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Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers rivalry now lacklustre

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: Boston Celtics now have 17 draft picks up their sleeves

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 17: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics carries the ball down the court against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter during the game at TD Garden on January 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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.   Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

The Celtics' wheeling and dealing continued during the week as they traded guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State in a three-team swap.

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NBA: Paul Millsap leads Atlanta Hawks to thrilling win over Boston Celtics

Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the second half of their NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Atlanta. Millsap had 33 points in Atlanta's 118-116 overtime win. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Paul Millsap scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Tuesday to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Boston Celtics 92-91.

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Revamped Boston Celtics off to good start

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens talks with his players during their NBA basketball training camp at Salve Regina University, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A couple weeks ago, several Celtics gathered to play pick-up basketball in Boston. It was pick-up, mind you, but it was a chance for some of the team's (many) new and (few) old faces to feel each...

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NBA: New York Knicks revert to bad habits as they cop a mauling from Boston Celtics

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Carmelo Anthony #7 and Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks wait for play to resume during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2013 in New York City. 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.   Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

Scott Cacciola The New York Knicks arrived at Madison Square Garden on Sunday morning with renewed confidence after back-to-back victories, games that had been an unexpected delight for the team's long-suffering...

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LeBron James ditches No. 6 jersey, will again sport No. 23

LeBron will be returning to the number 23 jersey.

LeBron James is finished with the Miami Heat. He's also finished with the No. 6 he has worn during the past four NBA Finals and to celebrate his only two NBA championships.

Paul Pierce leaves Brooklyn Nets for Washington Wizards

Now a Wizard: Former Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce

Benjamin Hoffman The Brooklyn Nets shocked the basketball world at the 2013 NBA draft by snapping up Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics in a trade. Pierce is now gone to the Wizards.

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Cleveland Cavaliers count on LeBron James return

LeBron James the Cavalier, in 2008.

Jason Lloyd Wednesday's trades were all about clearing the way for LeBron James' return to the Cavaliers.

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Len Bias to be inducted into Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame

Tragic tale: Len Bias.

Don Markus Since a memorial service at a sweltering, standing-room only Cole Field House was held a few days after Len Bias' death in June 1986, there has been little official connection between the former...

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Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime era was truly Magic

Steve Smith Pat Riley, the Los Angeles Lakers championship winning coach, once asked a group of friends to sum up his success in two words.

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San Antonio Spurs stun Miami Heat in Game 3 of NBA Finals

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Shandel Richardson Miami: Just think about this statistic.

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Miami Heat the first team to reach four straight NBA finals since the 1980s

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki on court with LeBron James after game six.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 25 points each as the two-time defending champion Miami Heat clobbered the Indiana Pacers 117-92 Friday to reach their fourth consecutive NBA finals.

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San Antonio Spurs dominate Miami Heat again, move one win from NBA title

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard takes off against Miami in game four of the NBA Finals.

The visiting San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat again, crushing the two-time defending champions 107-86 in Game Four of the NBA Finals on Thursday to move within one victory of clinching the...

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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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Phil Jackson Q&A: 'Jesus could probably coach' Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Texas May 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Sam Amick No one has forgotten about Phil Jackson.

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Houston Rockets NBA title contenders after rolling Indiana Pacers

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) screams after hitting a 3-point shot as Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) looks off in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Houston Rockets confirmed their status as championship contenders with a comprehensive drubbing of the Indiana Pacers.

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

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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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Kevin Durant stars as Oklahoma City Thunder beat Toronto Raptors in double overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was close to unstoppable against Toronto.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 51 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder stretched their winning streak to three games with a 119-118 double-overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.

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Double Dribble - San Antonio Spurs a sure bet every NBA season

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Paul Suttor For those who remember the classic Simpsons episode when Larry King says the San Antonio Spurs are going to win the NBA title, it seems that prediction has been spot on ever since.

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Matthew Dellavedova helps Cleveland Cavaliers claim NBA thriller

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is hugged by teammate Anderson Varejao after sinking a two-pointer to defeat the Detroit Pistons 97-96 as Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova celebrate.

Matthew Dellavedova has bagged an NBA career-high 21 points in Cleveland's nail-biting 97-96 comeback win over Detroit on Wednesday.