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The list of teams that have come back to win their series after going down 3-1 in the NBA finals is short. Actually, it's nonexistent. That's probably not what the Thunder want to be thinking about after losing Game 4, especially considering the awkward fashion in which they fumbled the game away. Russell Westbrook had a costly and bizarre foul after an otherwise stellar performance, James Harden was a non-factor, and Kevin Durant started looking an awful lot like a guy who can only score. There's a first time for everything, but history is against the Thunder as they gear up for Game 5.


Westbrook's night?

Russell Westbrook was unstoppable for most of the game, but seemed to think that the shot-clock had reset when he fouled Mario Chalmers with only seconds remaining.

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What do you make of Russell Westbrook's performance in Game 4?

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Harden a factor?

James Harden was supposed to be the Thunder's secret weapon in these playoffs, but last night, he managed a mere eight points in 37 minutes.

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Whom do you blame most for the Thunder's loss in Game 4?

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LeBron's injury?

LeBron James seemed to be hurting after a hard fall late in the fourth quarter, but the Heat may have just been careful with their superstar.

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What is your take on LeBron James sitting out the final 55 seconds of Game 4?

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Fans upset?

Thunder fans will no doubt not be happy if their team loses, especially in this fashion, but we know another fanbase that does not want to see LeBron James win a title.

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Which group of fans will be more upset if the Heat win these Finals?

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Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman and Tyler Hansbrough received their reprimands for flagrant fouls in Game 5 of the Heat-Pacers conference semifinal. Haslem (one game) and Pittman (three games) will serve suspensions, while Hansbrough will get only an upgrade to a flagrant 2. Did the NBA get each punishment right?


Fair punishment?

Udonis Haslem missing Game 6 will hit the Heat hard, as they are without Chris Bosh (injury) and Dexter Pittman (suspension).

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What do you make of the one-game suspension Udonis Haslem received for his flagrant foul in Game 5 of the Heat-Pacers series?

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Did the NBA get it right?

Of the three players who were called for flagrant fouls in Game 5, Tyler Hansbrough was the only one not to receive a suspension.

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What's your take on the NBA upgrading Tyler Hansbrough's flagrant 1 foul to a flagrant 2, but not suspending him?

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Fans' take on the Heat-Pacers punishments:

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The Pacers have been giving the Heat a lot of trouble in their series, but if last night's 115-83 Heat win is any indication, Miami is fully prepared to bring the hammer down. The teams traded three flagrant fouls, with Dexter Pittman roughing up Lance Stephenson, Tyler Hansbrough going after Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem retaliating against Hansbrough when the latter went in for a layup. Larry Bird thought his upstart Pacers were soft in this game, but was it just a fluke?


A soft team?

"I can't believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I'm disappointed. I never thought it would happen. That's all I have to say." -- Larry Bird

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Do you agree with Larry Bird that the Pacers were soft in their Game 5 loss to the Heat?

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Harsher penalties?

Tyler Hansbrough and Udonis Haslem were both called out for their physical play.

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Should either Tyler Hansbrough or Udonis Haslem have been charged with a Flagrant 2 foul for their actions in Game 5?

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Crucial injury?

Both David West and Danny Granger suffered sprains in Game 5. West thought his injury was due to a cheap shot, although replays were somewhat less than conclusive.

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Who would the Pacers miss more if both were less than 100 percent in Game 6?

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Game 6 winner?

After such a decisive loss in Game 5, the Pacers will have to come out with a different approach in Game 6.

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What will happen in Game 6 of the Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference semifinal?

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