He was overlooked for the United States' preliminary Tokyo Olympics roster, but Zion Williamson is keen to feature at a future Games.
Paul George missed 10 games last month with a hamstring injury and could be sidelined again after the NBA All-Star break.
In the final two games before the All-Star Weekend, the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder both celebrated wins on Thursday.
Paul George's comments about NBA officials proved costly as he was penalised on Thursday.
A groin strain will keep Damian Lillard out of Sunday's All-Star Game, meaning an opportunity for Devin Booker.
Kyle Lowry likened the Toronto Raptors to the undead, but head coach Nick Nurse believes their championship hopes are alive and well.
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will be at the NBA All-Star Game, but only as a spectator after damaging his groin.
The Toronto Raptors finally lost as the Milwaukee Bucks went down in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday.
The Milwaukee Bucks are playing the Indiana Pacers without Giannis Antetokounmpo midweek.
The Rockets ended the Celtics' winning streak in the NBA as James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined to devastating effect.