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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 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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LeBron James and Kevin Durant are putting up big scoring numbers in this year's NBA playoffs. LeBron dropped 49 points on the Nets on Monday; Durant scored 40 against the Clippers on Sunday. That's no surprise, considering their regular-season scoring prowess, but where do they rank among the NBA's all-time greatest playoff scorers?

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Happy Mother's Day! Here's hoping you sons out there didn't forget. A number of athletes sure didn't, taking to social media to share photos and deliver special messages to some of the most important women in their lives.

Kevin Durant, whose emotional NBA MVP acceptance speech included much love for his mother, Wanda Pratt, shared this powerful image before his Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal:


Teammate Russell Westbrook was among many other NBA stars to take time out -- some from their still-active playoff runs -- to show their love. Also among them: Paul George, the Indiana Pacers All-Star whose mother, Paulette, suffered a stroke when he was 10.


In the NFL, Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas paid tribute to his mother, Debbie, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed two years before Earl was born (she calls him her "miracle baby"):


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a greeting to his mother and sister, while teammate NaVorro Bowman got his mom quite the gift:


Newly minted draft picks Sammy Watkins and Carlos Hyde joined NFL players Cameron Jordan and Chance Warmack in talking about their favorite mom-related memories:


Courtesy of Relativity Sports

And on the baseball diamond, where teams throughout Major League Baseball are using pink balls, bats, cleats and other accessories, the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez went an extra step to show love for all the moms of the world:


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Durant, Thunder roll in Game 6

"Mr. Unreliable"? Kevin Durant sure didn't look like it on Thursday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder star poured in 36 points (on 23 shots) and added 10 rebounds in a 104-84 road win against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of their first-round series. On the brink of elimination, OKC now heads back home for Game 7. Will the West's No. 2 seed get it done? How much did the aforementioned controversial headline fuel Durant and the Thunder?

  • What did you think of The Oklahoman's "Mr. Unreliable" headline about Kevin Durant in Thursday's newspaper?

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  • How much do you think the "Mr. Unreliable" headline had to do with Kevin Durant and the Thunder's big Game 6 win?

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  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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  • How big a deal will it be if Kevin Durant doesn't win a title this season, his seventh in the NBA?

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