LeBron comes through in clutch

Although a Triple Crown did not take place at the Belmont Stakes over the weekend, there was plenty of other history and excitement this past week. Maria Sharapova completed the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open, followed by Rafael Nadal claiming his seventh French Open title. Heat star LeBron James came through with one of the better postseason performances we've seen in recent memory to beat the Celtics and set up an NBA Finals against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. The Los Angeles Kings got their first Stanley Cup after defeating the New Jersey Devils, and we witnessed a controversial decision in the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.

It was LeBron's best playoff series to date that gave him the edge over Rafael Nadal in the eyes of the panel this week. On a night when the Heat were facing elimination, James took over and forced a Game 7, eventually closing out the series to head back to the NBA Finals for the second year in a row. Not to take away from Nadal, who lands at No. 2. The seven-time French Open champ didn't allow the rain to interfere with a victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. And rounding out the top three is 26-year-old Jonathan Quick, who took home the Conn Smythe trophy for his efforts in leading Los Angeles to its first title in the franchise's 44-year history.

That's what our panel decided. Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.

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