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Ten things I like and don't like, including the joys of Ricky Rubio

Zach Lowe highlights Marcus Smart's new versatility, the Wiz's secret weapons, illegally encroaching coaches and more.

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Westbrook: I play for championships, not All-Star selections (0:57)
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The NBA season is over ... (no, really!)

Now that we're at the midpoint of the season, are you hoping your struggling team can play its way into the playoffs? Well, we have some bad news: Set your alarm for mid-April, because the standings rarely change after Jan. 20. Sorry, Knicks fans!

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Rajon Rondo's incredible free-throw drought (1:15)
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Mudiay sends Popovich packing after ejection in Spurs' win (0:48)
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Westbrook's All-Star snub leaves NBA world stunned (0:54)
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Knicks botch final play when Wizards assistant steps on court (1:01)
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LeBron's show-stopping night (0:39)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on not being named All-Star starter: "I'll use it as motivation. I've got to get better. I'm not where I want to be."

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook reacts to not being voted an All-Star starter. "I don't play for All-Star bids."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick, said he's been invited to participate in this year's dunk contest at All-Star weekend but admitted he's uncertain if he wants to participate. "It's just with your rookie year, your body, it's just a lot. It may seem foolish, all those dunks and stuff, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure," said Brown. "I want to put myself in the best position to help this team. The dunk contest -- it may or may not take from it because I don't think it's good or bad. It's just something you got to decide about." Brown said he'll likely go to New Orleans if he's invited for the Rising Stars game.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is out for Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Bradley has missed five of Boston's last six games with an Achilles strain. Celtics coach Brad Stevens: "The Achilles is structurally fine, but he has a lot of soreness around it. That's one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with." In other injury news, Tyler Zeller (illness) and James Young (ankle) both practiced Friday for the Celtics.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

On this Inauguration Day, Anthony Morrow practiced in a Dr. Martin Luther King "I Have A Dream" shirt.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on not being elected an All-Star starter: "I can't do nothing about it. I'm trying to change it up now where I stop worrying about things I can't control. I've done everything I possibly could to put myself in a position to be able to start in the All-Star game and it didn't happen so I've just got to get back in the gym and keep working. Like I always say, I'm gonna just keep going. I appreciate everybody who voted for me, especially you guys, the media showed me some love. And then my peers, my peers showed me love too. So it hurt, but I'll be all right. I'll just use it as motivation."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden and Eric Gordon getting ready for the Warriors.

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Ryan Anderson says he'll try to play tonight vs Warriors but still isn't feeling well at all with a stomach virus and "A lot of things I probably shouldn't explain on camera."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson will play tonight according to Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Anderson (flu) is at shootaround but still listed as questionable.