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Westbrook injury blow for Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

Steven Adams' NBA team struggles with injury with league MVP contender ruled out after cheek surgery.

Breakers return to 'spiritual home' for finals

Breakers small forward Tom Abercrombie.

NZ team relishes chance to play finals at venue with "unbelievable' atmosphere, small forward says.

Breakers into ANBL final after 2-0 sweep of 36ers

MY BALL: Tom Abercrombie of the Breakers, right, tussles for possession.

The Breakers are through to the NBL grand final – and on this form are going to take some stopping.

Pressure on Breakers to secure players

FREE AGENT: New Zealand Breakers power forward Mika Vukona is off contract at the end of the season.

The Breakers front office has some fast talking to do with eight of their top 10 players off contract.

A quick series is a good series for the Breakers

JOB DONE: Corey Webster high fives his Breakers team-mates after their 111-82 win over Adelaide in Auckland.

The Breakers can afford to lose as their NBL semifinal series switches to Adelaide tonight. They just don't want to.

Adelaide vow to fight back against Breakers

ROUGH STUFF: Adelaide's Daequon Montreal contests for the ball with the Breakers' Tai Wesley at Vector Arena.

The Adelaide 36ers have vowed to give the Breakers some of their own medicine at Adelaide Arena.

Maccabi win Euro thriller as Real rout Red Star

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 26:  Samardo Samuels, #24 of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in action during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball Top 16 Date 8 game between Nizhny Novgorod v EA7 Emporio Armani Milan at Cec Nagorny on February 26, 2015 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.  (Photo by Gregory Sokolov/EB via Getty Images)

Euroleague holders Maccabi Tel Aviv and eight-time winners Real Madrid edge closer to the playoffs.

Adelaide 36ers some promise physical retribution

FEISTY ENCOUNTER: Breakers forward Mika Vukona (centre) and Adelaide's Anthony Petrie get involved in one of their two fourth-quarter scuffles in Game 1 of the ANBL semifinals.

After being bullied in Game 1, the Adelaide 36ers have vowed they’re done having sand kicked in their faces.

First blood to Breakers as they wallop 36ers

BATTLE HARDENED: Mika Vukona of the Breakers is helped up off the court after a fight broke out.

NZ Breakers beat Adelaide 36ers to open their ANBL semifinal series with an emphatic 111-82 victory.

LeBron James Jr already getting college offers video

Becoming the King: LeBron James Jr.

LeBron James' 10-year-old son has already received offers to join US colleges and it's easy to see why.

Breakers ready for stiff challenge as playoffs tip off

BIG CHALLENGE: Breakers coach Dean Vickerman needs star players like Cedric Jackson at their best tonight against the Adelaide juggernaut.

In unfamiliar underdog territory, NZ franchise all set to step up against red-hot Adelaide outfit as playoffs tip off.

NBA great Abdul-Jabbar turns Renaissance Man

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar proved to be an ultimate winner on-court, now he's turning his hand to paper.

Tom Abercrombie - it's time to get aggressive

NZ Breakers small forward Tom Abercrombie.

It's ANBL finals time and the NZ Breakers' title hopes may hinge on their small forward dialling up his attack mode.

Mika Vukona ready to step up for ANBL playoffs

MIKA VUKONA: ‘‘We’ve been there, we’ve done that ... you could say there’s pressure, but you’ve just got to go out and play. Bring it on, I say.’’

After a relatively quiet season, Breakers leader fired up for start of playoffs against red-hot Adelaide outfit.

It's the 'little things' says NZ Breakers big man

ON THE LINE: Ekene Ibekwe says the Breakers will work on fixing the 'little things' ahead of Thursday's finals clash against the Adelaide 36ers.

Ekene Ibekwe says a collective effort is what the Breakers need to win the ANBL title.

James Paringatai lines up for ton with Southland

BACK AGAIN: James Paringatai will again line up for the Southland Sharks in the National Basketball League this year.

Foundation member set to become first player to bring up 100 NBL games for the Southland Sharks.

NZ Breakers banking on home court advantage

BOUNCING BACK: The Breakers have limped into the post-season but will still boast home court advantage against the in-form Adelaide 36ers on Thursday night.

Hoops juggernaut in a winning mood as they head to Auckland for date with Breakers.

Breakers finish regular season with loss to Taipans

STUMBLE: Tai Wesley gathers possession under pressure during the NZ Breakers narrow loss to the Cairns Taipans at Auckland's Vector Arena.

Cairns claim ANBL minor premiership with 81-77 victory to complete NZ franchises regular season in Auckland.

CJ Bruton backs Breakers to reclaim ANBL crown

CHEERLEADER: Former Breakers guard CJ Bruton is tipping his former side to win the NBL championship.

CJ Bruton believes his old Breakers team can claim a fourth ANBL championship in five years – but only if they get some key things right.

Crimea basketball clubs a headache for FIBA

Pro-Russian supporters wave Russian flags to welcome the Russian Black Sea Fleet flagship, Moskva missile cruiser, entering Sevastopol bay in September 10, 2008.

A year after the annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, FIBA is denying it has recognised the territory as Russian.

Bosh may miss rest of season with blood clots

SIDELINED: Miami Heat All-Star forward Chris Bosh could miss the rest of the 2014-15 NBA season if tests show he has blood clots on his lungs.

Miami Heat star could miss the rest of the season if tests show he has blood clots on his lungs.

Breakers' Corey Webster not feeling the love

HOT SHOT: Corey Webster’s shot is falling for the Breakers as they eye the playoffs.

Breakers' leading scorer playing some serious ball of late, but back-court mate Cedric Jackson hogging headlines.

Adams faces centre competition at Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams shoots against Utah Jazz centre Enes Kanter.

OKC Thunder signing on trade deadline a challenge on playing minutes for Kiwi NBA star.

Breakers big man finds fitness as playoffs loom

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Alex Pledger grabs a rebound during his sides dramatic ANBL win over the Perth Wildcats at the weekend. The Breakers centre played his second-most minutes of the season in the match.

The plan is coming together. Finally Alex Pledger looks ready to play some meaningful minutes. Just in the nick of time.

Jackson reflects on glory but focused on future

GAME WINNER: Cedric Jackson was the hero for the New Zealand Breakers in Perth.

The accolades keep flowing for Cedric Jackson, but the Breakers' halfcourt hero has well and truly refocused for Sunday's regular season finale.

Half-court heave gives Breakers a longshot video

GAME WINNER: Cedric Jackson was the hero for the Breakers in Perth.

The Breakers, still flying high on Cedric Jackson's buzzer-beating heroics in Perth, are vowing to throw everything at their regular season finale.

LaVine trickery wins NBA slam dunk contest video

Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) and guard Andrew Wiggins (22) during the 2015 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Through-the-legs, one-handed reverse and behind-the-back - all in a day's work with US teen.

Jackson buzzer-beater an all action replay video

Cedric Jackson

Majestic three-quarter-court double-overtime buzzer beater not NZ Breakers star's first.

Six of the best buzzer-beating basketball shots video

MIRACLE SHOT: The Breakers celebrate after Cedric Jackson's three pointer sealed a win over Perth in overtime.

Cedric Jackson’s buzzer-beating three-pointer from beyond halfway may rank as the Breakers’ miracle shot but basketball is littered with similar efforts that have secured victories right on the hooter.

Breakers pip Wildcats in epic ANBL clash in Perth video

EPIC CLASH: Ekene Ibekwe the Breakers and Perth's Shawn Redhage tussle for possession.

A miracle long shot launched in the dying seconds of double-overtime nets a rare season sweep for NZ team.

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