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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Harris let rookie Dennis Smith Jr. pick which Disney princess backpack he wanted.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk on Dennis Smith Jr.: "He's definitely a special athlete. We're gonna have a lot of fun watching him hopefully for a long, long time."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Stan Van Gundy discusses the improvement in Andre Drummond's free throw shooting.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Stan Van Gundy shares his thoughts about the regular season opener at Little Caesars Arena.

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Kyrie Irving says there are even higher expectations on the Celtics now to fill the injured Gordon Hayward's role, and says he's one of the guys who has to pick them up.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Question to Kyrie: "Do you feel this injury puts you back at square one?" Response: "No, we don't have time to go to square one."

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics walk off the court after their 108-100 loss to the Bucks. Irving tallied 17 points and shot 7-of-25 from the field as Boston, without the injured Gordon Hayward, fell to 0-2 on the season.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Giannis with a quiet 37 as Bucks beat Boston. Celtics now 0-2 and Gordon Hayward having surgery tonight that could potentially keep him out rest of season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucks 108, Celtics 100: Giannis with a monster night (37 points, 13 rebounds). Kyrie Irving finished with 17 points but on ugly 7-of-25 shooting. Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 18 points before fouling out with 1:48 to go. Boston drops to 0-2.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. quickly returned to the Mavs' bench. Fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. went to locker room with Mavs athletic trainer Casey Smith after subbing out of the game. He winced as he left the floor.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Rockets PG Chris Paul will sit out tonight at Sacramento with a bruised left knee, but hopes to play in home opener Saturday versus Dallas.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

At the end of lineup introductions at Wednesday's home-opener, the Celtics posted a graphic telling injured Gordon Hayward to "get better, come back stronger."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets PG Chris Paul is out tonight against the Kings due to the bruised left knee that caused him to sit down the stretch of the season-opening win over the Warriors.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Pistons owner Tom Gores is out on the floor during this timeout throwing t-shirts to the crowd. Everybody is happy here in Detroit on opening night.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston sports radio was filled with chatter Wednesday wondering if Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder should be blamed for Gordon Hayward's gruesome injury. Celtics coach Brad Stevens dismissed it: "There was no ill will, no fault. That was just a unique landing from what I saw. [But] I don't have any interest in re-watching."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanley Johnson has not started off the season on a good note. He is 0-for-10 on the night.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Drummond knocks down a pair of free throws (after a mulligan thanks to a Hornets lane violation) and the Detroit crowd is loving it.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Manu Ginobili gets ready to start season No. 16, and he appears to be as enthusiastic as ever.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Plenty of stars out for the opener here in Detroit: Eminem, Kid Rock, Big Sean among many in the house. Skylar Grey performed at halftime. NBA commissioner Adam Silver also in the building.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward's video message to fans from his hospital bed: "It's hurting me that I can't be there for the home-opener, I want nothing more to be with my teammates"

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of you may have been optimistic about rookie Derrick White's chances of making an immediate impact with the Spurs. Think again. Here's what Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about White's role for this season: "There's a spot over on the bench that's going to get polished by the seat of his pants. His role will be to watch, learn and absorb as much as he can. He's a great kid. But there's no room at the end right now. There are going to be other people on the court."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Little Caesars Arena is sparkling for its regular season debut. Tobias Harris is rolling early for the Pistons — he had 17 first quarter points.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich explains here how he made the mistake of trying to change LaMarcus Aldridge as a player when the power forward first arrived in San Antonio: "I did talk with him several times during the summer. He just didn't feel comfortable. It's 98.75 percent on me, and whatever's left - because I can't subtract that much - on him. But I tried to change him. I thought back to when Timmy [Duncan] came, and people said, ‘What are you going to do with Tim Duncan?' I said, ‘Nothing. I'm just going to watch him for about six months, see what he does. He's a pretty good player, and if there's something I think I can add, then I'll do it.' With LaMarcus, he got here and on Day 1, I said, ‘OK, you're going to do this, and you're going to do this pump fake.' I tried to change him. I tried to make him a different player, and I think that really affected his ability to feel comfortable and confident on the court. And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we were going to do it differently, and that it was on me, not him."

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Pyrotechnics galore as the home team gets introduced in DC

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