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NBA 5-on-5: G.S. Warriors

It wasn't long ago that the Golden State Warriors were forgotten everywhere except Oakland. Yet on the back of a surprising run to the Western Conference semifinals, their hopes are as high as anyone's on the left half of the U.S. They added glue guy Andre Iguodala to a core that includes the electric Stephen Curry. Are they really that good? 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 Warriors' offseason?

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

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

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  • Which of these bold predictions by the 5-on-5 panel is most likely to come true?

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

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Andre Iguodala got a standing ovation during a video tribute played Wednesday night in his return to Philadelphia. And with that courtesy out of the way, Philly fans went back to booing Iguodala every time he touched the ball. The former 76er, traded to Denver during the offseason, joins the large club of Philly boo-bird targets, including Mike Schmidt, Kobe Bryant and Santa Claus. Did Iguodala, who led the Sixers' surprising playoff run last season, deserve the serenade? Or was it just a case of Sixers fans trying to get under the skin of the opposition's best player? Comment and vote!

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The men's basketball roster for Team USA is set, and the latest incarnation of the Dream Team is ready to go for the gold in London. The squad is missing some big names -- two-thirds of the Miami Heat's Big Three and Dwight Howard, to be specific -- but it's rounded out with guys like Blake Griffin and James Harden. Coach K thinks this squad could be better than 2008's team, but will it also win the gold?

More: Who are the best players on Team USA?


Wade or Howard?

Neither Dwyane Wade nor Dwight Howard will be able to attend this year's Olympics due to health concerns.

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Which injured star will Team USA miss more this summer?

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Biggest snub?

Many pundits thought Anthony Davis would be a good addition to the squad, but he and others were left off in the end.

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Who was the biggest snub from the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team final roster?

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2008 or 2012?

2008: Anthony, Boozer, Bosh, Bryant, Howard, James, Kidd, Paul, Prince, Redd, Wade, Williams
2012: Anthony, Bryant, Chandler, Durant, Griffin, Harden, Iguodala, James, Love, Paul, Westbrook, Williams

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Which Team USA Olympic roster is better?

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The Celtics and 76ers will match up in a Game 7 after Philadelphia pulled off an 82-75 win at home. Allen Iverson's presence energized a crowd that Kevin Garnett had earlier criticized as lackadaisical and fair-weather, but that likely won't be a factor when the series returns to Boston. What might be a factor is the possible absence of Avery Bradley, whom the Celtics could lose for the remainder of the playoffs because of a shoulder injury. We'll find out what all of this means Saturday night.


Which team wins?

The Celtics missed several opportunities to put this series away, as their horrible shooting percentage doomed them in Game 6.

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Which team will win Game 7 of the Celtics-76ers Eastern Conference semifinal?

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Contenders without Bradley?

Avery Bradley has been the Celtics' secret hero on more than one occasion this season. His absence could be huge.

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Are the Celtics championship contenders if Avery Bradley is unable to play?

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Could Iverson come back?

Allen Iverson's most recent stint playing basketball in Turkey ended when he underwent calf surgery. Could he still play in the NBA?

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Could Allen Iverson still play in the NBA?

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It wasn't so long ago that Rajon Rondo was on top of the world. Now he's missing the worlds. His Celtics came up just short against the Lakers in the NBA Finals, but Rondo's overall playoff excellence helped land him at No. 4 when more than 10,000 SportsNation judges ranked the NBA's best point guards in July. And considering the three guys ahead of him -- Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Steve Nash -- either elected not to play for Team USA this summer or weren't eligible by virtue of their general "Canadian-ness", he seemed like a lock to be one of the stars of the show.

The catch, of course, is that as the United States beat Greece on Wednesday in its final exhibition, Rondo wasn't even there. Rondo withdrew from the team Tuesday, shortly after he himself admitted he was on the bubble to make the final cut. So did Rondo realize his game wasn't the best fit for the international game and graciously save Team USA the trouble of cutting a player? Or did he quit to save himself the embarrassment of being cut?

doomgunner

There was no need for him, everything he can do Rose can do as well, plus Rose even hit the clutch free throws (last weekend against Spain). Sure Rondo is a better defender, but he is a gambler defensively and we don't have the bigs like KG and Perkins to cover for his mistakes when his steal attempts fail. Rondo is always timid at crunch time b/c he is afraid of shooting clutch free throws.

-- doomgunner
vampire_face

I think Rondo just didn't like being benched. I mean, he has been a starter for years now. Some guys cannot handle going from playing all the time to not even logging in 1 minute, I think it's a shame. I still don't think he should have quit though.

-- Vampire_Face
the%20pragmaticist

Rondo knew he wasn't the best fit for international play and has a few other things to do, so he bowed out and spared the coach the heat of making the cut. This is a team of hungry players, and he's not one of the hungriest. Billups is already there to provide the wily veteran presence. It was just a rational decision. I guess being rational is too weird to understand anymore.

-- The Pragmaticist
zeppyled

Coach K is overrated. and Colangelo can't be trusted. Both are snakes, Rajon gave them a way out. I hope they appreciated it. A DNP? You've got to be kidding me.

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