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Every athlete dreams of the big stage. What bigger stage is there than the Super Bowl? Super Bowl halftime of course. ESPN The Magazine's latest music issue has paired seven hot athletes with seven even hotter music acts to create the fantasy halftime shows that we may never see, but will have fun thinking about. Which piques your interest the most? Click on the images below to rank your favorites!

Rank: ESPN The Magazine's Fantasy Acts

Capital Cities

Capital Cities

With Dustin Penner

Eminem

Eminem

With Calvin Johnson

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

With Chris Paul

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

With Kobe Bryant

Skylar Grey

Skylar Grey

With Hope Solo

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

With Kenny Stills and Cam Jordan

Yandel

Yandel

With Yonder Alonso and Manny Machado

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The Clippers have a problem common to teams that approach offense with a fanatic's zeal: They can't stop other teams from matching them point-for-point. Los Angeles is giving up 102.1 points per game, the sixth-worst mark in the league, and is in the midst of a two-game losing streak in which it allowed the Hawks to drop 107 points on it. Chris Paul thinks the Clippers need to find a defensive identity, but when you're coming off a game in which the opposing team shoots 52.2 percent from 3-point range, it might simply be that you don't have the personnel to do the job.

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Will Clippers win post-'Lob City'?

"Lob City" is dead. Long live ... "Doc City"? Whatever you call it, it the Los Angeles Clippers need a new nickname, as Blake Griffin said new coach Doc Rivers is putting an end to the beloved (and short-lived) moniker. Not that Clips fans will be too distressed; with a championship-winning coach replacing Vinny Del Negro -- and a shored-up bench offering a new dynamic to a team that won 56 games a season ago but exited in the first round of the playoffs -- things are looking brighter than ever on the "other" side of Staples Center.

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The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Best NBA backcourts

Clippers

Clippers

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

Heat

Heat

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen

Lakers

Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris

Nets

Nets

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson

Nuggets

Nuggets

Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson

Rockets

Rockets

James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin

Spurs

Spurs

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green

Thunder

Thunder

Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams

Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas

Wizards

Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.

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