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Jeremy Lin keen to improve with Dwight Howard

Jeremy Lin says he's looking forward to pairing up with the Houston Rockets' newly acquired star Dwight Howard.

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Miami Heat player speculation underpins intriguing play-off series

LeBron James (centre) is key to Miami's hopes of winning the title.

Jon Pierik The late, great Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly always said his favourite time of the basketball year was the play-offs.

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NBA playoffs a true contest in the west

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Paul Suttor It would be nice to say the best 16 teams are now locked in for the first round of the NBA playoffs, preparing for the first of what each team hopes to be four seven-game contests that lead to the...

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Double Dribble: Knicks, Celtics and Lakers have lost their lustre

Paul Suttor The NBA’s three most iconic brands - the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers – are suffering from a severe case of irrelevance in 2013-14. 

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Patty Mills steers San Antonio Spurs to narrow win over Portland Trail Blazers

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots over DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half at Staples Center on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 113-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP

San Antonio's Patty Mills again proved himself to be the Spurs' secret weapon as the Australian led the visitors to a 111-109 win at Portland in Wednesday's clash of NBA Western Conference contenders.

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Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers rivalry now lacklustre

Los Angeles Lakers Kent Bazemore (R) struggles the ball with Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (L) during NBA action, February 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

Billy Witz It was just four years ago that the Celtics were beaten by the Lakers, and coach Doc Rivers went around the visitors' locker room and collected $100 from every player and coach.

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NBA: Charlotte centre Al Jefferson's life lessons lift Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson reacts after hitting key shot to put the Bobcats ahead of the Denver Nuggets late in the fourth quarter of the Bobcats' 101-98 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Sam Amick Charlotte Bobcats centre Al Jefferson learned early on in this NBA life that learning the basketball basics late was far better than never learning them at all.

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NBA: Damian Lillard to make history at All-Star weekend

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, loses control of the ball as Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Sam Amick Damian Lillard is no stranger to doing things his way in the NBA.

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love sizes up 2015 NBA free agency talk

Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, left, pulls in a pass as Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Rockets won 107-89. Love led the Timberwolves with 31 points and had 10 rebounds. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Sam Amick This was one interview that Kevin Love was required to do, what with this being the player parade otherwise known as NBA All-Star Weekend and all.

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NBA mid-season awards: Roy Hibbert is a defensive beast

PNI suns main vs Pacers 0123 : Phoenix Suns shooting guard Goran Dragic (1) tries to pass arpund Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55)  during the first half of their NBA game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

Sam Amick USA TODAY Sports NBA insider Sam Amick gives his votes for defensive player, sixth man, most Improved and executive of the midseason.

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NBA: Anthony Davis' numbers have been worthy of All Star selection

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) grabs a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The Pelicans defeated the Magic 100-92. (AP Photo/Bill Haber).

Sean Highkin When the NBA announced the All-Star reserves last week, one of the most conspicuously absent names was Anthony Davis.

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NBA: New York Knicks clobber Cleveland Cavaliers with Carmelo Anthony starring

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony smiles during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 117-86. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points as the New York Knicks clobbered the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-86 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden arena.

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NBA: Memphis Grizzlies rediscover grit and grind formula

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a three pointer during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Toyota Center on January 24, 2014 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Jeffrey Martin Zach Randolph reminds anyone who will listen: While the Memphis Grizzlies now resemble the team that went to the Western Conference finals a year ago, there is still a long way to go in this season.

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Andrew Bogut ready to repay Warriors' faith

Andrew Bogut.

In August a towering figure unexpectedly walked through the front door of the Golden State Warriors' training facility.

NBA season preview: Southwest division the toughest in the league

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, greets teammate Aron Baynes, right, after an NBA baseketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in San Antonio. Duncan did not play due to a sore knee. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Paul Suttor The southwest division is officially the toughest in the NBA.

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NBA season preview: Golden State on the war path in Pacific division

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Paul Suttor The NBA season tips off next week with all eyes on LeBron James and Miami as they chase a "Heat three-peat".

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Brett Brown begins NBA coaching career with massive upset over Miami Heat

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Head coah Brett Brwon of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat on October 30, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Image License Agreement.   Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Former Australian Boomers coach Brett Brown sang his rookie point guard's praises after launching his NBA head coaching career with an unlikely upset of the defending champion Miami Heat.

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets hand Miami Heat another defeat

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Garnett talks to a referee during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in New York. Brooklyn defeated Miami, 101-100. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each as the Brooklyn Nets handed NBA champions the Miami Heat their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory on Friday.

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Double Dribble: LA Lakers face tricky decision as Kobe Bryant comeback looms

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to someone in the crowd during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Paul Suttor The Los Angeles Lakers face the trickiest season in their long history.

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Double Dribble: Steve Nash heading for inglorious NBA exit at Los Angeles Lakers

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Paul Suttor Ohhh, Steve Nash, don’t feel too bad, many of the history’s greatest sportspeople played one season too many.

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