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This glass is certainly not half-full
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Stephen A. Smith isn't a fan of Phil Jackson asking Knicks season ticket holders to remain optimistic: "It's ridiculous. Absolutely asinine. No one in New York should buy anything from the Knicks right now. ... It needs to be said this way."

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Halftime: Spurs 47, Heat 42

The Spurs, and Manu Ginobili in particular, are making themselves at home in Miami. Kawhi Leonard is doing the heavy lifting for San Antonio with 12 points, plus the defensive assignment on Dwyane Wade (10 points). Follow live

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Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

#HEATgame halftime: HEAT 42 - Spurs 47. Wade 10pts 5rebs, Chalmers 10pts 3asts, Dragic 8pts, Whiteside 6pts 4rebs 2blks, Johnson 4pts 3stls.

Pistons power past Hawks in third

Detroit center Andre Drummond is a very large man, and Atlanta's not sure what to do with him. Drummond has 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Pistons lead by 4 headed to the fourth. Follow live

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Hawks, Pistons going back and forth
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has 10 of the Pistons' 15 points in the third quarter, but Kyle Korver is heating up in Detroit. The Hawks' sharpshooter has 3 triples since halftime and Atlanta has a slim lead. Follow live

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Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

#HEATgame: Spurs call timeout after Wade finds Whiteside rolling to the basket for a dunk! Hassan has 6pts 3rebs & 2blks off the bench.

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Doc Rivers says he understands Warriors resting Green because "they didn't want to take the risk of going 2-2 with their regular guys."

Miami heats up after frigid start
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After starting 0-of-10 from the field, the Heat hit 8 of their last 9 attempts in the first quarter. Miami was up heading into the second, but the visiting Spurs have scored seven straight to go back on top. Follow live

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Half: Pistons 52, Hawks 50
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Andre Drummond scored 13 in the first half and Reggie Jackson dished 10 assists to propel the Pistons to a slight edge at the break over the visiting Hawks, who shot nearly 60 percent from the field. Follow live

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Pacers close gap to end half
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Brooklyn led by as many as 19 points, but CJ Watson and Damjan Rudez each scored 10 points in the second quarter to close the deficit. The Nets lead 57-54 at Barclays Center.

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Last 10:40 of the second quarter, #Nets outscored 36-20. Gave up 73.7 percent shooting. Brook has 20 points at half.

King's authority over play-calling
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Brian Windhorst: "The Princeton offense that David Blatt installed in the preseason, they just threw that out. What typically happens -- and this has been happening for like three months now -- is LeBron will take the ball, and LeBron will call the play. David Blatt will see what play LeBron calls, and he will repeat it to the team." Listen to B.S. Report

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0-10 shooting start for the Heat
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Goran Dragic is the only Miami player to score so far, and all four of his points have come at the free throw line. Not surprisingly the Spurs hold a six-point lead midway through the first.

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Indiana Pacers @Pacers

Damo Rude~ and Luis Scola have each scored 7 points off the bench to put the #Pacers within 5 with 5:46 left in Q2. BKN 45, IND 40