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Game 7 drama for NBA playoffs

The first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs have been unpredictable and exciting. So it's fitting that five of the eight opening series will come down to the ultimate sports drama this weekend: a win-or-go-home Game 7. On Saturday, the Pacers, Thunder and Clippers all advanced to the conference semifinals. Still ahead on Sunday: the Spurs will both be looking to stave off an unexpected early exit at the hands of the Mavericks, whle fhe Nets and Raptors play for the right to face the Heat in the next round.

  • Who will win Game 7 of the Mavericks-Spurs Western Conference first-round series in San Antonio?

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  • Which team will win Game 7 of the Nets-Raptors Eastern Conference first round series in Toronto?

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Sterling banned for life

Donald Sterling has been banned for life in response to racist comments caught on tape. NBA commissioner Adam Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million and said he will urge the NBA's Board of Governors to force a sale of the team. This penalty is about as hard as the league could come down on Sterling and prompted widespread approval from some of the NBA's biggest names.

  • Are you satisfied by the punishment handed down by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to Donald Sterling? (Lifetime suspension, $2.5 million fine)

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  • Do you agree with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers would be a "slippery slope"?

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  • How do you expect the 29 NBA owners to vote in regard to forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers?

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  • What punishment would you suggest if a NBA player were to make racist remarks similar to that of Donald Sterling?

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Clippers lose amid controversy

The Los Angeles Clippers took the court Sunday for the first time since racist comments purportedly made by owner Donald Sterling surfaced. Before the game they showed great solidarity in staging a silent protest. During it, though, the events seemed to catch up to them, as the Golden State Warriors won 118-97 to tie the series 2-2. The NBA is investigating, and commissioner Adam Silver expects it to go "extraordinarily quickly."

How much do you think the Donald Sterling situation hurt the Clippers in their 118-97 loss at the Warriors in Game 4?

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  • If you were a neutral fan, would you be rooting for the Clippers in the playoffs?

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 2-2)

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Is Blake Griffin a flopper?

Earlier this week while on "The Wheelhouse" on 95.7 The Game radio in San Francisco, Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers forward Blake Griffin: "He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like, how can a guy that big and strong flop that much?" Is Blake Griffin a flopper? Do you have a problem with Thompson's comments?

Is Blake Griffin a flopper?

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  • Do you have a problem with the way Blake Griffin plays?

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  • "He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes, like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much?" Do you have a problem with Klay Thompson's comments on Blake Griffin?

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  • Which of these players will have the biggest impact in the Warriors-Clippers series?

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup?

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Your NBA playoff predictions?

The NBA playoffs are underway, and they're even more competitive than expected. Which teams will go on to win their first-round series? Cast your votes below!

More: Rank the playoff teams!

  • Who will win Game 7 of the Mavericks-Spurs Western Conference first-round series in San Antonio?

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  • Which team will win Game 7 of the Nets-Raptors Eastern Conference first round series in Toronto?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 24,610)

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