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NBA All-Star voting ends Monday night, and, as of the last round of results, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry trailed Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving by 32,285 for the second starting spot among Eastern Conference guards.

In the five days since that update was sent, every team in the league has made a push for its players, but there was no indication of a big move in either direction for Lowry or Irving.

Enter Lewis Hilsenteger.

The creator of the online show "Unbox Therapy" sent out this tweet on Sunday to help Lowry's All-Star bid:

As of 5 p.m. ET on Monday, that tweet had more than 33,000 retweets, each of which could count as a vote, since the tweet contained Lowry's @Klow7 Twitter handle and the #NBAvote hashtag.

But there was one problem: The tweet was the second Hilsenteger sent in support of Lowry that day, meaning it's possible those retweets were for naught. He realized his mistake Monday, and raised the stakes.

In the first seven minutes the new tweet was up, it got more than 8,000 retweets, possibly enough to make Lowry a starter for the second straight season.

Last year, Lowry was voted in by the fans, thanks in large part to a tweet from Justin Bieber that got more than 50,000 retweets. This year, however, Bieber put his Belieber Army to work for Chris Paul, much to the ire of his native Canadian fan base.

With the All-Star Game in Toronto, there's been even more of a push from Canada to get Lowry the start in his home city. Toronto city councilor Norm Kelly tweeted multiple times Monday, racking up more than 6,000 retweets, and Toronto mayor John Tory tweeted Sunday, garnering another 2,800-plus.

Meanwhile, Irving's only notable tweet on the final weekend of voting came, unsurprisingly, from teammate LeBron James, who secured Irving another 6,000-plus votes.

Whether that will be enough for Irving to make his second career All-Star Game start remains to be seen. NBA All-Star starters will be announced Thursday night before the Los Angeles Clippers visit Cleveland to face the Cavaliers. The 2016 NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 14 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

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First he imitated Kobe Bryant ... by traveling.

Then, on Thursday, new Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell did Kobe like this:

All right, all right, we're almost certainly exaggerating. The Kobe move was all in good fun. Meanwhile this could be interpreted in multiple ways: 1) simply enthusiastic hyperbole from someone who was just watching impressive Tracy McGrady highlights; 2) a lamentation of the injuries that kept McGrady from reaching his heights; or 3) OMG Russell thinks McGrady was better than Kobe!

We're guessing it's a mix of 1 and 2; after all, who hasn't tweeted outrageous things based on a single moment/video, and who doesn't wish McGrady had been able to fulfill his potential?

But hey, this is the Lakers and this is Kobe, so it's fun to imagine his locker-room reaction to the No. 2 overall pick's offseason shenanigans.

Or, before then, he could just shut it down with:

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James Harden isn't always the flashiest, but he's nothing if not methodical and effective.

Even in a game that doesn't count in the NBA standings, and even after he gets dunked on by a lesser (but still pretty good) player.

That's what happened Sunday in the final of Los Angeles' Drew League, when the Southland native was absolutely put on a poster by Compton's own DeMar DeRozan, a onetime All-Star with the Toronto Raptors:

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But true to form, the Houston Rockets star and players' MVP waited for his moment to strike ... then did this, over fellow Angeleno Nick Young, for what was the eventual game-winner:

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Harden's team, LAUNFD (L.A. Unified), eventually beat Most Hated Players 98-93 in the final to continue a strong run in the Drew League.

And Harden wasn't just a one-play wonder. As he does, Harden had a game.

Is it NBA season yet?

H/T Bleacher Report

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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

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Three of the top four seeds in the NBA playoffs were taken to seven games. All of them survived. Does that change how you rate them as the second round gets underway? Click on the logos below to rank the last eight remaining teams!

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Final 8 NBA Playoff Teams

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Los Angeles Clippers
No. 3 in West

Heat

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Miami Heat
No. 2 in East

Nets

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Brooklyn Nets
No. 6 in East

Pacers

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Indiana Pacers
No. 1 in East

Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs
No. 1 in West

Thunder

Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 2 in West

Trail Blazers

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Portland Trail Blazers
No. 5 in West

Wizards

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Washington Wizards
No. 5 in East

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