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The NBA's big second-half storylines

Durant vs. LeBron, Melo's moves, Jason Collins' future and more to watch out for

Originally Published: February 17, 2014
By Ethan Sherwood Strauss | ESPN.com

For three years, The Decision and its ensuing backlash animated interest in the league. As we exit this All-Star break and enter the homestretch of the 2013-14 season, newer storylines predominate. Oddly, LeBron James' success means his shadow doesn't loom so large over the NBA. Three NBA Finals trips and two titles have sapped the sting of public anger. We've watched the Miami Heat go from imperious upstarts to grizzled veterans, fighting to defend their turf.

In a post-Decision ...

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