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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Been to plenty of games in Milwaukee — never heard it this loud. Fans are into it early chanting "MVP, MVP" for Giannis.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

How Joel Embiid's intro sounded inside the Wells Fargo Center before Friday's home-opener against the Celtics.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings coach Dave Joerger on rookie De'Aaron Fox, 19: "He's one of the higher IQ guys on our team, so I've got to catch everybody up to him."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Randolph will make his Kings debut tonight against the Mavs after missing the opener due to oral surgery.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs G Devin Harris is taking a leave after tragic death of his brother Bruce. "He can take as long as he needs," coach Rick Carlisle said.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Cavs huddle up before heading out to face the Bucks

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Hood up, Jae Crowder warms up on the floor where he once played for Marquette

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Dwyane Wade works on his wing-post game as he prepares for the Bucks

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Derrick Rose with an extensive pregame stretching routine

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward was discharged from New England Baptist Hospital this evening. Hayward is at home and ready to dive into the recovery process that's been laid out for him.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart (ankle) is out vs. the Sixers. Aron Baynes moves into the starting lineup for Boston, joining Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.

Nick Metallinos ESPN 

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown says he expects the Celtics to play a smaller lineup tonight, and says he feels like Aron Baynes will be given extra minutes by Brad Stevens.

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

LeBron James going around through his pregame routine in Milwaukee. Just let vet 90 minutes from tip.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston, among other teams, have reached out to representatives of Jameer Nelson, league sources tell ESPN.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Point guard Jameer Nelson has cleared waivers and is free to sign with any team, league sources tell ESPN. He was released by the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to clear room for Richard Jefferson.

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Sources: Houston's been on phones. feeling out agents on available point guards for a possible 2-to-4 week stretch without Chris Paul.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Derek Rose arrives for work

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Is it OK to call them freaks?

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson "is donating $1,000 for every point he scores over the three-game homestand between Oct. 25th-29th to benefit the victims and communities affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Klay is additionally encouraging fans to join him by pledging alongside him with a donation, of any amount, per point that he scores," says a statement by his representation. http://pledgeit.org/klay.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Newsday reporter Barbra Barker tweets that Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina hurt his ankle at Knicks practice today. The severity is unknown but Ntilikina was helped off of the court by a coach and a teammate, per a photo from Barker. Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, missed four of five preseason games due to a knee bruise and missed the Knicks' summer league due to a knee injury suffered in the final game of his French League season.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The injuries to Alexis Ajinca, Rajon Rondo, Solomon Hill and Frank Jackson has the Pelicans eligible starting October 23 to apply for the hardship exception. The exception would grant New Orleans an extra roster spot. The Pelicans are currently $980K below the luxury tax and $1.55M below the hard cap. The Pelicans could also call up one of their two-way contracts, Charles Cooke or Jalen Jones.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says he has texted with Niko Mirotic. He says Mirotic is still sore after sustaining injuries in fight with Portis. It remains unclear when Mirotic will be able to return to practice.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine did not practice today because of knee soreness. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Bobby Portis apologized to his teammates in a team meeting.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Holiday says Bobby Portis practiced as hard as usual today. Holiday says Bulls will continue supporting both players.