One deal that could get done: Al Horford extension

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It’s been a scary year for the class of 2007 — only two players have gotten extensions after their rookie deals.

No for Greg Oden. No for Jeff Green. No for Rodney Stuckey. No for Al Thornton. No for Thaddeus Young. No for Yi Jianlian.

Maybe for Al Horford.

The Hawks and Horford are still talking, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. Which puts him in a better spot than just about every teammate. The deadline is Monday.

Horford was an All-Star last year who anchors the middle for the Hawks, and is averaging 14.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game so far for the 3-0 Hawks.

Put simply, the Hawks backed up the Brinks truck for Joe Johnson this summer — a six-year max deal — but Horford is more important to this team long-term. Horford is in his third season, when Johnson’s play and contract is an anchor on this franchise in five years, Horford will be their star and hope for rebuilding.

The deal being discussed is in the five-year, $65 million range, Stein reports. That is a little more than the extension the Bulls gave Joakim Noah this summer, and that seems fair. It should get done, the only question is about the Hawks ownership willingness to pay that much.

The only other member of the class of 2007 to get a contract extension was Kevin Durant. Oklahoma City gave him a five-year max deal but they would have thrown in the Brinks truck if they could have.

Russell Westbrook gets so hot, he has to cool himself down (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook hit 4-of-6 3-pointers in the third quarter.

This one apparently put him on fire to the point he had to cool himself off.

Stephen Curry literally lays down on defense to avoid ending up in Greek Freak poster (VIDEO)

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It’s hard to find a new low for defense in an NBA All-Star Game.

But Stephen Curry was laying down on defense. Literally.

The result was a Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk and Curry ending up in the highlight anyway.

Russell Westbrook off the backboard to DeAndre Jordan for the dunk (VIDEO)

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Hey, DeAndre Jordan, where was this Saturday night during the Dunk Contest?

The Clippers’ big man threw down an off-the-backboard alley-oop from Russell Westbrook during the All-Star Game Sunday that was better than anything he did on Saturday night. Enjoy

LeBron James passes off backboard to himself for dunk (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Even in a game conducive to highlights, LeBron James went above and beyond.