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Kevin Durant's nickname?

Can we all agree that you're not allowed to just up and give yourself a nickname? The whole point of a nickname is that it reflects what other people think of you, not what you think of yourself. That's our main objection to Kevin Durant saying he likes "The Servant" as a nickname for himself. Durant told Grantland's Bill Simmons of the nickname during a recent interview, saying he didn't like the nickname "Slim Reaper." It's too bad, honestly. You'd think a variation of "Grim Reaper" would come up more often as a sports nickname.

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  • Are you OK with players coining their own nicknames?

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  • Should the Thunder reduce Kevin Durant's minutes (38.2 minutes per game) once Russell Westbrook comes back?

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  • Which team will win tonight's game in Oklahoma City?

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NBA second half predictions

Mathematically, the NBA passed its halfway mark some time ago. Unofficially, the second half of the season doesn't begin until after the All-Star break. And with that behind us, it's time to look ahead. Will the Indiana Pacers finally end the Miami Heat's reign as Eastern Conference champions? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder -- with Russell Westbrook coming back Thursday, according to Kevin Durant -- rule the West and, ultimately, the league? Cast your votes below!

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  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

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  • Which team will win the NBA Championship?

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  • Assuming one of these teams misses the playoffs, which will it be?

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  • Will the Knicks (20-32; 2.5 GB 8th in the East) make the playoffs?

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  • Which of these teams would be more dangerous in the playoffs?

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  • Which of these teams has the best chance of making a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference finals?

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  • Who will win NBA MVP?

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Are Thunder NBA title favorites?

With the NBA All-Star break fast approaching, the Oklahoma City Thunder sport the NBA's second-best record, but reign supreme atop John Hollinger's Power Rankings. They also own the best chance (24.5 percent) of winning the championship, according to Hollinger's Playoff Odds, better even than the 40-11 Indiana Pacers (20.8). Much of this has come without star Russell Westbrook (Kevin Durant's insane play has something to do with it). Is OKC your title favorite? Does it need a healthy Russ to go all the way?

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  • Which will be the 2014 NBA Finals matchup?

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  • Can the Thunder win an NBA title without a healthy Russell Westbrook?

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  • What do you make of the NBA MVP race?

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Durant, Thunder make statement

We knew the Oklahoma City Thunder were good. We knew Kevin Durant was the clear MVP favorite. But what happened on Wednesday night still raised eyebrows. After falling behind 22-4, KD & Co. quickly turned the game around, leading by five at halftime and proceeding to blow out the two-time defending-champion Miami Heat 112-95 -- on the road. Is there any chance Durant -- who extended his 30-point streak to 12 games Wednesday -- doesn't take home the top award? Can OKC win it all even without a healthy Russell Westbrook (they're now 15-6)? And what to make of the beleaguered Heat?

  • What are the chances Kevin Durant doesn't win NBA MVP this season?

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  • How much does Wednesday night's 112-95 win for the Thunder over the Heat change your opinion about the teams?

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  • Could the Thunder contend for an NBA title without a healthy Russell Westbrook?

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  • Are the Heat legitimate NBA championship contenders?

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  • Which is the best team in the NBA?

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  • What is your pick for the NBA Finals matchup?

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Thunder-Heat a finals preview?

Kevin Durant has been wrecking the NBA as of late, scoring 30 or more points in an absurd 11 straight games. In advance of their matchup Wednesday night, LeBron James has stated the obvious -- it's impossible to guard Durant one-on-one. Durant's dominance comes at a strange time for James, as he's playing reduced minutes in anticipation of a lengthy playoff run. It's resulted in his lowest points-per-game average of his career, although since this is LeBron, that average is a pretty-darn-good 26 points. Wednesday night's matchup could prove to be instructive if the Thunder and Heat meet again in the playoffs, although there's no guarantee that either team is the best in its respective conference.

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  • Is Thunder-Heat a preview of the NBA Finals matchup?

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  • Which team would win a seven-game series on a neutral court?

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  • Which is the best team in the NBA?

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