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DeMar DeRozan drops 30 as Toronto Raptors get even with Brooklyn Nets

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan dunks in the game two win over Brooklyn in Toronto.

Jeff Zillgitt The Brooklyn Nets don't have a secret game plan for the Toronto Raptors.

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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

Paul Suttor

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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LeBron James stopped at the rim by Mason Plumlee and Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn rookie Mason Plumlee stops LeBron James at the rim.

Ira Winderman Yes, the Brooklyn Nets have the Miami Heat's number.

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

Paul Suttor

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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Double Dribble: Brooklyn Nets an example of how to waste millions upon millions

Paul Suttor It would have been easy to write off the Brooklyn Nets early in the season when they were so bad they occupied the bottom rungs of the Eastern Conference, mired in the depths alongside the Knicks and...

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Jason Collins in demand from Brooklyn Nets fans in win over Chicago Bulls

Brooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New York. More than a week after becoming the league's first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Andrew Keh It was only a few minutes into the game Monday when the fans behind the Brooklyn Nets' bench began chanting Jason Collins' name.

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Jason Collins inspires Brooklyn Nets to ordinary win on extraordinary night

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, left, fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Nets won 108-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Billy Witz On the basketball court, Jason Collins has never had any illusions about who he is: a lunch-pail player who has forged a 12-year career by doing the not-so-glamorous chores of setting screens,...

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Jason Collins creates history by becoming first openly gay man in major US sports league

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins waits to come into the game during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Nets won 108-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the four major US professional sports leagues on Sunday night when he got court-time in Brooklyn Nets' 108-102 NBA victory over the Los Angeles...

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Jason Collins set to become first openly gay player on NBA team

FILE - APRIL 29, 2013: In a Sports Illustrated story NBA center Jason Collins came out, becoming the first openly gay active player in major sports April 29, 2013. CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Jason Collins #98 of the Washington Wizards rebounds against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Wizards 95-92. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Andrew Keh After failing to acquire a frontcourt player before the NBA's trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets' focus shifted to a list of free-agent big men they could sign and plug into...

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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: San Antonio Spurs hit hard by injury in loss to Brooklyn Nets

San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan sits on the bench as his team plays the Brooklyn Nets during their NBA game February 6, 2014 at the Barclay Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert

Andrew Keh The San Antonio Spurs had just 10 players dressed to meet the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, and before the evening was done, two of them had blood dripping from their broken noses.

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Paul George: 'I did expect' to be one of NBA's best

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 07: Paul George#24 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates during overtime in the118-113 win over the Portland Trailblazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 7, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Jeff Zillgitt Paul George long envisioned this, being an NBA MVP candidate and All-Star.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony open to salary cut if it helps build contending team

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) argues a call with referee Dan Crawford (43) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. The Trail Blazers won the game 94-90. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Scott Cacciola Far removed from the prying eyes of his employers at Madison Square Garden, Carmelo Anthony sat on a dais inside a large ballroom at the Hyatt Regency and, with the media gently nudging him along,...

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NBA season preview: Battle of the boroughs all that's worth watching in Atlantic division

Paul Suttor In the final plank to the six-part division by division NBA season preview by Paul Suttor and Paul Zalunardo, it's time to run the rule over the Atlantic division.

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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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NBA: LA Lakers star Steve Nash trying to play on through the pain

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball against Jose Calderon #8 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on November 5, 2013 in Dallas, 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.   Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Billy Witz As Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash speaks in such a clinical manner about nerve root irritation, proper alignment, asymptomatic discomfort and musculature default patterns, listening to him...

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America gapes at Knicks and Nets

New York derby.

The battle of two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA: Eastern Conference sets new standards for poor play

Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay and Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov reach for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Nate Taylor So what is it with the Eastern Conference of the NBA? At the start of this week, only two of the 15 teams in the conference had records above .500. One other was at .500.

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NBA: New York Knicks pound Brooklyn Nets

New York Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani (77) of Italy reacts after sinking a shot in the first half of their NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in New York. Bargnani scored 16 points as the Knicks defeated the Nets 113-83. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Andrew Keh The Knicks have spent weeks in disarray, looking far and wide to solve a season-long malaise. They should have known that relief was right under their noses, in Brooklyn.