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Baxter Holmes ESPN Senior Writer 

After seeing his former team eliminated from playoff contention, Nets guard D'Angelo Russell was asked if he has a little something extra playing in Staples Center. "Yeah, this is where I started," Russell said. "This is definitely where I started. It's definitely a place that gave me an opportunity. Not many guys started somewhere and then that was forgotten throughout their career. You know, the Chauncey Billups, the Nashes, of that group, so I'm trying to consider myself one of those guys."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Senior Writer 

With the win Friday, Brooklyn All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell helped officially eliminate his former team, the Lakers, from playoff contention. After the game, Russell was asked if that felt like poetic justice, in a way. "It sounds good on paper, but at the end of the day, we're not playing them," Russell said. "We're not competing against them for seeding. Just the win is good enough." Russell finished with 21 points and 13 assists against the team that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2015.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike "Stinger' Glenn, who played for the Knicks from 1978 to 1981, was given the club's Dick McGuire Legacy Award on Friday. Glenn runs basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing. This year is the 40th anniversary of his basketball camp for the deaf and hard of hearing. Over the 39-year history, Glenn's non-profit has included 4,000 athletes and is currently held in Atlanta. His camp is the nation's first for deaf athletes. Glenn's award was presented by Scott McGuire, Dick's son and a former NYK scout.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Most exciting part of the Knicks' 111-93 loss to the Nuggets: fans at Madison Square Garden chanting ‘Free IT' for Isaiah Thomas during garbage time. Thomas was a DNP.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina will play on Friday against Denver. He has been out since late January with a groin injury.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox is shooting 37% on the season but has hit 47% of his shots, including 52% of his 3s, in the last 6 games. He's averaging 15.7 points in that span. David Fizdale: "Within a tough season you're just looking for him to have those moments of, where you go, ‘OK, I see it.' And (Monday, when Knox had 27 points in a loss), I really felt like he did some things that you go, ‘Ok, if he can just put this together consistently we've got something here.' And that's really what we're working for is getting him to a place where he's decisive, he's consistent and he knows who he is in this league."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale said Willis Reed, the leader on the Knicks last two title-winning teams (1970 and 1973), texts him encouragement. He also hears from Bernard King, a Knicks great who has helped mentor rookie Kevin Knox. "He really wants Kevin to do well. He's really been a good mentor to Kevin and just keeping him positive, keeping him focused on the right things, giving him good advice about playing that position," Fizdale said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks Hall of Famer Willis Reed spoke to the team on Thursday at the practice facility. Here's David Fizdale on Reed's message to the team (2/2): "He said this league you got to go through it. Especially with a whole bunch of young guys you got to go through it. But he said if you stay with it and you work hard, eventually you can get to the place that we ultimately got to."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks Hall of Famer Willis Reed spike to the team on Thursday at the practice facility. Here's David Fizdale on Reed's message to the team (1/2): "The message was, ‘Hang in. He was like, "My first three years we were terrible. He said I had three coaches. He said it wasn't the coaches fault, which I like to hear,'" the coach added with a laugh.

Russillo @ryenarussillo

Every kid thinks he can make the absurd threes he sees NBA players make. Most of them can't. So many bad attempts in close games.