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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Jun 6, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-GAME 1

    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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Nets want Brian Shaw so badly, they won’t pursue George Karl

    Jun 6, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    George Karl’s firing has certainly changed the coaching landscape, but not for one team. The Nets remain steadfast in their pursuit of Brian Shaw, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: As Brooklyn's coaching search remains focused on Indiana assistant Brian Shaw, the Nets will not pursue George Karl, league sources tell Y! — Adrian…

  14. Nuggets ownership takes big risk in changing management, maybe team direction

    Jun 6, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Colorado Avalanche Introduce Patrick Roy

    The Denver Nuggets were a 57-win team, the three seed in the West (that might well have done better in the playoffs if healthy). This was a roster  overhauled from the Allen Iverson/Carmelo Anthony days into an exciting, fast-paced team that runs the floor and attacks the rim. They were the up-and-coming team on everybody’s…

  15. Dario Saric ‘leaning toward’ withdrawing from 2013 NBA draft

    Jun 6, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dario Saric

    What many see as a historically weak draft – I don’t, but I acknowledge I’m in the minority – might get a little weaker. Chad Ford of ESPN: Croatian forward Dario Saric is leaning toward withdrawing from the 2013 NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.com. Saric has until June 17 to make a final decision.…

  16. Who would be on the Sixers Mount Rushmore?

    Jun 6, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    If you’ve been reading ProFootballTalk this offseason, they have been putting together the Mount Rushmore for each franchise — the four faces that shaped that team more than any others through history. What faces would make that list if you did it for the Philadelphia 76ers? Dei Lynam and Rhea Hughes of Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia…

  17. Karl being out in Denver shakes up coaching hire carousel

    Jun 6, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    18th Annual ESPY Awards - Show

    Of the 16 teams that made the NBA playoffs, it appears six of them will be changing coaches this season. That includes one of the final four (Memphis, unless there is a change of heart and they re-sign Hollins). If Memphis does make a change, that will be 11 teams total making a move, tying…

  18. Denver Nuggets part ways with coach George Karl

    Jun 6, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl directs his team against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Last season the Denver Nuggets were everybody’s darlings — 57 wins, a revamped and good young roster, an entertaining team built on the foundation of the Carmelo Anthony trade pieces, a team cut short by injuries in the playoffs but with a bright future ahead. Now all the architects of that are gone. First GM…

  19. LeBron calls Duncan “most consistent, most dominant” player of last 15 years

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    When you talk about the greatest player of his generation, the voting public pretty much always chooses Kobe Bryant over Tim Duncan. LeBron James doesn’t really see it that way. During his media session on Wednesday LeBron said Duncan has to be considered on top of that list. “Probably one of the best players to…

  20. Another report talks “dormant” between Hollins, Grizzlies

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    The Memphis Grizzlies had players in for draft workouts on Wednesday and Lionel Hollins was there, part of the evaluation team. He’s also said on multiple occasions he wants to work things out so he can return to coach the Grizzlies next season. But right now those talks appear stalled. At best. Here is another…

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