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The Thunder are in Miami tonight to take on the Heat for a second time this season. Miami is in a late-season swoon and the Thunder are surging, but both teams need a statement game tonight.

A Bigger Role for Cole | Daily Thunder

The Thunder currently have Nazr Mohammed in the backup center role, and most nights he does his job well. However, Mohammed is only under contract for the current season, and OKC has Cole Aldrich waiting in the wings. Sooner or later, the team needs to find out what they have with him and whether Aldrich can eventually supplant Mohammed in the rotation.

A Conversation About the Spurs, Heat, & Thunder | Pounding the Rock

This is a good back-and-forth featured by our friends at PtR where they take a look at a potential WCF match-up between the Thunder and Spurs.

Bayless Responds to Durant | ESPN

Honestly, I don't have the energy to listen to this. Let me know how it turns out.

Haywood: NBA Full of Fake Tough Guys | Deadspin

Chris Bosh quickly looks down and fiddles with his iPad. This story reminds me of the Gangs of New York fight in "Anchorman" where Ron Burgundy lays down the rules: "Let's go over the groundrules. Rule number 1: No touching of the hair or face... AND THAT'S IT!"

Rookie Rankings XII | Grantland

Isaiah Thomas has been a small bright spot during the Kings' rocky season.

Deron Williams, Assistant GM | SB Nation

I don't think this is going to end well.

Lebanese Player Inspired by Kobe | Ball Don't Lie

That's a lot of points.

Breaking the Cycle of Mediocrity | Basketball Prospectus

The challenge is to go from good to great, or from good to not-so-good.

Emotionally Against Tanking | HoopSpeak

Strauss takes on the weird relationship between a team's fan-base and its marketing department.

Don't Feed the Trolls | Ball Don't Lie

Dwyer reminds us that trolls who get fed are never truly full.