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Hibbert, Pacers turn corner?

In two days, Roy Hibbert went from LVP to MVP, following up his zero-point, zero-rebound effort Monday with 28 points and nine rebounds in the Indiana Pacers' series-tying win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. It was a major turnaround for the big man, but the Pacers aren't safe yet; Game 2 still came down to the final moments, and Indiana next heads to D.C. for a pair against John Wall & Co.

What do you make of Roy Hibbert's 28-point, nine-rebound effort in the Pacers' 86-82 Game 2 win over the Wizards?

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  • Should Frank Vogel be fired if the Pacers lose to the Wizards in the second round?

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Pacers and Wizards? (Tied 1-1)

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  • How will the Pacers fare the rest of the playoffs?

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On Thursday, LeBron James will be sporting more on his head than his usual headband. Because of the broken nose he suffered against the Oklahoma City Thunder, James will wear a protective face mask against the New York Knicks. Of course, this won't be the first time he has played in such a thing. He also donned one in 2005 when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also is far from the only NBA All-Star to wear a mask. Over the years, numerous big names have put these on their heads in games. We picked out 10 from the 1990s until now. Who wears it best?

Rank' Em: NBA's Masked Men

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Worn: 2012

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Worn: Most of career

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Worn: 2012

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Worn: 2004

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Worn: 2013

LeBron James

LeBron James

Worn: 2005

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

Worn: 2005

Bill Laimbeer

Bill Laimbeer

Worn: 1990-92

Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning

Worn: 1998

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman

Worn: 1994

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What's in store for the Pacers?

Taking the Miami Heat to seven games is nothing to be ashamed of, but there's a sense with the Pacers that they could have done more, especially considering their disastrous Game 7. That being said, the team is in good shape for next season, especially if they manage to retain David West and get back a healthy Danny Granger. Frank Vogel's squad showed it could hang with the NBA's elite teams -- this offseason, it'll have to prove that it can beat them.

Will the Pacers ever win a championship with their current core?

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  • Would the Pacers have made the NBA Finals with Danny Granger?

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  • Will David West (unrestricted free agent) be a Pacer next season?

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  • What should the Pacers do with Danny Granger?

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  • What is the Pacers' biggest need in the offseason?

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  • Should the Pacers bring back Larry Bird?

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  • Do you have a problem with Roy Hibbert and David West leaving the court without shaking hands with the Heat after Game 7?

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Roy Hibbert's week has been ... well, not bad, exactly. Not great either. Strange? Eventful? He's already in the news for not being put in the game to guard LeBron James in the final seconds of Game 1, a decision which SportNation found to be pretty questionable. On Thursday night, Hibber took to his Twitter account to call out the Heat's Shane Battier for his alleged dirty play earlier in the game:

Battier himself has not responded, although his own Twitter account has been dark since early April. Maybe if Hibbert had used "@ShaneBattier" in his message, we'd have a real Twitter fight on our hands; for now, it's disappointingly one-sided.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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LeBron James hits Game 1 winner

LeBron James did it again -- this time, putting up a triple-double before hitting a game-winning layup in overtime of Game 1. Strangely enough, Pacers coach Frank Vogel kept Roy Hibbert, his best defender, on the bench in the final seconds, leaving only an overmatched Paul George to guard LeBron. Would the outcome of this game have been different if Hibbert was left in?

Would LeBron James have scored the game-winning basket in overtime of Game 1 if Roy Hibbert was in the game?

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  • Did Frank Vogel make a mistake taking Roy Hibbert out for the Pacers' last two defensive possessions in Game 1?

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  • What has coach Frank Vogel been to the Pacers in the playoffs?

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  • Is LeBron James the most clutch player in the NBA right now?

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  • Which team will win the Pacers-Heat Eastern Conference final? (Heat lead 1-0)

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