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  1. Nuggets reportedly parted ways with George Karl because he wasn’t listening to management

    Jun 7, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

    George Karl

    When the Nuggets informed George Karl that they would be parting ways with the tenured head coach on Thursday, it was definitely surprising, but it wasn’t necessarily a complete shock. Karl earned the Coach of the Year award for guiding Denver to 57 regular season wins and the best home record in the league, but…

  2. Highlights from Heat, Spurs postgame press conferences (VIDEO)

    Jun 7, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Game 1 of the NBA Finals was about as fun a finals game as we have seen in a while — up tempo, good ball movement and smart basketball for the most part. Plus Tony Parker put on a show. After the game the Spurs sounded like the veterans they are, the Heat were focused…

  3. LeBron James to be on the cover of NBA 2K14

    Jun 7, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    2K Sports has tried to sell more video games the past couple years by putting Michael Jordan on the cover and some legendary players of the NBA in the game. Now they are returning to today’s biggest star. LeBron James will be on the cover of the new NBA 2K14 when it comes out this…

  4. NBA considering NHL-style off-site replay review system

    Jun 7, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    NBA Instant replay review referee

    When there is a questionable goal in a Tuesday night NHL game between the Kings and Rangers, the referees do not skate over near the penalty box, stare at a monitor and try to figure out what happened. All NHL replays are reviewed and the call is made out of the league office in a…

  5. With no Hibbert Miami attacked rim, they just didn’t finish

    Jun 7, 2013, 4:10 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Miami players had to have eyes as big as saucers. They would get the ball looking to drive the lane in Game 1 of the NBA Final — and there was no 7’2” wall of Roy Hibbert there to greet them like last round. It had to feel like an empty expressway to the rim.…

  6. Tim Duncan steady as ever

    Jun 7, 2013, 3:37 AM EDT

    Spurs'  Duncan and Heat's Battier battle for the ball during Game 1 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Tim Duncan caught a pass with deep position in the paint and Mike Miller guarding him, and Duncan immediately attempted a hook shot and missed. Duncan turned his head to the right as if were making the first move in shaking it in frustration, and he’d certainly be justified. That was Duncan’s fifth miss in…

  7. Tony Parker not the NBA’s best point guard, but a darn good one in the NBA Finals

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:47 AM EDT

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    When Tony Parker won NBA Finals MVP in 2007, it caught many off guard. Tim Duncan won Finals MVP for the Spurs’ first three titles, and he was still an All-NBA first-team player during the 2006-07 regular season. A major of ESPN writers surveyed before Game 4 of San Antonio’s sweep over the Cavaliers chose…

  8. Players (and some celebrities) react to Tony Parker’s came clincher

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

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    LeBron James put it this way, “Tony did everything wrong and did everything right in the same possession.” Tony Parker‘s up-and-under leaner with :05 left in the game was the dagger and the defining moment of Game 1. And it drew a lot of reaction on twitter, including from people who know Parker well. Very…

  9. Veteran Spurs play smart, cool in fourth quarter, beat Heat 92-88 in Game 1

    Jun 7, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan, Parker, Green celebrate after the Spurs defeated the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    First things first: This was fun. Game 1 of the NBA Finals was up-tempo, well played basketball (for the most part) by both teams. After the grind-it-out conference finals, I’ll take six more games like this one, please. But if you’re a Heat fan you might be a little worried — the Spurs just beat…

  10. LeBron’s heroic end spoiled by standard (for him) start and Tony Parker

    Jun 7, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    LeBron James looked loose during his post-game news conference – smiling as he described the Spurs’ final play as “the longest 24 seconds that I’ve been a part of,” repeatedly asking reporters how the box score could give the Spurs 21 second-chance points on six offensive rebounds, admitting the third quarter had taken so much…

  11. Tony Parker nearly loses ball, drops to his knees, makes game-clinching jumper (video)

    Jun 6, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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    Down to possibly their last possession of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Spurs put the ball in Tony Parker’s hands with a two-point lead. Parker began the possession with LeBron James guarding him, but on a switch, Parker got a much more favorable matchup with Mike Miler. Parker couldn’t (or wouldn’t if he…

  12. LeBron James gets triple-double in Game 1 of NBA Finals

    Jun 6, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    LeBron James entered the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals one assist shy of a triple-double, and he got it about five minutes into the period. LeBron – who now has 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in this game – now has the last three triple-doubles in the NBA Finals,…

  13. Tim Duncan beats halftime buzzer with jumper (video)

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Tony Parker drove for a layup with 30 seconds left in the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, bringing the Spurs within three of Miami and as close as they’d been since early in the second quarter. But Dwyane Wade answered with a basket. Determined to keep his team close, Tim Duncan…

  14. LeBron James, Tim Duncan near double-doubles at halftime of Game 1 of NBA Finals

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Tim Duncan overcame an 0-for-5 start and two early fouls to help the Spurs stay close, but too much LeBron James and too much outside shooting from Miami’s role players has the Heat up 52-49 over San Antonio at halftime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Duncan has 12 points, including a mid-range jumper…

  15. NBA Finals Game 1: Spurs win fourth quarter, win game 92-88

    Jun 6, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Miami was up by three points heading into the fourth quarter but the Spurs were the better team when it mattered — San Antonio had zero turnovers in the quarter, Miami had 5. The Heat shot just 27.8 percent in the fourth quarter and Chris Bosh was 1-of-5 from the floor. Combine that with great…

  16. Maurice Cheeks ‘frontrunner’ for Pistons job

    Jun 6, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The Pistons, the team with the longest-held head-coaching vacancy, might finally make their hire. It’s been long assumed they’d narrowed their choices to Nate McMillan and Maurice Cheeks, and it seems Cheeks now has the edge. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become…

  17. David Stern admits small flopping fines didn’t work, penalties may increase

    Jun 6, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    David Stern was selling it as a first step. This season the NBA started publicly warning and making small fines against players who had the most egregious flops — it started with a warning then the fines started at $5,000 and went up with subsequent offenses. In the playoffs, all that changed was the warnings…

  18. Report: If Hollins out in Memphis, Karl, Joerger, Gentry on list

    Jun 6, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    Officially, Lionel Hollins is still the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Those talks are dormant, but not dead. But in case they are dead the Grizzlies are putting together a list, reports the Commercial Appeal. Just fired coach George Karl is on it, as is Alvin Gentry (most recently of the Suns). However, the leader…

  19. Ginobili says he thinks he will be back with the Spurs next season, but he’s not sure

    Jun 6, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili is a free agent this summer. It’s been assumed by many he would return to the Spurs for a 12th season, and that is likely the outcome. However, at what will be age 36, after having battled injuries the past few seasons, with his game clearly slipping some, might he hang it up…

  20. High demand for the good seats at NBA Finals in Miami

    Jun 6, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you were willing to sit in the Bob Uecker seats, the nosebleed ones at the top of the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Monday you could have gotten tickets for face value. They didn’t instantly sell out. As of Thursday afternoon, StubHub had tickets for the game for $159 if you didn’t mind sitting way…

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