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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

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  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which of these is your favorite day of games during the NBA regular season?

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  • If you were a Heat fan, how would you welcome LeBron James when the Cavaliers play in Miami on Dec. 25?

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  • Which player's return from injury in 2014-15 is more intriguing?

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  • What do you make of the NBA giving teams a full week off around the All-Star break?

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  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

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  • Which team will finish with the best regular-season record?

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Five weeks after the infamous "air conditioner game" -- you know the one -- the Spurs posted the following job to NBA.com:

Spurs JobCourtesy of NBA.com


What is a senior operations manager? Well, the job requires myriad duties. But one of them in particular stands out:


Spurs JobCourtesy of NBA.com


Yes, experience with HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) units is a must for this post. Now, one might think that this job is in direct reaction to the incredible outage in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. However, notice how it doesn't say the applicant must be experienced at keeping them running. Hmmmm ...


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Note: SportsNation does not actually believe the outage was a conspiracy.

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End of the Big Three in Miami?

The Miami Heat's Big Three set out for a three-peat this season. Instead, they got hammered by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, leading many to speculate that this might be the end of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all together in South Florida. Then again, there are some suggestions all three could stay -- and be joined by Carmelo Anthony. What do you expect to see?

More: More titles for Spurs? | Rank: All-time NBA players

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • Where will Dwyane Wade play next season?

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  • Where will Chris Bosh play next season?

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  • What are the chances LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh take paycuts and Carmelo Anthony joins the Heat?

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  • If this is the end of the Big Three era in Miami, how would you characterize it?

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  • Which team is more likely to win next season's championship?

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Spurs win fifth NBA championship

Even after going behind 22-6 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs would not be denied. Gregg Popovich's team quickly roared past the Miami Heat, clinching the 2014 NBA championship with a 104-87 win. It gives Popovich and star player Tim Duncan their fifth championships but first since 2007, meaning youngsters such as Kawhi Leonard are tasting triumph for the first time. What does the future hold for this squad? Where do Popovich and Duncan rank on their respective all-time lists?

More: End of the Big Three era in Miami? | Rank: All-time NBA players

  • How many more championships will the Spurs win with their current core?

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  • Where does Tim Duncan rank among the best players in NBA history?

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  • Where does Gregg Popovich rank among the best NBA coaches ever?

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  • Which team is more likely to win next season's championship?

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  • Who gets your vote for NBA Finals MVP?

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  • What grade would you give the 2014 NBA playoffs?

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Spurs roll again, one win from title

That really got out of hand fast. After a hotly contested two games in San Antonio, the Spurs blitzed the Heat twice in Miami -- including Thursday night's 107-86 rout -- leaving the homecoming team one win away from a fifth championship overall and in the Gregg Popovich/Tim Duncan era. Is there any hope for the Heat?

Which team will win the NBA Finals? (Spurs lead 3-1)

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  • What chance do you give the Heat of coming back to beat the Spurs in the Finals (down 3-1, two possible games in San Antonio)?

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  • Where does Tim Duncan rank among the best players in NBA history?

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  • Where does Gregg Popovich rank among the best NBA coaches ever?

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  • If the Heat go on to lose the NBA Finals, will the Big Three be together in Miami next season?

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