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  1. Popovich says at shootaround no lineup changes… probably

    Jun 16, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — In Game 4, the Heat went small starting Mike Miller instead of Udonis Haslem, and it took Gregg Popovich all of 47 seconds to adjust, pulling Tiago Splitter for Gary Neal. Then in the second half Boris Diaw started, a guy who because of his size and style of play lets the…

  2. 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…

  3. Jason Terry says knee pain forced him to be cautious this season

    Jun 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    The Jason Terry that the Boston Celtics got last season was not the one they thought they had signed. He shot basically the same percentages as he had the season before (43.4 percent overall, 37.2 percent from three) but he shot a lot less, five fewer times per game than he did in Dallas (and…

  4. 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…

  5. NBA Finals Game 5 Heat vs. Spurs preview: Which Heat team shows up?

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — Which Miami Heat team will be on the bus to the AT&T Center for Sunday night’s key Game 5? We know what names will be there — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, etc. — but the Heat have looked like a different team game to game in this series (and the…

  6. Is Game 5 a must-win for the Spurs or Heat?

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    No. Either team could lose Game 5 and then win Game 6 and Game 7 to win the title.

  7. Nerlens Noel meets with Wizards and talks draft, hair style

    Jun 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Nerlens Noel

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to Nerlens Noel, the simplest pre-NBA draft storylines involve the following: the distinctive hair, his injured knee and – based on planned team meetings – whether the University of Kentucky center will be selected one, two or three. Noel’s high-fade flattop, inspired by Will Smith’s iconic 1990’s look, won’t influence…

  8. Russell Westbrook wants you to know he’s back, crutches are gone

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook is working his way back from the ACL injury that ended his playoffs (and ended Oklahoma City’s as well). He went to Vine to show everyone he’s off crutches — not that he can snap them in half over his knee. Nor should he. Not exactly good for the other knee. Westbrook is…

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

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-PRACTICE-HEAT

    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…

  10. Report: Clippers, Celtics talks to send Garnett, Rivers to L.A. stalled

    Jun 15, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett and head coach Rivers react to a foul called on Garnett in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.

    UPDATE 8:18 pm: The talks have apparently stalled out. Which shouldn’t be shocking. But things are stalled out, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports as well as others. The Celtics want DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and two first round picks for Kevin Garnett and the right to talk to and sign Doc Rivers. The Clippers reportedly…

  11. Heat think they can finally win two games in a row

    Jun 15, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Heat's James hugs teammate Wade after the Heat defeated the Spurs in Game 4 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — The last time Miami won two games in a row in a series it was mid-May against the Bulls. They traded wins with the Pacers but that was good enough to get to the NBA Finals, where through four games they have traded wins with the Spurs. After each win the Heat…

  12. 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…

  13. Report: Kings snag Denver’s D’Alessandro to be new GM

    Jun 15, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    pete D'alessandro

    Since being bounced in the first round, the Denver Nuggets have lost their coach George Karl, their GM Masai Ujiri to Toronto, and their biggest name player Andre Iguodala has opted out of his contract to test free agency. And now they have lost their assistant GM. Denver had wanted their No. 2 man behind…

  14. Tony Parker says his strained hamstring ‘can tear at anytime’ in advance of Game 5

    Jun 15, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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

    SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker said that he was feeling no additional pain in his strained hamstring the day after his Spurs suffered a Game 4 loss, but that doesn’t mean that he’s entirely healed. After practice on Saturday at the AT&T Center, Parker gave us an idea of just how tenuous the situation is.…

  15. Jason Kidd to begin coaching career with Nets at Orlando’s Summer League

    Jun 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball star Kidd speaks at a news conference to announce him as the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team in Brooklyn

    The hiring of Jason Kidd to be the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets raised some eyebrows around the league, mainly due to his complete lack of coaching experience at any level in the past. LeBron James wasn’t concerned that it would be an issue, citing the success of Mark Jackson with the Warriors…

  16. Some buzz growing around Garnett, Pierce, Rivers to Clippers. But it’s a long shot.

    Jun 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    Last trade deadline it was Vinny Del Negro who was trying to push a trade for Kevin Garnett, bringing the veteran to Los Angeles to stabilize the Clippers defense. But Clippers management wanted no part of the deal — they didn’t want to move DeAndre Jordan — and that was part of the tension in…

  17. Danilo Gallinari may return sooner than expected

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    There hasn’t been a lot of great news out of Denver lately as far as the Nuggets are concerned. They fired head coach George Karl. They lost GM Masai Ujiri to the Toronto Raptors. One of their best players in Andre Iguodala is opting out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted…

  18. Gregg Popovich, Erik Spoelstra critical of high turnover rate among NBA head coaches

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra

    SAN ANTONIO — The lack of job security for head coaches in the NBA has seemed to reach an all-time high level of silliness this year, and the two who are still playing for a championship believe that the consistency shown by their respective organizations is a big reason why they’re still competing at the…

  19. Heat seek to take unprecedented lead over Spurs in Finals

    Jun 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Spurs head coach Popovich directs his team against the Grizzlies during the fourth quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    The San Antonio Spurs have never trailed in an NBA Finals series. With the Finals tied, the Spurs are 10-0 and have won by an average of 11.1 points per game. Not the New York Knicks in 1999, New Jersey Nets in 2003, Detroit Pistons in 2005, Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007 or Miami Heat this…

  20. Lakers trainer hints Steve Nash should be on minutes cap next season

    Jun 14, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Well, it seemed obvious to the rest of us, too. Steve Nash, at age 39 with a chronically bad back and coming off a broken fibula, didn’t exactly get to take it easy this season. His minutes per game increased to 32.5, up from the season before in Phoenix. When the Lakers were making their…

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