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Have the Spurs taken control of this series?

June 7, 2013
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7

NBA Finals: Game 7

The Miami Heat came back in grand fashion against the San Antonio Spurs in one of the most exciting postseason games in recent memory. LeBron James lost his headband and caught fire (metaphorically), Ray Allen hit another clutch 3-pointer, Chris Bosh had a number of key blocks in overtime, and the Heat are alive for another day. With such a dramatic end to Game 6, it's almost absurd that both teams have to play again -- but play again they must, in Game 7 in Miami.

  • Which team will win Game 7? (9 p.m. ET, ABC)

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  • The Heat are favored by 6.5 points over the Spurs in Game 7. What will the final score be?

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  • What are you expecting out of LeBron James in Game 7?

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  • Which Big Three will perform better in Game 7?

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  • What should LeBron James do with his signature headband in Game 7?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in Game 7?

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  • The median ticket price for Game 7 is $699. Would you pay that much to see your favorite team in a championship Game 7?

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  • Who will be the MVP of Game 7?

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  • Which would be better for the NBA?

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  • What do you make of Chris Bosh telling Heat fans who left Game 6 early to stay at home for Game 7?

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NBA Finals: Game 1

Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off tonight (9 p.m. ET, ABC) in Miami, and it's anyone's guess as to the eventual victor. LeBron James is looking for revenge after his Cavaliers were swept by the Spurs in the 2007 Finals, which means a victory tonight could go a long way toward setting the tone for the rest of the series. If any team is unlikely to be intimidated by James and the Heat, however, it's the veteran Spurs. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have seen it all before.

Which team will win Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Miami? (9 p.m. ET, ABC)

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  • What are you expecting out of LeBron James in Game 1 of the NBA Finals?

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  • How big of a motivating factor will the Cavaliers' loss to the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals be for LeBron James in these Finals?

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  • Will the Spurs be rusty in Game 1?

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  • Which team will win the NBA Finals?

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NBA Finals: Game 7

The Miami Heat came back in grand fashion against the San Antonio Spurs in one of the most exciting postseason games in recent memory. LeBron James lost his headband and caught fire (metaphorically), Ray Allen hit another clutch 3-pointer, Chris Bosh had a number of key blocks in overtime, and the Heat are alive for another day. With such a dramatic end to Game 6, it's almost absurd that both teams have to play again -- but play again they must, in Game 7 in Miami.

  • Which team will win Game 7? (9 p.m. ET, ABC)

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      50%
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      50%

    Discuss (Total votes: 339,921)

  • The Heat are favored by 6.5 points over the Spurs in Game 7. What will the final score be?

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      29%
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      25%
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      46%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,453)

  • What are you expecting out of LeBron James in Game 7?

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      47%
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      32%
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      13%
    •  
      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 36,485)

  • Which Big Three will perform better in Game 7?

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      40%
    •  
      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 36,488)

  • What should LeBron James do with his signature headband in Game 7?

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      52%
    •  
      48%

    Discuss (Total votes: 82,871)

  • Which team are you rooting for in Game 7?

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      66%
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      34%

    Discuss (Total votes: 222,176)

  • The median ticket price for Game 7 is $699. Would you pay that much to see your favorite team in a championship Game 7?

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      41%
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      59%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,000)

  • Who will be the MVP of Game 7?

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      43%
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      18%
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      21%
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      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 29,944)

  • Which would be better for the NBA?

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      62%
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      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35,999)

  • What do you make of Chris Bosh telling Heat fans who left Game 6 early to stay at home for Game 7?

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      75%
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      25%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,739)

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The Spurs were looking like title favorites. Then the wheels fell off, to the tune of four straight losses to the Thunder. What does the future hold for Tim Duncan, Tony Parker & Co.? Do they have another title run left? Should the team make changes or keep its core together?


Contender or pretender?

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan showed flashes of brilliance this season, reeling off 20 straight wins. Will they still be title favorites next season?

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Will the Spurs contend for the title in 2012-13?

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Core concerns

The Spurs' core of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan has been together for years. Is it time to break them up or should they stick together?

SportsNation

What should the Spurs do with their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili?

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Who's staying?

Boris Diaw (unrestricted) and Danny Green (restricted) are both free agents. If the Spurs can sign only one, who should it be?

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Which free agent not named Tim Duncan should the Spurs make the biggest push to sign?

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The one that got away

The Spurs were rolling along -- until Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Where did San Antonio fall short?

SportsNation

Which of the following is the biggest factor in the Spurs losing in the Western Conference finals?

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What if?

The scoreboard says the Thunder beat the Spurs in the Western Conference finals. But if the Spurs had advanced instead, what would have happened?

SportsNation

If the Spurs had won the Western Conference, how would they have fared in the Finals?

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Glory is fleeting ... or is it?

It's been five years since the Spurs' last NBA title, but they've kept knocking on the door. Do they still have time to win a championship?

SportsNation

Has the Spurs' window to win a championship with their current core closed?

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You could have been forgiven for thinking the Thunder had no shot after the Spurs went up 2-0 on them in the Western Conference finals. San Antonio had won 20 straight games, after all, and looked to have essentially no weaknesses. The Thunder have turned the tide, however, and are now a game away from knocking the Spurs off their prematurely constructed pedestal. San Antonio's big three will need to rediscover their former glory if they want a shot at another championship under Gregg Popovich.


Who's most to blame?

Manu Ginobili, right, scored 34 points in this most recent loss, but the Spurs' big three were less effective than they have been in the past.

SportsNation

Who do you blame the most for the Spurs' three-game losing streak?

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Ginobili's new role?

Bringing Ginobili off the bench worked for the Spurs in the first two games, but he performed well in a starting role in Game 5 despite the loss.

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What should the Spurs do with Manu Ginobili?

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Popovich vs. Brooks?

Gregg Popovich is widely considered one of the finest coaches in the game, but is he being one-upped by Scott Brooks?

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Has Scott Brooks outcoached Gregg Popovich so far in this series?

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Game 6 winners?

The Spurs will have to beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City if they want to force a Game 7.

SportsNation

Which team will win Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City? (Thunder lead 3-2)

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