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Jimmy Butler out vs Timberwolves

The Bulls All-Star swingman will not play Saturday night due to a sprained left knee. Coach Fred Hoiberg said the initial diagnosis was positive, but they won't know the outcome until the MRI results are back. Butler was scheduled to have an MRI today in Minneapolis. The results of that MRI are unclear.

ICYMI: Avery Bradley sinks Cavs

The Cavs could only lose to a 3-pointer.

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Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

NBA announces JR Smith was incorrectly called for a foul in final 5 seconds last night that set up Celtics 5-point possession to beat Cavs.

Bay Area fans choose their fav matchup

ESPN's Scoop Jackson asks fans which game they'd rather see: the Thunder-Warriors tilt on Saturday or the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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SC Throwback: Suns hands Bulls fifth loss

Twenty years ago today it was the Charles Barkley show as the Suns handed the 72-win Bulls their 5th loss of the season.

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ICYMI: There's no pleasing Gregg Popovich

Ask too many questions? Pop gets mad. Jeff Van Gundy went the opposite route and asked one question. Pop got mad.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

It doesn't matter if the game is 9 p.m., 7 a.m. Rockets forward Trevor Ariza is first man to warmup. Rockets hosts Blazers at 4 p.m.

What should Kevin Durant do?

Amin Elhassan says the versatility of Atlanta and Golden State's offenses would allow Durant to dominate within the context of the team scheme. Elhassan's recommendation (Insider)

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Sport Science: Durant as legends

Kevin Durant does Allen Iverson's crossover plus legendary moves by Dr. J. and Michael Jordan in the Sport Science lab.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Duncan (knee), Matt Bonner (left calf strain), and Manu Ginobili (surgical recovery) are all out for Saturday's Game against the Lakers.

Cuban: Hacking rules keep intrigue in NBA

Mark Cuban says it would be a mistake if the league made changes to the rule that sends poor free-throw shooters like DeAndre Jordan to the line constantly. Teachable moments

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Elhassan: 'Coach Karl deserves better'

ESPN's Amin Elhassan says he told George Karl not to go to the Kings.

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Tim Duncan ruled out for Lakers game

The Spurs center will miss his seventh straight game tonight because of soreness in his right knee. The Spurs are 42-8 this season and beat the Lakers by 13 points two weeks ago.

Reports: Kings mull firing George Karl

The Kings (21-29) are increasingly concerned about their floundering play under George Karl and are hoping to delay any decisions about his future until the All-Star break, according to ESPN's Marc Stein & multiple reports. Story

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs are closer to falling out of the playoffs than moving up a spot in the West standings. Dallas is 3 1/2 games behind fifth-place Memphis and 3 ahead of ninth-place Portland.

Al Horford, the destroyer of worlds

Let all cower before his dunking might.

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Dwyane Wade discovers time travel

And he took advantage of Flashback Friday for a dunk on the Hornets.

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Paul George hits fadeaway, one-footed 3

The Pacers star was hoping for a foul, but got a highlight-reel 3 instead.

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ICYMI: Butler carted off, Bulls fall to Nuggets

Jimmy Butler was carted off after suffering a sprained left knee as the Bulls fell to the Nuggets.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Perhaps the only positive from the Mavs' blowout loss is the fact that none of the Dallas starters played more than 26 minutes. Coach Rick Carlisle, who has frequently rested players in back-to-backs, expects all five starters to play Saturday night in Memphis.