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Should Kyrie stay with Cavs?

He's the post-LeBron James face of the Cleveland Cavaliers ... for now. But Kyrie Irving, as ESPN's Brian Windhorst writes, faces an interesting decision this summer: Sign a long-term extension with his team, or decline the offer and effectively start the countdown clock on his stay in Ohio. Doing the latter certainly would hurt him from a PR perspective; James still hasn't fully recovered from "The Decision." But it's hard to deny the struggles of a team that currently is five games out of a playoff spot in the staggeringly weak East.

Should Kyrie Irving sign a contract extension with the Cavaliers this summer?

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  • Will Kyrie Irving eventually sign a long-term contract with the Cavaliers?

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  • What is Kyrie Irving as an NBA player?

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  • Who is most to blame for the Cavaliers' struggles this season?

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  • When will the Cavaliers next make the playoffs?

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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?

Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?

? More: Your NBA second half predictions?

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  • How do you feel about all the shooting, dunks and overall scoring at the NBA All-Star Game?

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  • Who was your All-Star Game MVP?

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  • Was John Wall the right choice as dunk contest winner?

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  • What is your favorite part of NBA All-Star Weekend?

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  • What do you make of the new NBA dunk contest formant?

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  • Should the NBA attach stakes to the All-Star Game a la MLB and World Series home-field advantage?

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  • Which league has the best All-Star Game?

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Love, Curry, Kobe All-Star starters

It will be a contest for the young -- and, in a couple of cases, the old -- when the 2014 All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Feb. 16. Or it could be, if everyone is healthy by then. The starters have been unveiled, with four first-time starters -- the Western Conference's Stephen Curry and Kevin Love and the Eastern Conference's Paul George and Kyrie Irving -- joining regulars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and, yes, Kobe Bryant. (Blake Griffin was the other.) Wade and, especially, Bryant earned votes despite fighting through injuries this season. Who didn't deserve the call? Who did but must wait until next Thursday, when the reserves are announced? Cast your votes below!

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  • Which All-Star starter was the weakest choice?

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  • Who should start the All-Star Game in Kobe Bryant's absence?

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  • Which first-time starter will have the best NBA career?

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  • In general, what grade would you give the fans in selecting the 2014 All-Star Game starters?

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NBA 5-on-5: Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron who? OK, we won't go that far. But things are looking up for the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Kyrie Irving nearing elite status and his supporting cast growing (No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett!) and growing (talented-but-injury-prone center Andrew Bynum!). Can the Cavs take the next step? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Cavaliers' offseason?

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  • What is the biggest question facing the Cavaliers in 2013-14?

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  • Who is the Cavaliers' most intriguing player this season?

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  • Prediction time: How far will the Cavaliers go next season?

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Kyrie Irving showed he is a serious threat with the ball in his hands, having upped his average in points and assists from his rookie year to his sophomore season. Now that the Cavaliers added Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum to the roster, that should give Irving the room he needs to be even more explosive on the offensive end. Will Irving be the league's biggest breakout star? Are second-year players Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond poised to up there production as well? NBA Insider Bradford Doolittle had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Click the images below to set your rankings!

2013-14 NBA breakout players

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal

Wizards G
2012-13: 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley

Rockets G
2012-13: 5.6 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.7 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Pelicans F
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.75 BPG

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Pistons C
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.58 BPG

Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier

Nuggets G
2012-13: 5.3 PPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 RPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers G
2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

Jazz C
2012-13: 7.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.46 BPG

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs F
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 6.0 RPG

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Nuggets C
2012-13: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.99 BPG

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers

Pelicans G
2012-13: 6.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 1.8 RPG

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