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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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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward's message to fans that aired inside TD Garden before Boston's home-opener: "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. I'm going to be alright. It's hurting me that I can't be there for the home-opener, I want nothing more to be with my teammates and walk out onto that floor tonight."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Pop said he tried to change LaMarcus Aldridge and make "him a different player" when he first joined the Spurs. Pop admitted to making a mistake there.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Pop said he couldn't watch the Gordon Hayward injury. Happened while he was at dinner. Said he was watching game but looked away for a second. When he was informed about what happened, Pop said he refused to look.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Gordon Hayward will have surgery tonight, his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Celtics announcer just did Gordon Hayward intro last -- and then showed a video message from Hayward in hospital bed. HUGE ovation.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Tons of support here at The Garden for Gordon Hayward.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kyrie Irving moments away from his home debut in a Celtics uniform. This building with a completely different vibe after the Gordon Hayward injury. Kyrie will have to shoulder even more of scoring load now -- especially as young guys like Brown and Tatum develop.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

There's a long line of Celtics fans signing a "get well" banner for Gordon Hayward, who suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in Boston's season opener against Cleveland.

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