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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?

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  • How much of NBA All-Star Weekend did you watch?

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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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NBA second half predictions

Mathematically, the NBA passed its halfway mark some time ago. Unofficially, the second half of the season doesn't begin until after the All-Star break. And with that behind us, it's time to look ahead. Will the Indiana Pacers finally end the Miami Heat's reign as Eastern Conference champions? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder -- with Russell Westbrook coming back Thursday, according to Kevin Durant -- rule the West and, ultimately, the league? Cast your votes below!

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  • Which team will win the Western Conference?

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

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  • Which team will win the NBA Championship?

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  • Assuming one of these teams misses the playoffs, which will it be?

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  • Will the Knicks (20-32; 2.5 GB 8th in the East) make the playoffs?

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  • Which of these teams would be more dangerous in the playoffs?

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  • Which of these teams has the best chance of making a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference finals?

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  • Who will win NBA MVP?

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Are you pumped for the All-Star Game?

NBA All-Star Weekend is probably the flashiest of the NFL, MLB and NHL exhibition games. No other league has anything resembling the combination of the celebrity game, the 3-point contest, and the almighty dunk contest. Each squad is strong (the East has some very good players despite generally being the weaker conference this season), and though the game itself doesn't matter all that much, it'll probably be at least fun to watch.

  • Which team will win the NBA All-Star Game?

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      37%
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  • Are you planning to watch the NBA All-Star Game this weekend?

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      57%

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

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  • Which league has the best All-Star Game?

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LeBron James in dunk contest?

For a man who says he never wants to participate in the NBA dunk contest, LeBron James didn't do much to stop the speculation Monday. While in Phoenix prepping for a game against the Suns, James put on an above-the-rim show, making us once again wonder what he would be like in the big event. Will he ever break down and do it?

How would LeBron James fare if he participated in this year's NBA dunk contest?

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  • Will LeBron James ever participate in an NBA dunk contest?

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  • How badly do you want to see LeBron James compete in the NBA dunk contest?

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  • Would LeBron James live up to expectations if he participated in a dunk contest?

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  • What would LeBron James' participation in a dunk contest do to its ratings?

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The field for the 2014 NBA dunk contest reportedly has been finalized, with three stars (Paul George, Damian Lillard and John Wall) joining a trio of lesser-known but still high-flying players (Harrison Barnes, Ben McLemore and 2013 champion Terrence Ross) in New Orleans. How do they stack up as dunkers? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

%u2022 Quiz: Can you name the past 15 slam dunk champions?

NBA dunk contest participants

Harrison Barnes

Paul George

Damian Lillard

Ben McLemore

Terrence Ross

John Wall

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