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Whom do you love? When it comes to the NBA, it appears fans now prefer LeBron James. Yes, according to the latest ESPN Sports Poll, the Miami Heat star -- he of the ill-received "The Decision," but also of the last two MVPs and NBA championships -- took first for the first time in four years, named a favorite by 12.9 percent of fans. Among others, he bested fellow multiple champion Kobe Bryant (12.5 percent). Rounding out the top five: Kevin Durant (3.6), Derrick Rose (2.8) and Dwyane Wade (2.6). Who are your favorites? Make your picks from this list of stars!

Your favorite NBA players

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Miami Heat

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Brooklyn Nets

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden

James Harden

Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Houston Rockets

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James

LeBron James

Miami Heat

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwolves

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

San Antonio Spurs

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Brooklyn Nets

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Memphis Grizzlies

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Brooklyn Nets

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Will the Spurs' Big Three bounce back?

June 11, 2013
Jun
11

NBA Finals: Game 3

"It starts with me," Tony Parker said of the Spurs' chances in Game 3, and judging by his Game 2 performance, he's not wrong. Parker was minus-27 during his time on the floor in the Spurs' 103-84 loss, the worst mark out of the Spurs' Big Three in this series. Going down 2-1 after losing a game at home could have dire consequences for the Spurs. Do their veteran core players have it in them to make the necessary adjustments?

Which team will win Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio? (9 p.m. ET, ABC)

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    38%
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    62%

Discuss (Total votes: 163,683)

  • Which ''Big Three'' do you have more confidence in right now?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,919)

  • What are you expecting out of Manu Ginobili in Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

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      11%
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      36%
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      40%
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      13%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,575)

  • What are you expecting out of Tim Duncan in Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

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      24%
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      50%
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      23%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 22,991)

  • What are you expecting out of Tony Parker in Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

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      37%
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      41%
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      17%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 22,862)

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Have the Spurs taken control of this series?

June 7, 2013
Jun
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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      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%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 36,485)

  • Which Big Three will perform better in Game 7?

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      40%
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      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 36,488)

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

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      52%
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      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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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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    50%
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    50%

Discuss (Total votes: 119,140)

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

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      21%
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      47%
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      24%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 2,255)

  • 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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      35%
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      38%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 43,508)

  • Will the Spurs be rusty in Game 1?

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      48%
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      19%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 76,127)

  • Which team will win the NBA Finals?

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      8%
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      40%
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      10%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 168,071)

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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)

    •  
      50%
    •  
      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?

    •  
      29%
    •  
      25%
    •  
      46%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,453)

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

    •  
      47%
    •  
      32%
    •  
      13%
    •  
      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 36,485)

  • Which Big Three will perform better in Game 7?

    •  
      40%
    •  
      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 36,488)

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

    •  
      52%
    •  
      48%

    Discuss (Total votes: 82,871)

  • Which team are you rooting for in Game 7?

    •  
      66%
    •  
      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?

    •  
      41%
    •  
      59%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,000)

  • Who will be the MVP of Game 7?

    •  
      43%
    •  
      18%
    •  
      21%
    •  
      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 29,944)

  • Which would be better for the NBA?

    •  
      62%
    •  
      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?

    •  
      75%
    •  
      25%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,739)

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