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HEAT: The Shaquille O'Neal comeback watch will continue for at least a few more days.

O'Neal, who is recovering from surgery to repair torn left knee cartilage, will miss at least two more games before returning to the Miami lineup, interim coach Ron Rothstein said.

He missed Miami's home game Thursday night against Indiana and will miss the Heat's trip to Philadelphia today.

The earliest he could come back is Sunday, when the Heat plays host to Dallas in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, which Miami won in six games.

Thursday's game was the 32nd O'Neal has missed since the Nov. 19 surgery.

NETS: A British bank hoping to expand its U.S. profile will spend as much as $400 million over the next 20 years to put its name on the New Jersey Nets' planned Brooklyn arena.

Nets owner Bruce Ratner announced the 18,000-seat arena designed by architect Frank Gehry will be called The Barclays Center when it opens later this decade.

HAWKS SEEK FOURTH WIN IN ROW

 

The Hawks will try to match their longest winning streak of the season when they play host to the Bobcats.

Atlanta extended its winning streak to three games Wednesday night with a 105-88 victory over Minnesota.

It was the Hawks' first victory at the Target Center in more than nine years.

Atlanta's current winning streak is its longest since it won four in a row from Nov. 3-10 after dropping its season opener.

After playing tonight in Atlanta, the Hawks and Bobcats will meet again Saturday in Charlotte.

NEXT: Charlotte Bobcats, 7:30 tonight

TV: SportSouth

RECORD: 13-23

 

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