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Basketball players work as a team. They pass the ball to get closer to the net. The other team tries to stop them from shooting. A team gets points if a basket is made.

Defense is an important part of the game. Even the star players are expected to play defense. Candace Parker is one of the best scorers in the game. But here she tries to keep Maya Moore from scoring. Moore does the same to Parker on the other end of the floor. Strong defense helps make both players important to their teams.

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Making Connections


Does your school have a basketball team? Would you ever want to play on one? Why or why not?


Have you read about any other great sports players? What makes them great?


Why do you think basketball is so popular around the world?

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