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Februarys All-Star Weekend in New Orleans is a long way away. Yet when it comes to Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine, everyone is already thinking about it and what might come. The two players who stole the show -- stole the whole All-Star Weekend in Toronto -- are still making their victory laps it seems.Neither LaVine nor Gordon is ready to commit to the Slam Dunk Contest in February. But the two-time dunk champion and his greatest challenger will meet on the court for the first time since that Saturday in Toronto when the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-5) visit the Orlando Magic (3-4) at Amway Center on Wednesday.The two players have been tied together more since that epic back-and-forth dunk contest. They ended up at promotional stops together in China during the offseason. They were part of a Nike commercial together, where naturally they were throwing each other alley-oops.Were both very casual, relaxed dudes, Gordon said after practice Tuesday. We chop it up, joke about it and laugh about it. We both know we put on a show.Gordon and LaVine indeed put on a show with their back-and-forth display of incredible athleticism that made the dunk contest the talk of the entire weekend. Many people believed Gordon should have won the contest. Even Zach LaVine has said he thought they should split the trophy.The two are still creating highlights on a nightly basis. Gordon busted out a 360 dunk in-game last week at Philadelphia and has some hair-raising dunks and alley-oops already.But the question for these two young players next is how do they turn their dunk contest success into actual production on the court?LaVine so far has looked like he is beginning to find his fit. Now relieved of Minnesotas point guard experiment, LaVine is averaging 17.7 points per game and is shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.He scored 31 points in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies last week and had 17 points in the Timberwolves 119-110 loss in Brooklyn on Tuesday.I think each year hes gotten better, coach Tom Thibodeau told Derek James of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis following the win over the Grizzlies last week. Hes comfortable and puts a lot of work into his game. He spends a lot of time shooting. I think he has a much better understanding of the NBA game now and I think theres a lot of room for him to grow, too. I think he can be terrific defensively.Gordon too has had to evolve his game. He has found that process a little more difficult.The Magic are testing him out at the small forward position and playing him on the perimeter more. With the increased playing time and role, he is averaging 11.6 points per game and shooting a career-best 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. There are still plenty of hiccups and inefficiencies in the 21-year-olds game.Both LaVine and Gordon, though, are young. Their insane athleticism is a reminder of that. The two are forever bound in that incredible evening in Toronto.Now the two are looking to expand their games and help their young teams take the next step closer to the playoffs. Hau’oli Kikaha Jersey . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. Willie Snead IV Jersey . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Zach Strief Jersey . 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The only team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics, Crowder told We told him that. We played him clips from both games and told him basically the scouting report of how we guarded Steph [Curry]?and Klay [Thompson]?-- our entire game plan, basically. Thats what made me mad. We f---ing told him everything we do to beat these guys, and we beat them, and he went and joined them. ...Afterward, I was talking to Isaiah [Thomas], like maybe after you sit back, [we] shouldnt have told him everything, but who the f--- thought he was going to Golden State, realistically? It was like a slap in the face for us, basically.Crowder, who was part of the Celtics contingent that traveled to the Hamptons to pitch Durant over the Fourth of July weekend, echoed what many in the traveling party already have said: Boston emerged from its meeting feeling as if it had made a real strong pitch. Crowder felt that if Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Celtics had to be considered a front-runner to pry him away.Crowder remains incredulous that Durant chose Golden State instead.Toward the end of a question-and-answer session during the Halls 60 Days of Summer program, a young fan asked Crowder to name the toughest NBA player to defend. Crowder picked Durant, which elicited loud boos from a crowd filled largely with fans in Celtics green.Crowder smiled and said, Yeah, Im with you guys.Crowder still enjoyed the experience recruiting Durant, particularly the fact that the Celtics trusted him to be part of it. Crowder especially enjoyed getting to mingle with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was there to help woo the ex-Thunder star.Youll never forget [Bradys presencee], Crowder said.ddddddddddddIt was unexpected. They tried to keep it as a secret and surprise [Durant]. It was great just to sit back, have lunch and talk to [Brady] about anything he wanted to open up and talk about. He asked us questions about basketball, of course. And we asked him questions about football. But it was fun to just sit down and talk to another athlete of his nature, even before the meeting, and just talk. And meet him.The pitch, what he talked about was the city of Boston and the fans and how [Brady] embraced it. It was great. I think Kevin needed to hear that. He wanted to hear how it was living in Boston, and Brady told him about the fans. I know [about the fans]; just like everybody knows. We told him: Theyre really very passionate about their club and they really want to win. If you dont do that, they let you hear it. But its all out of passion and all out of respect of the game. They want to win; its all about championships here.Crowder believes the Celtics have upgraded with the signing of Al Horford, and he believes the team will find additional pieces to make it a surefire contender in the Eastern Conference.I just text [Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge], trying to see where everything is going, Crowder said. After [Durants decision], I just asked like, Well, whats the direction now? And he said, Were still trying to make moves. So that means were still active. And we still have a lot of assets, we still have a lot of young players. So we gotta figure it out. We can be as aggressive as we want to. But I do feel like were one or two pieces away still.Crowder said of Horford: He helps out tremendously. My guys were telling me something about [one media projection] predicted us to win 59 games.Hes going to help us out a lot. And last year we won 48 games without a guy of his nature. 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