February 17, 2013

Even after seven years, Heat still on in Miami

Miami has been on the rise since the last All-Star game in Houston, while the Lakers are sinking.

By BRIAN MAHONEY, The Associated Press

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade
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LeBron James, right, and Dwyane Wade have the Miami Heat playing some of their best basketball seven years after the two played in the All-Star game in Houston. Both are back in the city for this year’s All-Star game.

The Associated Press

NBA ALL-STAR GAME

WHO: East vs, West

WHEN: Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Toyota Center, Houston

TELEVISION: TNT

Bryant and Howard are still here, away from a Los Angeles season that's been anything but a Hollywood story.

Considered a title contender after acquiring Howard and Steve Nash in the summer, the Lakers fell to 25-29 after they were blown out Wednesday by the rival Clippers, who opened a 13-game lead over them in the Pacific Division standings.

Smiling as he sat with his daughter, Natalia, Bryant laughed that he wished the All-Star break was a chance for the Lakers to "hit the reset button" on what he's said has been a most difficult season.

"Hopefully there's an easy button like in the commercial when we come back in the second half of the season and things are a little easier for us," he said.

Howard has battled injuries to his back and shoulder, and has been nothing like the player who has been the NBA's dominant big man in recent years. He said at times he hasn't been having fun and has tried to ignore all the bad news around the team.

"You just try to stay away from the tube and do as much as I can to rehab my back and my shoulder and my mind, and really just get away from everything when I'm not playing basketball," he said.

 

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