Lance Thomas Headshot

Lance Thomas (ankle) will not play on Friday.

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Lance Thomas missing action tonight should lead to more minutes for Mindaugas Kuzminskas and potentially Carmelo Anthony. Thomas has been averaging 17.8 minutes per game this year, but only 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Expect to see Kuzminskas, who averages 7.5 minutes per game, to see closer to that 17 minute number. Either way, the Bulls are tough versus small forwards, so the Knick's SFs aren't great plays outside of Anthony.
Derrick Jones Headshot

Jones made the final round of Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, before falling to winner Glenn Robinson III.

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The Suns rookie showed some impressive hops during the contest, including an opening-round dunk in which he soared over four people before putting home a one-handed slam. Jones has seen very little action for the Suns this season, not surprising for a skinny 20-year-old who only left UNLV early after he was deemed academically ineligible by the NCAA, but he has the length and athleticism to eventually develop into a useful player.
Glenn Robinson Headshot

Robinson defeated Derrick Jones, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan in Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

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With two-time defending champ Zach LaVine (knee) not participating, the field was wide open, and Robinson seized his opportunity with arguably the two most impressive dunks of the night, including a full two-handed pump reverse jam after leaping over three people to cap his final round victory over Jones. Robinson has been in and out of Indiana's starting lineup this season without much to show for it statistically, but Saturday's win could give him the confidence to lock down a starting role down the stretch.
Kemba Walker Headshot

Walker made it to the final round of Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest, losing to eventual winner Eric Gordon.

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He came up short, however, as his final-round 17 was topped by Gordon and Kyrie Irving's 20, before Gordon claimed the title in an overtime round. Walker's enjoying a career year for the Hornets, averaging 22.5 points and 2.7 three-pointers per game, but he'll need to get a little more help after the All-Star break from his teammates if Charlotte is going to pull themselves up into a playoff spot.
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving lost in the final round to Eric Gordon in Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest.

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He went down swinging, forcing Gordon to an overtime round when they each scored 20 in the finals, but Irving's 18 in overtime proved to be not quite enough. The 24-year-old is on pace for a career year with the Eastern Conference-leading Cavs, averaging 24.4 points and 2.4 threes per game, and his usage could even increase after the All-Star break due to Kevin Love's knee injury.
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon won Saturday's JBL Three-Point Contest, needing an overtime round to defeat Kyrie Irving.

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He and Irving each scored 20 in the final round, topping Kemba Walker's 17, to force the extra set of shots. Gordon finished with a flurry, draining 11 of his final 12 three-pointers, to claim the title. The Rockets' sharpshooter, who's averaging a career-high 3.5 threes per game this season, follows in the footsteps of long range specialists such as Jason Kapono, Jeff Hornacek and Steve Kerr in winning his first Three-Point Contest.
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward lost to Kristaps Porzingis in the final round of Saturday's Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

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He took an impressive path to the finals, though, defeating John Wall and then Isaiah Thomas before falling to Porzingis. Hayward is having a career year for the Jazz, and is on pace to average more than 20 points a game for the first time while leading Utah to the top of the Northwest Division.
Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis defeated Gordon Hayward in the finals of Saturday's Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

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For the second straight year, a big man won the competition typically associated with slick guards, as Porzingis followed in the large footsteps of 2016 Skills Challenge winner Karl-Anthony Towns. It's been quite an All-Star Weekend for the 21-year-old Latvian forward, who also dropped a big double-double Friday during the Future Stars game. There's a lot of turmoil surrounding the Knicks these days, but Porzingis gives them a strong foundation for the future,
Frank Kaminsky Headshot

Kaminsky had a team-high 33 points (12-16 FG, 9-13 3Pt) with three rebounds and two assists in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

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The 7-footer from Wisconsin is starting to come into his own, and Friday's performance is a sampling of what he has been doing lately. Kaminsky is averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 3-pointers and 1.3 steals per game in seven February outings for his finest month as a pro. If he is available off the waiver wire now is the time to act.
Karl-Anthony Towns Headshot

Towns connected for 24 points (11-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

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Towns was a men among boys, putting together a very efficient shooting performance from the field. He has posted 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in the first half, numbers worthy of a roster spot in the All-Star Game. He'll be there eventually, and he is likely to play in several before his career is finished.
Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis finished with 24 points (11-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and two assists in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

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The Latvian looked pretty good, as he has been under the weather lately. He hit the All-Star break averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game over his past five outings, nearly back to his season averages after tailing off a bit near the end of January.
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