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Kuzminskas draws oohs and aahs with nifty fakes

Mindaugas Kuzminskas gets the Madison Square Garden crowd hyped up with a gorgeous drive to the basket for the lay-in.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Blake Griffin going through drills at shootaround on Monday. The Clippers are hopeful he's able to return toward the end of January, which would be on track with his projected timetable.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Quietly, Joakim Noah has put together a nice stretch for the Knicks lately (outside of the Toronto game Sunday). He's playing well again today thus far, with seven rebounds and two assists against Atlanta. Derrick Rose has five assists, a very strong number given how he's distributed the ball to this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

We're halfway through the season and the Knicks still seem to struggle in defending the pick and roll. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Brandon Jennings miscommunicated and allowed a wide open 3-pointer. Atlanta has hit 45 percent of its threes thus far.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

So far, the Knicks starting lineup has played pretty well on offense. They've hit 53 percent of their shots and are down just one to Atlanta. It will be interesting to see how Courtney Lee's move to the bench impacts the second unit.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Source: NBA paid union $60 million in player licensing rights for fiscal year that ended in June.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a bit surprising to me that Courtney Lee was removed from the starting lineup. The biggest issue with the starters was consistent effort on defense and that didn't seem to be a problem for Lee. I'm interested to hear Jeff Hornacek's reasoning on this after the game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Regarding the starting lineup, Jeff Hornacek said he planned to start Kristaps Porzingis at C today if he was healthy, with Carmelo at power forward. That would have moved Joakim Noah, presumably, to the bench. Porzingis is out with a sore left Achillies so Noah is starting.

ESPN Stats and Information  

James Harden reached 1,000 points and 500 assists on the season in his 43rd game, tying Tiny Archibald (1972-73) and Oscar Robertson (1964-65) for the second-fewest games needed to reach that threshold in a season (via Elias Sports Bureau).

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With 27 more minutes, LeBron James will have spent more time on an NBA court in his career than perhaps the greatest winner in NBA history.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Ron Baker are starting for the Knicks today, alongside Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

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In 17 head-to-head matchups, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have scored the same amount of points. But James holds a big advantage in wins.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say Kristaps Porzingis (sore left Achillies) is out today.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek reiterates that he may make a lineup change today.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say that Kristaps Porzingis' availability is still to be determined. He's officially listed as questionable (sore left Achillies).