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Three of the top four seeds in the NBA playoffs were taken to seven games. All of them survived. Does that change how you rate them as the second round gets underway? Click on the logos below to rank the last eight remaining teams!

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Final 8 NBA Playoff Teams

Clippers

Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers
No. 3 in West

Heat

Heat

Miami Heat
No. 2 in East

Nets

Nets

Brooklyn Nets
No. 6 in East

Pacers

Pacers

Indiana Pacers
No. 1 in East

Spurs

Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
No. 1 in West

Thunder

Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 2 in West

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers
No. 5 in West

Wizards

Wizards

Washington Wizards
No. 5 in East

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Predictions for NBA second round?

The second round is well underway. Which team will win each series? What will happen in the later rounds? Cast your votes below!

How will the Pacers-Wizards series play out? (Pacers lead 3-2)

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    35%
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  • How will the Thunder-Clippers series play out? (Thunder lead 3-2)

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      44%
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      25%

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  • Which team will win the NBA championship?

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      21%
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      45%
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      15%
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      4%
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      15%

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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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      33%
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      67%

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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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      53%
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      47%

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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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      80%
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      20%

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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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      71%
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      29%

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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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      47%
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      38%
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      15%

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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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      49%
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      51%

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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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    59%
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    30%
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    11%

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

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 72,079)

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

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      39%
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      61%

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