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OKC-LAC controversial Game 5

The Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit with 49 seconds to play in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead over the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. The game took a controversial turn when Oklahoma City was awarded a possession with 11.3 seconds remaining in the game on a ball Doc Rivers believed went out of bounds off a Thunder player. On the ensuing possession, Russell Westbrook was fouled by Chris Paul on a 3-point attempt, setting up what would turn out to be the game-winning free throw attempts. Did the officials cost the Clippers the game? How will the rest of the series play out?

  • Did the officials make the right call near the end of the Thunder-Clippers game, when the ball was deemed to go out of bounds off an L.A. player?

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  • Who is more to blame for the Clippers' Game 5 loss?

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  • Doc Rivers said he thinks the officials awarded a late possession to the Thunder near the end of Game 5 as a makeup call for missing a foul on Matt Barnes. Do you agree?

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  • Which better describes the Thunder in Game 5?

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  • Which duo would you rather have for the remainder of the Thunder-Clippers series?

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  • How will the Thunder-Clippers series play out? (Thunder lead 3-2)

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Kevin DurantLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images

Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

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Clippers rout hapless 76ers

The Clippers with Chris Paul just might be the team no one wants to play once playoff time comes around. Take their 123-78 dismantling of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, perhaps summed up best by the video above. Obviously this has the "they're playing a very bad team" disclaimer, but plays like that show just how explosive the Clippers can be with a healthy Chris Paul. That play came after the team jumped out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter, which tends to be when Lob City makes a comeback. Paul and Griffin may never translate their chemistry into a title, but they're sure fun to watch.

How far will the Clippers advance this season?

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  • Which team would be the biggest threat to the Thunder in the playoffs?

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  • Will the Clippers ever win a championship with their current core?

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Every athlete dreams of the big stage. What bigger stage is there than the Super Bowl? Super Bowl halftime of course. ESPN The Magazine's latest music issue has paired seven hot athletes with seven even hotter music acts to create the fantasy halftime shows that we may never see, but will have fun thinking about. Which piques your interest the most? Click on the images below to rank your favorites!

Rank: ESPN The Magazine's Fantasy Acts

Capital Cities

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With Dustin Penner

Eminem

Eminem

With Calvin Johnson

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

With Chris Paul

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

With Kobe Bryant

Skylar Grey

Skylar Grey

With Hope Solo

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

With Kenny Stills and Cam Jordan

Yandel

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The Clippers have a problem common to teams that approach offense with a fanatic's zeal: They can't stop other teams from matching them point-for-point. Los Angeles is giving up 102.1 points per game, the sixth-worst mark in the league, and is in the midst of a two-game losing streak in which it allowed the Hawks to drop 107 points on it. Chris Paul thinks the Clippers need to find a defensive identity, but when you're coming off a game in which the opposing team shoots 52.2 percent from 3-point range, it might simply be that you don't have the personnel to do the job.

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

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