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February 15, 2015 Updates

Not because LeBron James has stayed out of it or because every dunk has seemingly been done, but because of furry creatures. "The mascots messed it up," Erving said, referring to the stunts pulled during regular-season games as part of crowd entertainment. "It was great seeing regular human beings, even though they were 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, running and dunking a basketball. When mascots started doing it with all the trampolines and all the crazy stuff and falling on the floor, then it became more like the X Games. The players can't live up to that." ESPN.com

February 14, 2015 Updates

Most NBA players when asked what they’d like to accomplish in an All-Star Game, give some typical stock response like, “I just want to go out there and have fun” or “I just hope we can give the fans a good show.” But not Washington Wizards guard John Wall. No, he has bigger plans for Sunday’s All-Star Game in New York: “I would love to break Magic [Johnson]’s all-time assist record,” Wall said with a grin. Basketball Insiders

Jonathan Feigen: Harden and company were stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes. Here in time and on practice court with Rockets asst. coach Matt Brase now. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

After initially planning to start Kevin Durant in place of the injured Anthony Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game, Western Conference coach Steve Kerr called an audible Saturday afternoon and decided to make LaMarcus Aldridge his fifth starter. Aldridge, a Portland Trail Blazers forward, is taking the place of Davis in the starting lineup because of a shoulder sprain that caused the New Orleans Pelicans star to miss his team's last two games before the All-Star break. ESPN.com

Western Conference coach Steve Kerr plans to start Kevin Durant for the injured Anthony Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game, according to sources. Davis hurt his shoulder on Feb. 7 in the New Orleans Pelicans' loss at the Chicago Bulls when he lost his grip on the rim while completing an alley-oop dunk, falling about 7 feet horizontally to the hardwood. ESPN.com

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