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HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets were happy simply to return to the playoffs last season.

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To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) This season was supposed to be the start of a ''new era'' for the Sacramento Kings, as owner Vivek Ranadive proclaimed over and over again when he took over last year.

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MIAMI (AP) LeBron James' jersey remains the most popular in the NBA.

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