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Spurs roll again, one win from title

That really got out of hand fast. After a hotly contested two games in San Antonio, the Spurs blitzed the Heat twice in Miami -- including Thursday night's 107-86 rout -- leaving the homecoming team one win away from a fifth championship overall and in the Gregg Popovich/Tim Duncan era. Is there any hope for the Heat?

Which team will win the NBA Finals? (Spurs lead 3-1)

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  • What chance do you give the Heat of coming back to beat the Spurs in the Finals (down 3-1, two possible games in San Antonio)?

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  • Where does Tim Duncan rank among the best players in NBA history?

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  • Where does Gregg Popovich rank among the best NBA coaches ever?

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  • If the Heat go on to lose the NBA Finals, will the Big Three be together in Miami next season?

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Thursday's Triple Play

The sports calendar is a fickle thing -- some days we scramble for something, anything, to watch, while other days we thank the tech gods that gave us multiple platforms to watch live sports simultaneously. Thankfully, Thursday is a bounty of riches that starts early in the morning with the 114th U.S. Open, bleeds into the afternoon with the opening of the World Cup and then concludes in the evening with Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Will you be glued to the TV all day? Perhaps coming down (cough) with (cough) something?

How much of Thursday's sports action will you watch?

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  • Which would you most like to see on Thursday?

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  • Do you watch soccer or golf anytime other than during a championship or major?

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  • Will you continue to watch the World Cup if/when the U.S. is knocked out?

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  • Have you ever called in sick from work or school to watch sports?

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Spurs rout Heat in Game 3

After a pair of closely contested games, the 2014 NBA Finals finally had a blowout, as the San Antonio Spurs slammed the Miami Heat -- thanks to a record-setting offensive first half -- and took a 2-1 series lead. How much momentum will carry over into Game 4? Will San Antonio go on to win the series?

Which team will win the NBA Finals? (Spurs lead 2-1)

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  • How much momentum will carry over for the Spurs into Game 4?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in the NBA Finals?

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Heat, Spurs level in Finals

There were no air conditioning outings. There were no cramps. There was just basketball on Sunday night, and in it the Miami Heat won a tight contest -- 98-96, to be exact -- to level the NBA Finals with the San Antonio Spurs at one game apiece. Where does it go from here? (Well, it goes to Miami for two games.) How will it end?

Which team will win the NBA Finals? (Tied 1-1)

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  • Will the NBA Finals go seven games?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in the NBA Finals?

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  • How many titles will LeBron James win in his career?

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  • What is your opinion of LeBron James?

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Heat or Spurs in NBA Finals?

For the first time in 16 years, we have a rematch in the NBA Finals. After the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs finished off the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively, they are set to square off one year after the Heat used an improbable comeback to win their second straight title. A win for Miami would put LeBron James & Co. in rarefied three-peat territory. A victory for the Spurs would give Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan their elusive fifth championship.

Which team will win the NBA Finals?

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  • Which team has the advantage in the backcourt?

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  • Which team has the advantage in the frontcourt?

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  • Which team has the advantage off the bench?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in the NBA Finals?

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  • Which team needs the 2014 championship more?

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  • Which playoffs have been better so far?

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