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February 24, 2014

A place for Collins, and his style of basketball


"The guy's a basketball player," Hornacek said. "He's going to go out there and play hard. He's one of the smartest you've seen play."


Here are 5 things to watch this week:

CATCHING HIS BREATH: With LeBron James sitting out Sunday's victory over Chicago because of his broken nose, he will have a full week off if he returns in Miami's next game, Thursday at home against New York.

CUTS COMING: The NBA's waiver wire could be busy this week with players agreeing to contract buyouts, as they must be waived by March 1 to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.

LOTTERY LOCKS: The NBA's three worst teams will be in the same place over a three-day span. The Philadelphia 76ers (15-41), who have lost 10 in a row, host the NBA-worst Milwaukee Bucks (10-45) on Monday, before the slightly better Orlando Magic (17-41) visit on Wednesday.

TURNER'S TIME: Evan Turner should be in his new uniform for the first time Tuesday when Indiana hosts the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pacers acquired him from Philadelphia on Thursday just before the trade deadline in a deal that sent Danny Granger to the 76ers.

STEPH'S SEQUEL: Stephen Curry will be back at Madison Square Garden on Friday when Golden State visits the Knicks for the first time since making 11 3-pointers in 13 attempts and scoring 54 points in a 109-105 loss on Feb. 27, 2013.


STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: Kevin Love, Minnesota: 37 points, 12 rebounds, career-high 10 assists, in a 121-104 victory over Utah on Saturday. Two days after denying a report that he had already told Timberwolves President Flip Saunders he would leave once he became a free agent after next season, Love got the talk back to his basketball with his first career triple-double.


AP Sports Writers Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City, Bob Baum in Phoenix and AP freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this report.

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