that have ever played this game, you build with players, not around one."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles Oakley's lawyer, Frederick Nance, says Oakley came to the Knicks-Cavs game tonight as his guest. "When the Cavs learned we were coming, Dan Gilbert invited us to sit with him," Nance said in a text message.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr says Zaza Pachulia will start and David West will play against the Clippers. Both are back from injury

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

After spending the first five minutes together, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis each get turns as the 5-man in switchable small-ball lineups. Each of the Pelicans' All-Stars have 8 points and 2 blocks.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets Trevor Ariza has tipped four passes tonight, covered Anthony Davis and grabbed two rebounds in the opening quarter.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

After one quarter in New Orleans, Lou Williams has made his impact for the Rockets. He made two corner 3s on his first two shots. Houston holds a 30-28 lead over the Pelicans.