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As NBA resumes, next James-Durant matchup nears

February 17, 2014 • Entertainment


West Team’s Paul George of the Indian Pacers (24) goes to the hoop as West Team’s Blake Griffin, of the Los Angeles Clippers (32) defends during the NBA All Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LeBron James won’t assume the eventual date with Indiana that so many others expect.

He definitely has another one with Kevin Durant — in just a few days.

The NBA’s two best players went their separate ways after the East’s 163-155 victory over the West in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game, but only temporarily. They will be back on the same floor Thursday in Oklahoma City, perhaps even joined by Russell Westbrook.

Less than two months will remain in the regular season when play resumes Tuesday, with so much still to sort out in the loaded Western Conference.

Things seem so much simpler in the East, where a Miami-Indiana matchup in the Eastern Conference finals has seemed a certainty since the opening weeks of the season — except to James.

“This is more than a two-team race. There’s a Login to read more

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