NBA Four Quarters | All-Star edition - Kansas City Star

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Four things you'll hear about during the telecast 1. Dwight Howard's desire to leave Orlando. Orlando's center could have a big game in front of his home fans, but it could be one of his last. He would like to be traded to a big-market team.

2. Kobe Bryant's big season. Bryant, a 14-time All-Star, leads the league in scoring at 28.4 points per game. 3. Jeremy Lin. The Knicks star isn't playing, but you can bet that you will see and hear about him during the telecast. 4. Magic Johnson. You will also hear about how Magic came out of retirement in 1992 and was the game's MVP the last time it was played in Orlando.Four things you won't see during the game 1. Defense. It's not played in most NBA All-Star games, so expect a lot of points. 2. Steve Nash's long hair. Nash had it chopped pretty short — at least for him — last week. 2. Ricky Rubio wearing a Justin Bieber backpack. At least we hope we don't see it, like we did Friday when he arrived for the game. Minnesota teammate Kevin Love called it "rookie hazing." 4. Promos for the Oscars. TNT won't tell you when the big awards are being given out tonight on ABC.Four teams looking forward to the rest of the season 1. Oklahoma City. The Thunder are tied with Miami for the best record in the league at 27-7 and should keep it going. 2. Los Angeles Clippers. The Chris Paul-led Clippers, not Kobe Bryant's Lakers, are atop the Pacific Division. 3. San Antonio. Some thought the Spurs were too old to win, but they have won nine of their last 10 and lead the Southwest Division. 4. New York. The Knicks are within one game of .500, and Lin has created a big buzz.Four games to watch this week. 1. Chicago at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN. The Bulls have won eight of their last 10 and should test the Spurs. 2. Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m. Thursday, TNT. The Thunder beat the Magic 97-89 on Christmas Day. 3. Miami at Portland, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, TNT. Five of Miami's losses have come on the road. 4. LA Clippers at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN. A chance to see just how good the Clippers are.

26 Feb, 2012

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