Are Heat and Thunder in NBA's June forecast?

By Brian Mahoney

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 27 2012 1:30 p.m. MST

Western Conference's Russell Westbrook (0), of the Oklahoma City Thunder, elevates for a dunk past Eastern Conference's Dwyane Wade (3), of the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony (7), of the New York Knicks, Dwight Howard (12), of the Orlando Magic, and Western Conference's Chris Paul (3), of the Los Angeles Clippers, during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

Erik S. Lesser, Pool, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kevin Durant says it's too early to think about a potential Heat-Thunder NBA finals.

It seems hard to ignore at the season's midpoint.

The teams share the league's best record and both rolled into the All-Star break. With Durant and Russell Westbrook on one side and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh looking to avenge their finals disappointment, the series could be a thriller.

But Chicago is right on Miami's heels in the East, and a number of contenders could emerge for the Thunder out West.

The second half opens Tuesday, and the other big story is Dwight Howard's situation. Orlando has to decide by the March 15 deadline if it will keep or trade its franchise center.

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