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Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference player of the month for February. Russell Westbrook took home the honors for the West.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Unreal stat line by Russell Westbrook since the All-Star break: 31.2 PPG, 11.5 APG, 9.7 RPG in 6 games. The Thunder host the 76ers at 8 ET.

Pacers rolling at home
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After one quarter, the Pacers are off to a smooth start, leading the Knicks 30-19. Indiana is shooting a comfortable 60% while holding New York to 47.4% from the field. Follow live

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Jazz look to spoil Celtics' Playoff Push
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The Celtics are just two games back of Brooklyn and Charlotte for the eighth seed in the East, but the Jazz are not to be overlooked. Utah is 7-2 over its last 9 games, including five wins over teams currently in playoff position. Follow live

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Suns and Magic on outside looking in
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Despite going 0-for-5 from 3-point range, the Magic lead the Suns 25-22 after the first. Phoenix was 2-for-4 from deep, but it took a buzzer-beating 3 from Archie Goodwin to get there. Follow live

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Not Frye's day in orlando
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Channing Frye started on the bench against his former team, and his Magic lead the Suns 21-13 in the first. His replacement, Dewayne Dedmon, scored 5 quick points in 5 minutes. Follow live

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Pistons facing different kind of turnover
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Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has had to do more in-season teaching this year than in any of his previous seasons as a head coach. Why? "I looked the other day and realized 8 of our 14 guys didn't go through training camp with us," SVG said. Tip at 8 ET

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Since Feb. 1, the Pacers have the best win pct in the league (.800) and are tied for the 6th-best offensive efficiency (105.8).

East's race for 8th
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The Hornets and Nets, both on a two-game winning streak, meet for the second time this season. Both sporting a record of 25-33, their head-to-head record may come into play as they compete for the 8th seed. Follow live

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Diverging paths for Pacers and Knicks
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The Pacers crushed the Knicks in their first meeting by 21 points. Both sides may be amenable to a sequel as Indiana looks to stay competitive for the 8th seed wihle New York solidifies their top draft lottery spot. Follow live

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Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Olynyk asked how he might avoid future ankle injuries. Deadpans, "Best thing to do is to try to avoid coming down on other peoples feet."

Hornets shift lineup for better matchup
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Marvin Williams will start for the Hornets tonight against the Nets in the hopes of providing a better matchup. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will guard Joe Johnson.

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Kevin McHale said Dwight Howard is working on a treadmill but hasn't seen court action. Not sure when he'll return hopes soon.

The specifics of being a general manager
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What's the secret to being a successful NBA GM? Warriors general manager Bob Myers sat down to ever so slightly pull back the curtain on Golden State's winning ways.

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Anthony Davis cleared for takeoff
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Anthony Davis is expected to play tonight against the Pistons, the Pelicans officially announced. He's missed the last five games with a right shoulder sprain.

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Frye off the bench against Suns
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The Orlando Magic will start power forward Dewayne Dedmon in place of Channing Frye against Frye's former team, the Phoenix Suns. It'll be Dedmon's first start of the season. Tip at 7 PM ET

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The headband and mask look is in
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Russell Westbrook is back in action tonight as the Thunder take on the 76ers. He'll be wearing a clear protective mask to shield an injury to his zygomatic arch or cheek bone.

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Lowry out tonight vs. Cavs
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Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (rest) will sit out his third consecutive game when Toronto hosts Cleveland. Lowry is averaging just 11.6 PPG and 4.8 APG since the All-Star break, shooting 29.7 percent from the field.

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Indiana Pacers @Pacers

Coach Vogel says that he will rest Roy Hibbert tonight. Ian Mahinmi will start in his place, and Lavoy Allen will be his backup.