NEW ORLEANS – 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.
Less than two months will remain in the NBA regular season when play resumes today, 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 lot of good teams in the Eastern Conference,” he said. “It’s been a slow start for us as a whole, but there’s so many good teams, you can’t just count on us and one other team. I respect every team we go against.”
Miami went into the break 2 1/2 games behind Indiana, with third-place Toronto having 10 more losses than the Heat.
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