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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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  • 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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Durant out of FIBA World Cup

Team USA suffered another high-profile loss Thursday, although this one was decidedly less frightening: Citing "physical and mental fatigue," Oklahoma City Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has pulled out of the FIBA World Cup. Paul George, who sustained a horrific leg injury last week, also will miss the Barcelona tournament, the winner of which earns an automatic bid into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Do you have a problem with Kevin Durant pulling out of the FIBA World Cup, citing "physical and mental fatigue?"

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  • How much will Kevin Durant's absence hurt Team USA at the FIBA World Cup?

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  • Will Team USA win the FIBA World Cup and earn an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics?

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  • Has the Paul George injury changed your opinion on whether you want your favorite players participating in international tournaments?

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  • Which of the following would you rather have an important player on your favorite NBA team do in the summer?

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Spurs move ahead against Thunder

The Spurs returned to their dominant form once again against the Thunder, routing them 117-89 in San Antonio. Can the Thunder recover and force a deciding Game 7?

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  • Which team are you rooting for to win the NBA championship?

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Spurs slam Thunder in Game 2

Things are getting ugly in the Western Conference finals, after the San Antonio Spurs followed up a strong Game 1 with an earth-shattering Game 2. Danny Green hit seven 3-pointers. Russell Westbrook was held to 15 points on 24 shots and Kevin Durant 15 on 16. In the end, the host Spurs absolutely smashed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 to take a 2-0 series lead. Is this thing over, or will the Thunder get back in it in OKC?

What do you make of the Spurs' 112-77 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals?

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  • Which team will win the Western Conference finals? (Spurs lead 2-0)

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  • Which team will win the NBA title?

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NBA conference finals

The conference final matchups in the NBA playoffs are set, with the Heat set to take on the Pacers and the Thunder looking to get past the Spurs. There's been a heap of drama this postseason, but as we get closer to the finals, it's starting to become more and more about the games themselves. Which team will win it all?

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  • Which team will win the Eastern Conference finals?

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  • Which team are you rooting for to win the NBA title?

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  • Which series will be more exciting?

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  • What grade would you give the NBA playoffs so far?

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