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Let’s roll with our last batch of an eventful February:

1. The new All-Star Game

I’m not sure the new method of picking teams caused players to try harder. Any dramatic formatting change would have thrown into stark relief how unwatchable the game had become — and shamed them into effort.

But this one worked, and the NBA should stick with it. The effort level didn’t represent a sea change. Player still loafed for stretches, launched nutty 3s, and chased highlights they’d never chase in real games. Both teams finished in the 140s. One dude asked out of the game after hoarding a coveted spot, butting out deserving guys who happily would have taken his place.

But we weren’t asking for a sea change. No one expects NBA Finals-level intensity. Just play within a vague structure that resembles basketball, and turn it on in the last five minutes. With the talent on hand, that is all players need to do for the game to be fun again.

And it was fun! Teams ran honest-to-the-basketball-gods plays we’d see in regular-season games! They tinkered with lineups, hunted mismatches, and scrambled on defense in crunch time. It was cool to see old teammates reunited, and current teammates pitted against each other — right to the buzzer, when Kevin Durant and LeBron James smothered Stephen Curry. (Kevin Love, probably: “What’s the big deal? I did that all by myself!”) It will be even better next season when the league almost certainly televises the draft.

A lot of us were hard on the league for conducting the draft over private conference call. It was dumb, and everyone knows it. But we might have been a little too hard on them. This is a strange, bold move, and if the NBA wanted one season to gauge everyone’s comfort level, missing out on one draft won’t be such a bad price to pay — provided the league and union agree to televise it next year.

Seeing the draft will also make it easier to remember, in real time, why each player is on each team. The old East-West format at least united the teams under some easy-to-understand banner. That was the one drawback to Sunday’s game: As players shifted on and off the floor, I kept saying to myself, “Oh yeah, that guy’s on the white team!”

Maybe seeing them get drafted, and hearing why the captains pick each player — and seeing their reactions — will help the teams feel a little more coherent.

Overall, a huge thumbs-up.

2. Conference-based injury replacements

It’s fine (for now) if the NBA sticks with tradition in using the conferences as dividing lines in the initial selection of All-Stars. Introducing too much change at once can overwhelm interested parties, and short-circuit the reform process altogether. Inertia is powerful.

How about we ease toward the ultimate conference-less endgame this way: ditch conference affiliation as a criteria for injury replacements. Having captains divide up the 24 All-Stars is step one in de-emphasizing conferences. This is a natural step two.

As one Eastern Conference All-Star after another went down, it seemed silly to dig deeper into the East player pool while Chris Paul — the second-best player on the team with the league’s best record — was sitting right there.

3. When LeBron goes fast

For a turbocharged, uber-athletic player, LeBron has always preferred slowing down in the half court. He likes to scan the floor, evaluate dozens of options in a couple of seconds, and then execute his chosen plan of attack.

That’s fine. LeBron can do whatever the hell he wants. He can execute almost anything, against any matchup, and almost always makes the right choice. He remains one of the league’s deadliest one-on-one players, on both post-ups and isolations from the perimeter, per NBA.com.

But sometimes — and especially when LeBron manufactures a mismatch — you just want him to get on with it before the defense can gird itself for the coming assault. What are you supposed to do against this?

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