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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31596167 Well, that was fun Well%2C+that+was+fun NBA

Sunday's All-Star Game in Houston was, as usual, an entertaining spectacle and an enjoyable break from the regular-season grind. But when play resumes Tuesday, each team will have roughly 30 games to improve its playoff position or simply save face. Keep a close eye on these 10 guys who can dramatically shift the NBA landscape before the postseason begins. 

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591529 LeBron James, Miami Heat LeBron+James%2C+Miami+Heat NBA

No true basketball aficionado should take their eyes off LeBron the rest of the season. The three-time MVP is playing the best basketball of his life right now, shooting, rebounding, passing and defending at a level unmatched by any other player in the league. Can he continue one of the best individual seasons in NBA history and position the Heat for a repeat title? Or will he come back to earth and stop making greatness look so easy? We'll be watching.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591532 Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls Derrick+Rose%2C+Chicago+Bulls NBA

Chicago has eagerly anticipated Rose's return ever since he tore the ACL in his left knee in the first game of the 2012 playoffs. The Bulls have done their part by hanging tough at fifth place in the East going into the break. Rose, the 2011 MVP, has done his part by rehabbing the knee and returning to practice. But his season debut remains a mystery. Rose says he'll come back only when he feels right, which may be soon or may not happen this season. Anything close to his MVP form would make Chicago a serious title contender. Anything less probably spells another quick exit for the Bulls.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591530 Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers Chris+Paul%2C+L.A.+Clippers+ NBA

With his 20 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in the All-Star Game, Paul showed again why he's the premier point guard in the NBA. He's turned the Clippers, the league's laughingstock of a franchise, into contenders in the West. The question is whether he can stay healthy. After leading L.A. to a 16-0 December, Paul missed 12 games with a knee injury and the Clips returned to mediocrity. He needs to be at full strength the rest of the season as Los Angeles tries to catch San Antonio and Oklahoma City for the West's top seed.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591531 Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers Dwight+Howard%2C+L.A.+Lakers+ NBA

If the Lakers don't make the playoffs, they'll go down as one of the biggest busts in sports history. Whether that happens depends in large part on Howard, the team's ballyhooed summer acquisition who has been a shell of his former self this season. Back and shoulder injuries have taken their toll on the All-Star center, but some of his problems appear to be mental. He hasn't seemed happy in L.A. and has rarely been dominant on the court. Only a major turnaround in Howard's health and demeanor can save the Lakers' season.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591534 Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs Tim+Duncan%2C+San+Antonio+Spurs NBA

The Spurs have proved they can win without Duncan, going 8-1 in games he missed with a sore left knee. Because of that, they can be cautious with their 36-year-old big man down the stretch. He was outstanding the first two months of the season, earning a 14th All-Star nod, and San Antonio will need him to be healthy and sharp once the playoffs roll around. If he starts breaking down before then, he's not going to get his fifth ring.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591536 Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks Amar%27e+Stoudemire%2C+New+York+Knicks NBA

He's gone from New York's main man to a role player for the Knicks, averaging fewer than 23 minutes per game. To his credit, Stoudemire has handled his fall from stardom with grace and has been efficient offensively in his time on the court, averaging 13.6 points on 55.9-percent shooting. But for New York to really threaten Miami in the East, Stoudemire needs to help out more as a rebounder and defender. Of course, even when he was a star, those weren't exactly his strong suits.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591533 Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder Russell+Westbrook%2C+OKC+Thunder NBA

We know what Kevin Durant is going to do the rest of the season: score. We're never quite sure what his Thunder teammate and fellow All-Star will do from game to game, which makes Westbrook a fascinating and sometimes-frustrating figure for OKC fans. Westbrook usually overwhelms opposing point guards with his superior athletic ability and aggression, but he can also shoot the Thunder out of games. Either way, he's always a focal point of the action.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591537 Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers Danny+Granger%2C+Indiana+Pacers+ NBA

Indy's top scorer the past five years hasn't played this season because of tendinitis in his left knee, but he's expected to make his return shortly after the All-Star break. The Pacers have done well in his absence, going 31-21 (third in the East) with two wins over the Heat, but they've missed his scoring punch from the perimeter. What bears watching is whether Granger is willing to accept a lesser role and defer to rising star Paul George, the team's most talented player.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591535 Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors Andrew+Bogut%2C+Golden+State+Warriors NBA

Golden State has been good all season and figured to be even better when Bogut returned from his ankle injury in late January. Instead, the Warriors lost five straight going into the All-Star break and fell to sixth in the Western Conference standings. The team has been careful with the 7-foot center and former No. 1 overall pick, resting him on the second half of back-to-backs and limiting his minutes. But if he plays more, stays healthy and meshes better with Stephen Curry and David Lee, Bogut could make Golden State a dangerous team in the postseason.

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NBA 73 43 10 NBA players to watch after the All-Star break 31591538 Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics Kevin+Garnett%2C+Boston+Celtics NBA

KG's name keeps popping up in trade rumors, even though he has a no-trade clause in his Boston contract. If he consents to a deal with the Clippers, he'll really be worth watching as a defensive force and high-intensity complement to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Even if he stays put, he won't fade away quietly in his 18th NBA season. He's helped the Celtics win eight of nine games since Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury and you know he'll put up a fight if Boston faces Miami or New York in the first round of the playoffs.

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