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NBA finals: Television ratings, clearing out my reporter’s notebook

Jun 23, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

Miami Heat's James celebrates near the end of Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami Reuters

I had a ton of notes I took at points in Miami during the NBA finals and all of it didn’t get into posts. So I’m closing out my notebook with bullet points to put a little bow on the NBA finals.

• People like to watch stars. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the Heat vs. the Thunder — these finals drew the highest television ratings since 2004, the last year of the Shaq/Kobe Lakers. Game 5 drew a 12.8 rating, tied with last year’s series. For the entire series it was an 10.1 rating, which beats last year through five games and ties it overall (Game 6 was the highest rated last year, the longer a series goes the higher the ratings get for games).

• The Oklahoma City Thunder were very impressive in how they handled defeat — they were mature and said they needed to work this summer and come back better. You know they will. If they can bring this team back healthy and be able to sub in Eric Maynor (the injured backup point guard, who is a massive improvement over Derek Fisher) they are the biggest threat to a Heat repeat.

• That attitude comes from the top and coach Scott Brooks, watch the video of him telling his team right before the end “they beat us fair and square” and to go out and shake the Heat’s hands. That’s class. (via Ball Don’t Lie)

• Any more questions about how important Chris Bosh is the Heat?

• LeBron James became the 10th player to win the league MVP and the finals MVP in the same season. Michael Jordan did it four times.

• President Barak Obama did call the Heat to congratulate them.

• I thought Bosh pretty much summed up what the Heat players said whenever you asked them about the general perceptions of this team:

“We don’t care. We don’t care because we know how everything changes so fast,” Bosh said. “Any time, if indeed it does change and everybody says, I knew you guys were going to do it and this is it, we’re going to be like, no, we’re going to remember the times when it was tough when we were down and everybody was kicking us.”

• I was especially happy to see a personal favorite guy in the league — Ronny Turaif — get a ring.

• Miami becomes the first team ever to trail in three playoff series (2-1 to the Pacers, 3-2 to the Celtics and 1-0 to the Thunder) and come back to win the title.

• The Heat’s post-party in South Beach racked up a $200,000 bar bill, sounds pretty wild and included LeBron rapping with LMAFO (follow this link to see the video, but be warned there is some adult language).

  1. truthhurtstoo - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    I guess the Celts could learn a thing or two from this young coach.

    • mavajo - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      I admire what Brooks said, and it was all class on the part of him and the OKC players. But it worked with them because they’re a young team. I don’t think that would have gone over the same on a veteran team like the Celtics.

  2. paulhargis53 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    truth, you’re such a wanker.
    That was payback for what LeBron did to them previously. He did the same thing. Show no respect, get no respect back.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      you’re watching too much BBC it would seem…… now buzz off

  3. jeffw - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    “I was especially happy to see a personal favorite guy in the league — Ronny Turaif — get a ring.”

    You would think that you could spell your “personal favorite” name correctly. I like Kaven Gernatt…

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed.

      “• Any more questions about how important Chris Bosh is the Heat?”

    • bigmack305 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Really? You like Gernatt? He’s such a fake tough guy. I think Rey Allin is 10 times better.

  4. jerseyfinatic - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Really Kurt?!?!? Really?? “President BARAK Obama”………..wow SMH. That is just plain, DUMB. SMH I’m done with this website. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU SPELL THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’s NAME WRONG?! Your a professional sports writer! Wow.

    • topprospect - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Haha, the grammar purist makes an appearance. If you’re going to correct other’s spelling (in a blog of all things), make sure your grammar is at least at a 3rd grade level. You sir, are the King of the Douche Kingdom.

  5. denverhoopdreams - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Really Kurt?!?!? Really?? “President BARAK Obama”………..wow SMH. That is just plain,(no comma required) DUMB. SMH I’m done with this website. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU SPELL THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’s NAME WRONG?! Your(you’re)* a professional sports writer! Wow.

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    When you’re trolling someones spelling, please make sure you don’t have any errors in your comment. Even if the original writer is a professional sports writer.

    Thanks.

  6. rickyspanish - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I’m not one the grammar zealots in this forum but these posts are so short you would think someone could proofread and edit one in twenty minutes. Pretty sure NBC can afford an editor.

  7. philtration - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    So how many of your “notes” were really just page after page of the name LEBRON surrounded by hearts and unicorns?

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