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  1. Dwyane Wade’s steal, dunk in transition define his throwback Game 4 performance (VIDEO)

    Jun 14, 2013, 1:26 PM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — If there was a single play that showed just how much Dwyane Wade looked like the version we called Flash back in 2006 when he led the Heat to a championship and was named Finals MVP for his efforts, it was this spectacular steal and dunk in transition early in the fourth…

  2. LeBron likes Jason Kidd’s chances to succeed as Nets’ new head coach

    Jun 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — The Nets announced the hiring of Jason Kidd as their new head coach on Wednesday, and while there are legitimate questions as to whether he can make the transition so quickly from player to coach, the reaction has been mostly positive. Go ahead and count LeBron James among the believers. Speaking before…

  3. Dwyane Wade turns in dominant performance, plays like ‘2006 Flash’ in Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 14, 2013, 1:28 AM EST

    Heat's Wade dunks against the Spurs during Game 4 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    In the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Spurs, however, the old Wade was back. “That dude was amazing,” LeBron James said of his teammate’s performance. “Like I said, he was ’06 Flash tonight. And we needed every bit of him.” Maybe not every bit, as James was pretty spectacular himself. But if not in…

  4. Heat’s Big Three dominate Game 4 to even the Finals at two games apiece

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:48 AM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James was the one who took the bulk of the criticism for the Heat’s 36-point loss in Game 3, largely due to a 15-point outing that didn’t include a single free throw attempt. But Dwyane Wade knew better. He was well aware that for Miami to bounce back and remain in…

  5. Heat, Spurs tied 49-49 at halftime of Game 4

    Jun 13, 2013, 10:28 PM EST

    Heat's James and Spurs' Leonard battle for position Game 4 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs and the Heat are tied 49-49 at halftime of Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and this game has been every bit as exciting as one played at the championship level between the league’s two best teams. Each team led by as many as 10 points over the first 24…

  6. Preview: Heat believe effort and a focused LeBron are keys to Game 4 of the Finals

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:02 PM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — The Miami Heat have made a habit of bouncing back after a poor performance this season, and they hope that Thursday night’s Game 4 will be no different. Following a 36-point loss in which the Spurs shot historically well from three-point distance, and managed to hold LeBron James without a free throw…

  7. Tony Parker ‘ready to go’ for Game 4 of the Finals

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs guard Parker answers questions at a news conference in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday, after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He refused to speculate on his availability for Game 4, but he and Gregg Popovich confirmed to reporters at this morning’s shootaround that he would in fact be in the lineup for the Spurs on…

  8. Gregg Popovich was asked if he might ‘mail in’ Game 4 to rest the injured Tony Parker, responded as you’d expect

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:22 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs coach Popovich speaks with player Duncan during practice for their NBA Finals basketball playoff series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Not everything interesting that players and coaches say from practice can make it into a full-blown story. But sometimes, the answer to a single question is deserving of being mentioned all by itself. Especially when Gregg Popovich is the one giving the response. There were plenty of questions about Tony Parker‘s status…

  9. NBA competition committee recommending expansion of instant replay to include block/charge calls

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:28 PM EST

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    The NBA’s competition committee met Wednesday in San Antonio, and is making recommendations on expanding instant replay to include a few more potentially critical situations, according to a report from the Associated Press. The bigger news, however, is that this is the first time that the league would allow plays that are judgment calls made by…

  10. Grizzlies reportedly set to interview Alvin Gentry for head coaching job

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EST

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    After parting ways with Lionel Hollins earlier this week, there won’t be a shortage of candidates interested in the Grizzlies now vacant head coaching position. Memphis has a solid roster and reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history this season, and the organization is looking at both veterans of the…

  11. Spurs appreciate Kawhi Leonard’s quiet confidence

    Jun 12, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard is in only his second NBA season, but he’s already an extremely important part of the Spurs and their championship aspirations. Leonard’s defense on LeBron James has helped limit the league MVP to 18 points or less in each of the first three games of the Finals, and when he’s…

  12. Tim Duncan on how the Spurs are slowing LeBron James: ‘We’re guarding him with five guys’

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:42 PM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — A day after LeBron James was held to just 15 points and didn’t get to the free throw line for a single attempt, Tim Duncan was asked to explain how in the world his team has been able to slow the league’s MVP to playing like a mere mortal for the third…

  13. LeBron says he ‘played like s—‘ in Game 3, guarantees he’ll be better in Game 4

    Jun 12, 2013, 5:51 PM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — The overriding theme for the Miami Heat at practice on Wednesday was to put the lack of effort they brought to their blowout Game 3 loss behind them, and focus on making the necessary adjustments to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again in Game 4. LeBron James guaranteed that he personally…

  14. Tony Parker won’t speculate on his availability for Game 4

    Jun 12, 2013, 4:59 PM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — The official word on Tony Parker on Wednesday was that an MRI confirmed a Grade 1 right hamstring strain that forced him out of Game 3 early, and that he was listed as day-to-day. That was about as far as he would go in discussing his status for Game 4 on Thursday. “Today…

  15. Spurs’ Green, Neal, Leonard have same amount of points as LeBron, Wade, Bosh through 3 games of the Finals

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:26 PM EST

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    SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs and their “Big Three” have taken it to the Heat so far in this series, and it’s one of the reasons that Miami finds itself down two games to one in the NBA Finals. But it isn’t Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili who are keeping pace with LeBron…

  16. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

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    TREVISO, Italy — The camp’s second day was lighter on the competition for the older, draft eligible international prospects, and was focused instead on drills, coaching, and showcasing the younger teams in attendance. There was only one game featuring the event’s main attractions, and it was used by two Brazilian players to dominate the action.…

  17. Kenneth Faried talks changes in Denver, first round playoff exit at adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    TREVISO, Italy — Kenneth Faried was in attendance for Day 2 of adidas Eurocamp, and was used by veteran head coach and current Timberwolves executive Flip Saunders to demonstrate proper post techniques to the camp’s international players. Faried suffered an ankle injury near the end of the regular season that wasn’t severe enough to keep…

  18. Complete BAM testing results and measurements for all players at 2013 adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 9, 2013, 6:51 PM EST

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    TREVISO, Italy — It’s important to the people in charge of the adidas Eurocamp operation to provide as legitimate a platform as possible for NBA teams to evaluate international draft prospects. That’s why both the way they measure players and the testing that they put them through in Treviso are not just similar to those done…

  19. Serge Ibaka says he ‘knows nothing about’ whether or not Kevin Martin will be back with the Thunder next season

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:24 AM EST

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — A rumor surfaced recently that the decision of whether or not Kevin Martin would be back with the Thunder had already been made by either the team or the player, and it originated from something that Serge Ibaka said during an interview with a foreign media outlet. Martin replaced James Harden as…

  20. Lucas Nogueira says he’s flexible on developing his skill set either in Europe or in the NBA

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — Lucas Nogueira performed well during the first day of adidas Eurocamp, and perhaps even a bit better than expected. The competition level is always to be taken into account, but he showed a maturity on the floor and a controlled athleticism that made it easy to see why he’s projected as a…

  21. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 1 recap

    Jun 8, 2013, 5:08 PM EST

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 1

    TREVISO, Italy — Lucas Nogueira was the player most eyes were focused on during the first day of adidas Eurocamp, not only because of his seven-foot frame, but also because he is the only international prospect in attendance who is projected to be taken late in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft. Nogueira…

  22. Sarunas Marciulionis teaches guard play at adidas Eurocamp (VIDEO)

    Jun 8, 2013, 8:55 AM EST

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    TREVISO, Italy — Sarunas Marciulionis played seven seasons in the NBA, most notably from 1989-1993 as a member of the Golden State Warriors. He finished as a runner-up for the Sixth Man of the Year award in 1992 after his best season in the league, one in which he averaged 18.9 points on just 12.7…

  23. Mark Cuban is funding a study on flopping

    Jun 7, 2013, 1:39 PM EST

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    The league’s anti-flopping policy that was put into place this season hasn’t exactly done a whole lot to curb the embarrassing effort of some players to exaggerate or invent contact to try to garner a favorable (if incorrect) foul call from the officials. David Stern said as much in addressing the media before the start…

  24. NBA Finals Game 1 Micro-Movie (VIDEO)

    Jun 7, 2013, 12:41 PM EST

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    One of the many great things about the Finals is the folks at the NBA working hard to put together these micro-movies after each and every game. This one begins with footage of the first championship-level meeting between Tim Duncan and LeBron James back in 2007 to set the stage, and continues with highlights, sound…

  25. LeBron, Wade say fatigue was a factor in Game 1 loss to Spurs

    Jun 7, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

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    The Heat had to play seven hard-fought games against the Pacers to reach the championship round. The Spurs, meanwhile, had 10 days to rest after taking care of the Grizzlies in just four games in the Western Conference Finals. After a rough fourth quarter for Miami led to San Antonio taking Game 1 on the…

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