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The Knicks are winning, but now they can’t sleep

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From Newsday’s Al Iannazzone:

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks don’t just play in the city that never sleeps, they have become the team that has trouble sleeping.

All the excitement that Jeremy Lin has generated around New York and inside Madison Square Garden has given some Knicks players a rush of adrenaline that has stayed with them long after they leave the building.

“It’s hard to sleep at night,” Steve Novak said during a radio interview on WFAN Thursday. “We have a lot of guys who have trouble sleeping at night.”

As a result, Novak, who has become a fan favorite with his sharpshooting, said the team met with a doctor before practice Thursday about their sleeping issues and how to correct them.

The Knicks were told to drink warm milk or herbal tea or count sheep or even change to firmer mattresses. The doctor, Novak said, gave the players relaxation CDs to help them unwind.

A fun story, and just another example of how NBA teams and players are more willing to look for unorthodox solutions to common problems than they have been in the past. Of course, with the way Novak, Lin, and the rest of the Knicks have been playing since Linsanity began, I’m sure plenty of Knicks fans would be fine with the team continuing to toss and turn at night, so long as they keep winning.

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.