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  1. LeBron blocks Tiago Splitter’s dunk (video)

    Jun 9, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Tiago Splitter set a screen for Tony Parker in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and Splitter rolled to the rim wide open. The only question was whether Parker could find an angle to make the pass, but he did and Splitter rose to dunk. Enter LeBron James. You won’t see…

  2. NBA Finals Game 2: Heat even series with 103-84 win

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

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

    This was a close game for most of three quarters — then the Heat went on one of their runs. It was 62-61 Spurs with 3:50 left in the third quarter and the Heat went on a 34-5 run that just blew the game wide open. The final score was 103-84 and the final five…

  3. Heat attacking inside leads Spurs three-point barrage 50-45 at halftime

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:19 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    MIAMI — This continues to be a very entertaining NBA Finals to watch — but it’s not because of the Heat are getting to make spectacular dunks on the fast break like they want. San Antonio has done a fantastic job all series of getting back on defense and taking away the easy transition buckets…

  4. Chauncey Billups wins inaugural NBA Teammate of the Year award

    Jun 9, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    Whether he was in uniform or in a suit on the sidelines as he recovered from a torn Achilles, a lot of Clippers players would turn to Chauncey Billups for advice. How to deal with certain defenses, how to cover particular players, whatever it was he was like another assistant coach for the team. So…

  5. Complete BAM testing results and measurements for all players at 2013 adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 9, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    BAM testing

    TREVISO, Italy — It’s important to the people in charge of the adidas Eurocamp operation to provide as legitimate a platform as possible for NBA teams to evaluate international draft prospects. That’s why both the way they measure players and the testing that they put them through in Treviso are not just similar to those done…

  6. Report: Jason Kidd lobbying to get Nets coaching job

    Jun 9, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    File of Mavericks guard Kidd watching from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd is a smart player, a guy very respected in the locker room, but is he really ready to step directly into a coach’s seat? He wants to — Kidd wants to be the Brooklyn Nets head coach next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Freshly retired NBA star Jason Kidd is pursuing…

  7. Report: Nuggets get permission to talk to Shaw, Hollins

    Jun 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    This is another case, like Sacramento, where there seems to be a push to hire a coach before a general manager. That said, there seems to be momentum to promote Pete D’Alessandro up to the Nuggets GM position, although he also is going to speak to the Kings about their open GM position, reports Sam…

  8. Report: Bobcats want to trade for No. 4 pick for Chris Bosh

    Jun 9, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Miami Heat player Chris Bosh speaks to the media before a team practice ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami

    This is just not going to happen. It’s not. The Cavaliers are struggling to trade the No. 1 pick for anything decent but the Heat would move Chris Bosh for the No. 4 pick in a down draft? No. Not happening. However, there is a report from Gary Washburn at the Boston Globe that the…

  9. Even Jeopardy is mocking Dwight Howard’s free throws

    Jun 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    When Alex Trebek is mocking you, you know it’s bad. Of course, you know Dwight Howard just thought this was funny and laughed about it. For those of you studying for the SAT, you can thank Deadspin for finding this and teaching you a word you need to know.

  10. C.J. Watson to opt out, become unrestricted free agent

    Jun 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    C.J. Watson

    Who needs a solid backup point guard? C.J. Watson, who played for the Nets last season and is a six-year NBA veteran, is going to opt out and become a free agent this summer, reports Peter Vecsey. This is not a real surprise, he was set to make $1.1 million next season and likely can…

  11. Serge Ibaka says he ‘knows nothing about’ whether or not Kevin Martin will be back with the Thunder next season

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — A rumor surfaced recently that the decision of whether or not Kevin Martin would be back with the Thunder had already been made by either the team or the player, and it originated from something that Serge Ibaka said during an interview with a foreign media outlet. Martin replaced James Harden as…

  12. Joey Crawford is one of your referees for Game 2

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Joey Crawford

    Well, this could get interesting. Joey Crawford, Ed Malloy and Ken Mauer are your referees for Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night. Spurs fans just freaked out a little. They shouldn’t, but they are. I get why they are not happy — Crawford is the referee who threw Tim Duncan out of a…

  13. Lucas Nogueira says he’s flexible on developing his skill set either in Europe or in the NBA

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — Lucas Nogueira performed well during the first day of adidas Eurocamp, and perhaps even a bit better than expected. The competition level is always to be taken into account, but he showed a maturity on the floor and a controlled athleticism that made it easy to see why he’s projected as a…

  14. NBA Finals Spurs vs. Heat Game 2 preview: The return of the aggressive Heat

    Jun 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    MIAMI — The Spurs know what’s coming. Talking to them Saturday after practice they fully expect the Heat to come out much more aggressive, particularly on defense — Miami will trap, jump passing lanes and try to turn the Spurs over. In Game 1 the Heat respected Tony Parker and didn’t try to trap him…

  15. Kobe Bryant hints he will play beyond next season

    Jun 9, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Lakers guard Bryant jogs onto the floor prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    Kobe Bryant certainly hinted more than once he might hang it up after next season. However did you really think a guy that competitive would walk away? Now his Achilles tendon injury oddly makes it more likely he will return. Kobe does not want his final image on the court to be him slowed because…

  16. Report: Sixers interested in Fizdale, Hunt, Joerger as coach

    Jun 8, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Bulls Heat Basketball

    Brand new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie knows he has a rebuilding project on his hands, and he apparently wants a young coach to be part of that. It may well be after the draft before a coach is named for the Sixers, but the list that is starting to surface are all assistants looking to…

  17. LeBron to those saying he needs to do more: “I’ve done more and lost”

    Jun 8, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT


    MIAMI — LeBron James learned his lesson in Cleveland — he could not win on his own. Nobody can. You need teammates worth trusting and to give them the rock. Now just because the Heat are down 0-1 to the Spurs and he went scoreless for a six-minute stretch in the fourth quarter, he’s not…

  18. Jason Collins marched in Boston Pride Parade Saturday

    Jun 8, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    NBA player Jason Collins marches in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston

    When NBA center Jason Collins came out as gay, he said it was sparked in part because a year ago a friend of his had marched in the Boston Pride Parade and Collins was jealous of his friend. He wanted to be true to himself. Saturday Collins got to fulfill his wish — he marched…

  19. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 1 recap

    Jun 8, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 1

    TREVISO, Italy — Lucas Nogueira was the player most eyes were focused on during the first day of adidas Eurocamp, not only because of his seven-foot frame, but also because he is the only international prospect in attendance who is projected to be taken late in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft. Nogueira…

  20. Matt Bonner is quietly getting a lot of “Go Gators” around Miami

    Jun 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner free throw

    MIAMI — The San Antonio Spurs are the enemy in Miami. This town is Heat crazy, LeBron James crazy, and they loathe anything that stands in their team’s way. But Matt Bonner has a local tie, too — he’s a Florida Gator. That’s a tie that runs deep here, too. And he’s hearing a little…

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