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  1. LeBron meets the media before Game 7 (VIDEO)

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — LeBron James was much more relaxed than usual when meeting with reporters about an hour before tip-off of Game 7. It might be the excitement (and the admitted lack of sleep) taking its toll, or it could simply be the calm before delivering a personal championship-winning storm. Decide for yourself by checking out…

  2. Game 7 between the Heat and the Spurs: Seven things to watch

    Jun 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James looks at a replay as he walks up court with Spurs' Duncan during the fourth quarter in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat and the Spurs have engaged in an epic Finals battle which will crown one of them as champions by the time Thursday night is through. In a series where neither team has been able to string together two consecutive victories, it’s even more impossible than usual to predict how one game…

  3. Chris Bosh to fans who left Game 6 early: ‘Don’t come back for Game 7′

    Jun 19, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — The Spurs held a five-point lead with a little more than 28 seconds remaining in Game 6, before the Heat mounted a furious comeback to send it into overtime and ultimately force a seventh game. As things looked particularly dire, with San Antonio on a 10-2 run and seemingly on their way to…

  4. Popovich explains decision to sit Duncan late in regulation of Game 6

    Jun 19, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Duncan during the third quarter of play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    MIAMI — Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was the recipient of some rare criticism following his team’s collapse in the final moments of regulation in Game 6, and it surrounded his decision to bench Tim Duncan during some key defensive possessions. The end result, twice with under 30 seconds to play, was the Heat getting…

  5. Breaking down the Heat’s Game 6 comeback over Spurs

    Jun 19, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — For all intents and purposes, the game was over. Except that it wasn’t. The Heat trailed Game 6 of the Finals by five with under 30 seconds to play, and fans in Miami began streaming for the exits. Arena staffers in yellow shirts lined the baselines and the court across from the team…

  6. ‘Devastated’ Manu Ginobili says he has no clue how Spurs will re-energize for Game 7

    Jun 19, 2013, 3:29 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — After suffering a brutal Game 6 loss that the Spurs had every reason to believe would turn out in their favor, one of the team’s key veterans wasn’t exactly optimistic that they’ll find a way to bounce back emotionally in time for Thursday’s Game 7. Manu Ginobili was the Game 5 hero for…

  7. Heat force a Finals Game 7 with thrilling overtime win over Spurs

    Jun 19, 2013, 1:53 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — The Spurs were on the brink of winning a championship. With 28 seconds remaining in the fourth, they held a five-point lead, were on a 10-2 run over the last four minutes, and fans were heading for the exits while arena staffers lined the court to rope off the crowd in preparation for…

  8. Spurs lead Heat 50-44 at halftime of Game 6

    Jun 18, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan passes off as he is guarded by Miami Heat's Wade and Bosh during the first quarter in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Spurs lead the Heat 50-44 at halftime of Game 6 of the Finals, and if Miami is to prevent a championship celebration tonight on its home floor, they must find an answer from what is developing into an all-time great performance from Tim Duncan. Duncan has been unstoppable thus far, and has…

  9. LeBron would like to see Mike Miller more involved for Heat in Game 6

    Jun 18, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Miller celebrate after a basket against the Spurs during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that a lineup change might be possible in advance of Game 6, but wasn’t going to reveal it until absolutely necessary. “I’ll turn in my card at 45 minutes,” he said. There was no lineup change to be found when the time came, however, as three-point specialist…

  10. The time Phil Jackson asked then GM Jerry West to leave the Lakers locker room

    Jun 17, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Phil Jackson is unquestionably one of the greatest coaches of all time, but he didn’t get there by placating people or considering the feelings of others — especially those with seniority or who were holding down a higher-level position within the organization. Speaking at an event last week where Jackson was plugging his latest book,…

  11. Jazz unveil plans for new HD scoreboard at EnergySolutions Arena

    Jun 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    The Utah Jazz are updating their scoreboard that will sit high above center court at EnergySolutions Arena, and as you might imagine, the team is pretty excited about it. From the official release: “Miller Sports Properties today announced plans for a new center court high definition video display system that is seven times larger than its predecessor,…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki says NBA will never be able to get rid of flopping

    Jun 17, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The subject of players selling contact to officials, or even downright faking it in hopes of duping a referee into blowing a favorable whistle has become a hotter topic than ever this season, thanks to a new anti-flopping policy enacted which was designed to clean this mess up. It hasn’t had the desired effect, however,…

  13. Heat must accomplish something they haven’t been able to in a month if they want to repeat as champions

    Jun 17, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — After falling to the Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, the Miami Heat find themselves in a most uncomfortable position. In order to win the championship that they were heavily favored to at the outset of the postseason, they’ll need to accomplish something that they haven’t been able…

  14. Danny Green’s shot chart from three-point distance in the Finals is as ridiculous as you’d expect

    Jun 17, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    SAN ANTONIO — Danny Green has been on a record-breaking tear with his three-point shooting through the first five games of the Finals, and he’s been a key reason the Spurs are taking a three games to two series lead back to Miami with two chances to close the Heat out. It isn’t just the…

  15. Duncan, Parker upset at criticism Ginobili received before his breakout Game 5 performance

    Jun 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    SPO-BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs are a family now, with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and head coach Gregg Popovich having been together since the 2003 season. Family protects its own, which explains why Duncan and Parker weren’t at all happy with the level of criticism that Ginobili had been receiving through the first…

  16. Danny Green sets NBA Finals record for three-pointers made in a series (VIDEO)

    Jun 17, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    SAN ANTONIO — Coming into Game 5, Ray Allen held the all-time record for three-pointers made in an NBA Finals series with the 22 he hit back in 2008 on the way to a championship as a member of the Boston Celtics. It was only fitting, then, that the shot made by Danny Green in…

  17. Spurs take 3-2 Finals lead with Game 5 win over Heat

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili had been largely missing in action for the Spurs through the first four games of the Finals, and in a series as close as this one in terms of overall talent possessed by each team, San Antonio couldn’t afford to be without what has consistently been its most dangerous weapon…

  18. Spurs lead Heat 61-52 at halftime of Finals Game 5

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    SAN ANTONIO — We’ve got another good one here in San Antonio, where the Spurs came out with aggression and were able to contain a late run from the heat to take a 61-52 lead into halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs made a change to their starting lineup in this…

  19. Tim Duncan throws it down over Mario Chalmers (VIDEO)

    Jun 16, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan dunks over Heat's Chalmers during the first quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — It’s been all Spurs early, with everyone getting into the action as they lead by 13 points at the end of the first quarter. This was Tim Duncan‘s contribution, a monster throw-down after slipping his defender and skying over the late-arriving Mario Chalmers. [Video via SI.com]

  20. Manu Ginobili to start for Spurs in Game 5

    Jun 16, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Spurs Basketball

    SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich said at shootaround Sunday morning that a change to the starting lineup was possible, and when asked again during his pregame media availability at the AT&T Center about 90 minutes before tip-off, his one-word answer was “maybe.” It turns out, he was giving us a bit of a heads up.…

  21. LeBron James meets the media before Game 5 of the Finals (VIDEO)

    Jun 16, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James spoke with reporters in the cramped visitors’ locker room of the AT&T Center about an hour before tip-off of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. With two days between games and plenty of media availability in between, there wasn’t a whole lot left to talk about — which explains why…

  22. With Finals tied 2-2, a historical look at Game 5 results

    Jun 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    As we prepare for Sunday night’s critical Game 5 between the Heat in the Spurs, it’s worth taking a look back through history to see how things have gone down in similar situations. John Schuhmann of NBA.com gives us the goods. Game 5 results with Finals tied 2-2, since 1985 (winner in CAPS) Year Away…

  23. Lakers unlikely to sign and trade Dwight Howard to the Clippers, Rockets, or anyone else

    Jun 16, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    When the reports started flying of a possible deal that would net the Clippers Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers from the Celtics, Dwight Howard‘s name got thrown in the mix at some point as someone that L.A.’s historically junior team would then like to pursue. Talks have stalled between the Celtics and Clippers…

  24. LeBron is even more confident now, and that could mean serious trouble for the Spurs

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — Before LeBron James went out and put together a high-scoring, aggressive performance that helped his team to a Game 4 win over the Spurs, he guaranteed he’d play better than he did the previous game, and did so in a way that made it sound like his bounce-back effort was a foregone…

  25. Tim Duncan calls Game 5 a ‘must-win’ for the Spurs

    Jun 15, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan shoots during practice for their NBA Finals basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — With the Finals deadlocked at two games apiece, and with the scene shifting to Miami for what will be the deciding games of the series, Tim Duncan wasn’t afraid to put Sunday’s critical Game 5 in its proper context. “It is a must‑win,” Duncan said after practice on Saturday. “We don’t want…

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