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  1. Manu Ginobili drives and dunks (video)

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    Manu Ginobili – 35 years old, mind you – pump fakes, gets Dwyane Wade in the air and drives straight to the rim for a dunk. This was Ginobili’s fourth dunk of the playoffs, and I certainly would have guessed that total would be lower. This was nearly Ginobili’s first unassisted dunk since Game 4…

  2. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Hootie late to Game 3

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Spurs' Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Just 44 minutes before Game of the NBA Finals, a report emerged Tony Parker and Tim Duncan had missed warmups because they were stuck in traffic. BREAKING: Tony Parker, Tim Duncan miss warmups because they're stuck in traffic. #DriveforFive — KSAT Newsroom (@ksatnews) June 12, 2013 But they arrived in time for tipoff: Spurs…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA Live ’14.

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like I love Top Chef… • Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA…

  4. Chris Bosh promises to lay off three pointers vs. Spurs

    Jun 11, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    In Game 1, Chris Bosh was 0-for-3 from three-point range (including a key miss late) but 5-of-8 from the midrange. Lesson learned. In Game 2 Bosh didn’t take a three and was 3-of-6 from the midrange — he had a far more effective and efficient game. In Game 3 Tuesday night, don’t expect to see…

  5. Gregg Popovich: American players don’t work as hard as foreign players

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    I always figured the Spurs’ large contingent of international players – Tim Duncan (U.S. Islands), Tony Parker (France), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Cory Joseph (Canada), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia) and Aron Baynes (Australia) – was the product of three main reasons. 1. Scouting. San Antonio does an…

  6. Report: Nuggets, 76ers considering Denver assistant Melvin Hunt

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Melvin Hunt

    Even the Nuggets brass would probably admit Denver was well-coached last season. After all, the Nuggets won 57 games, and George Karl won Coach of the Year. Karl’s problem was his ability to follow directions, and that’s why he was fired. So, it might actually make sense for the Nuggets to promote an assistant coach…

  7. Sacramento Kings were third team fined for tampering

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    Michael Malone

    We told you the other day the Hawks and Rockets had been fined by the NBA for tampering — teams cannot officially talk free agents they might have interest in until July 1 when those players are actually free agents. You may want to talk to Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, but you can’t officially…

  8. Report: Kidd “strong frontrunner” for Nets job; Stan Van Gundy not sold on move

    Jun 11, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    When it was first floated that Jason Kidd could step right off the floor into the role of head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, there was a whole lot of “are you sure about that?” Stan Van Gundy still feels that way (we’ll get to that later). But the Nets are apparently getting very serious…

  9. Shaq, Kobe take on 2-year-old in shooting contest (VIDEO)

    Jun 11, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    To capitalize on the audience watching the NBA Finals, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel has wisely been doing a bunch of NBA-related comedy skits on his show recently. Like having NBA players read hateful tweets they have gotten. And having Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal take on a 2-year-old boy in a shooting contest. That is Titus…

  10. Report: Patrick Ewing takes lead assistant role with Bobcats

    Jun 11, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Patrick Ewing has been waiting a long time for a shot at a head coaching job, but it hasn’t happened yet. So now he has decided to take the lead assistant job with the Charlotte Bobcats under just hired Steve Clifford, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has reached…

  11. Dr. J can still dunk a baksetball at age 63 (VIDEO)

    Jun 11, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Julius Erving slam dunk

    Can you imagine if a 63-year-old guy dunked on you in a game of pickup? If you haven’t seen the fantastic NBA TV documentary on Julius Erving, “The Doctor,” you should. Find another showing. It is a great look at the player and his impact on the game, on Philadelphia, and it’s a great look at…

  12. Nerlens Noel to meet with Washington Wizards next weekend

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson

    Could Nerlens Noel slip all the way down to the No. 3 spot in this draft? Not likely. But with an unpredictable draft the Wizard are going to do their due diligence and meet with the injured Kentucky big man this weekend, reports Michael Lee at the Washington Post. The Wizards have the third selection…

  13. PBT Extra: Do Heat or Spurs have the momentum heading into Game 3?

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:04 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

    Kay Adams hit me with just one question: Who has the momentum heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night, the Heat or the Spurs? But there is no simple answer. We saw the Heat dominate the end of Game 2, but they have not been able to sustain that level of play…

  14. Shane Battier has one more year on contract then may retire

    Jun 11, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Heat Basketball

    At age 34, Shane Battier has had a good NBA career — 12 seasons, one NBA championship (at least), he was the college player of the year, and he’s made a little more than $53 million. He has one more year left on his contract and he told Sam Amick of the USA Today that…

  15. Heat vs. Spurs NBA Finals Game 3 preview: Was Heat’s run an aberration?

    Jun 11, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Miami Heat just have another gear that no NBA team can match. The kind of gear that puts on a 33-5 run against a very good Spurs team in the NBA Finals. But they have played these playoffs more like a Top Fuel dragster — they can’t sustain that level of play for an…

  16. Jeremy Pargo signs to play with CSKA Moscow next season

    Jun 11, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo

    Jeremy Pargo, the reserve point guard who bounced between the Cavaliers (where he started 11 games) and the Philadelphia 76ers, is going to play next season in Europe. Pargo has signed a two-year, $5.2 million deal with CSKA Moscow, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This is a smart move that gets him paid. Pargo…

  17. Report: Clippers interview Shaw; now Scott, McMillan, Hollins on deck

    Jun 11, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw, George Hill

    Sounds like Brian Shaw’s interview with the Clippers Monday went well. That makes some sense — he’s ready to be a head coach, and for a franchise always looking to steal some Lakers thunder taking the coach the players and fans wanted to replace Phil Jackson is a nice jab at the guys down the…

  18. League approves on-court ads for area in front of team benches

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While a few owners are adamantly for it, the idea of ads on an NBA uniform — even smaller ones — has not been able to gain traction with a majority of them (it’s not happening next season, at least). But don’t think that means owners aren’t looking for more ways to get advertising in…

  19. Report: Rivers hesitating to return because he fears full-scale rebuild

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks on in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York

    Is Doc Rivers is hesitating to return to the Celtics because he’s waiting to see what happens to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett? Yes, suggests A. Sherrod Blakely of A league source told on Monday that Rivers’ decision on whether he will return will not be based solely on whether Paul Pierce and/or…

  20. Rick Adelman expected to return to Timberwolves

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman, Mary Kay Adelman

    This is good news for the Timberwolves. It might be better news for the Adelmans. The Timberwolves are expecting Rick Adelman to return next season as coach, reports Scott Howard-Cooper of Every indication points to Rick Adelman returning as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, president Flip Saunders said, apparently resolving one of the many…

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