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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?
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel stops by to chat about the baseball season.
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LeBron James drove to the basket and made a layup at the buzzer to give the Heat a 103-102 win over the Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. NBA players immediately took to Twitter to react to James' basket and the Pacers' decision to keep rim-protector Roy Hibbert on the bench for the final play.
Right when Bron saw them take Hibbert out everybody in the arena knew he was going straight to the rim.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) May 23, 2013
Wow.Lebron— Mike Conley (@mconley11) May 23, 2013
How did he get a wide open layup? Lol. Great play call or TURRIBLE defense? Both? Lol— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) May 23, 2013
Remember when bron wasn't clutch? Can't say that anymore #NBAplayoffs— Patrick Ewing Jr (@pewingjr6) May 23, 2013
Lebron, triple double with 30pts!What a game!!— Kris Humphries (@KrisHumphries) May 23, 2013
Got to have big fella in there with 2.2 seconds left. "Shot blocking"! got to love the NBA playoffs because its filled with excitement!— Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) May 23, 2013
Paul george and sam young let him go in for a layup like its the 1st quarter #foulhim— chuck hayes (@c_hayes44) May 23, 2013
And that's why he is the best in the game.— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) May 23, 2013
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree recently had surgery for a torn Achilles suffered in practice and is expected to miss at least six months. This could dramatically alter the outlook of the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry in the NFC West and dampen the Niners' Super Bowl hopes. What does this mean for San Francisco, who needs to step up, and will we see a speedy recovery with Crabtree catching passes before the season is over?
Mike Krzyzewski turned Team USA men's basketball around after a disappointing bronze medal finish in the 2004 games -- now, he's reportedly decided to remain on the team for the 2016 games, despite saying he planned on ending his international career after winning gold in 2012. Can you name every man to coach the team since 1984? Take our quiz now!More games from ESPN Arcade »
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is still interested in cutting two preseason games and replacing them by expanding the regular season to 18 games or expanding the postseason. Does the NFL need to trim its preseason slate? Is adding more regular-season games or playoff games a better alternative? Vote below!
Bears great Brian Urlacher has announced his retirement after 13 years in the league. Urlacher recorded 1,353 tackles, 41.5 sacks, and 22 interceptions in his illustrious career, and though he never won a Super Bowl, he'll likely be an early entry into the Hall of Fame. The Bears have had their share of great linebackers, but where does Urlacher rank on the all-time list? Submit your rankings now!
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At 21 years, 288 days old, Mike Trout became the youngest player in AL history to hit for the cycle on Tuesday, nearly making it a natural cycle, by going single, triple, double, home run. After winning the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and finishing second in the AL MVP voting, Trout is proving in 2013 that he is no one-year wonder.
The draft lottery has been great to the Cleveland Cavaliers -- they got LeBron James out of it one year, Kyrie Irving in another, and now they've got the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. There's no true standout star from this class (although a healthy Nerlens Noel might qualify), leading to speculation that the Cavs might end up trading the pick -- a move that hasn't been made in 20 years. The Cavs have three other picks in this draft and a lot of cap space, but the lure of picking first might be too strong for them to resist, given how well it's worked for them in the past.
There's no LeBron James in this draft, but the available players all seem solid and professional -- not lightning in a bottle, exactly, but better than some No. 1 picks we could name.
Nerlens Noel is currently rehabbing, but if he ends up recovering fully, he and Kyrie Irving could form the core of a pretty good team.
The Magic didn't get the first pick despite having the worst record in the league. The top pick hasn't gone to the worst team since 2004 -- which, oddly enough, just happened to be the Magic.
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