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Prospective All-Star starters
The NBA released its second set of All-Star returns, with
The Eastern Conference would feature
West All-Star reserves?
The fans select the starters; the league's 30 coaches pick seven reserves for each squad. Assuming the current voting trends hold firm, and the 10 aforementioned players selected play in the NBA's 65th All-Star game, who else should make the trip to Toronto for the Feb. 14 exhibition?
East All-Star reserves?
The Eastern Conference squad should also include a pair of
Butler with 40 in a half
Whether voted in by fans or coaches to his second All-Star game, Butler has emerged as the best player on the Bulls. Last Sunday, Butler eclipsed Michael Jordan's franchise record of 39 points in a half, scoring 40 through the third and fourth quarters of a 115-113 Chicago win over Toronto. Butler finished with 42 for the game, after scoring just two points in the first half. For the season, the fifth-year guard is averaging 22 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game through Friday.
The struggling Brooklyn Nets were dealt a blow last Saturday when point guard
The NBA's waiver deadline passed, locking in all nonguaranteed players for the remainder of the year. A few didn't make the cut. The Grizzlies waived former UCLA Bruin and Clippers center
CLEVELAND AT SAN ANTONIO: Thursday at 5 p.m. PST. TV:
It’s the first meeting this season between these title contenders. LeBron James’ heavy workload has eased up since All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup three weeks ago after knee surgery; Irving dropped 32 points at Washington on Wednesday, his best game since his return. Meanwhile, Spurs free agent
— Barry Stavro