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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks executives Steve Mills, Scott Perry and Craig Robinson are all with the team in Oklahoma City. Perry said he wants to be with the team on the road regularly to properly evaluate things.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams asked if he can confirm or deny that he told Enes Kanter a pregame elbow was coming: "Next question."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Paul: "One of the biggest things I was looking forward to this year is to be able to watch somebody as talented as James. Our whole team is one thing, but James is special, man. I catch myself sometimes watching. I've got to get used to it, but he's unreal."

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Brooklyn currently has $3.4M in cap space to use but would need to create a roster spot. Brooklyn will not receive any roster relief but has up until January 15 to apply for the Disabled Player Exception for Jeremy Lin. The exception if approved would be $6M.

Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have obtained a slot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series as one of the newest franchise owners, league sources told ESPN. The Cavaliers have recruited former Call of Duty pro and influencer Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag to head up their operations and are actively recruiting staff in the League of Legends space, sources said.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Interesting comments to me from Ex-NBA player/Celtics forward Shavlik Randolph, who had similar injury to Gordon Hayward. "It's about a 4-6 month recovery. The ligaments take 6-8 weeks and the tibia was about three months to heal in all the places it broke. Ironically, I had the same injury and as bad as it looks it does heal back to 100 percent and does so surprisingly fast. I think there's a chance he could be back this season if he really pushed it. The team will be cautious to bring him back too fast, but I think he could by the end of the season. Maybe not back to full 100 percent by then, but I wouldn't be shocked if he can and does play."

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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