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  1. Video: Micro-movie of NBA finals Game 3

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Wade jumps to the basket on top of Oklahoma City Thunder Harden during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    This has been a fantastic finals — add up the scores from the three games and the Thunder are actually ahead by 1 point. This has been a close series but right now the Heat are the ones up 2-1 because they have been able to win ugly. This has been a series made for…

  2. Brooks coaching part of Thunder’s problems vs. Heat

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Let’s be clear about this up front — Oklahoma City is not down 2-1 in the NBA finals because of Scott Brooks alone. First and foremost Miami has brought its best defensive focus and intensity for two games now, and when they do they can even slow the Thunder. Plus, Miami has that LeBron James…

  3. Video: Durant says finals far from over, Wade talks experience

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Here are a few a few highlights from Sunday night’s post-game press conferences after Game 3, in case you didn’t stay up to the middle of the night to watch them get replayed on NBA TV. And if you didn’t what’s wrong with you? Where are your priorities? Kevin Durant says exactly what you’d expect…

  4. Wade on LeBron: “He’s just a total different player”

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    LeBron James of the Miami Heat goes to t

    LeBron James was the best player on the floor in the fourth quarter of Game 3 — eight points on four shots, plus he got to the line for five free throws. He steadied his team down the stretch. He and the Heat looked like the experienced team, the veterans, while the young Thunder were…

  5. Kevin Durant to Dwyane Wade: “You’re too small”

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant (R) of the Oklahoma City Th

    It is one key to winning in the NBA — exploit your mismatches. Against Kevin Durant, pretty much the other 449 guys in the league are a mismatch. Including Dwyane Wade. At one point in the second half Wade got switched on Durant defensively. That’s a size mismatch. Durant recognized it and scored over him.…

  6. Video: Kevin Durant throws down huge dunk

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunde

    Kevin Durant just keeps doing it this series — he puts up 25 points on 19 shots in Game 3 and we feel like he was off his game a little. He’s that good. He wasn’t off it on this play — a catch at the three-point line, one dribble all the way to the…

  7. NBA finals Game 3: Heat grind out win with assist from Thunder

    Jun 17, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The Miami Heat attacked from the opening tip and they owned the paint. But that wasn’t enough — the Oklahoma City Thunder adjusted, taking away the inside game and looked like they were going to take the game away on the road. And then the Thunder imploded. Oklahoma City fouled 3-point shooters. They missed free throws.…

  8. NBA finals Game 3: No slow start by Thunder, 47-46 Heat at the half

    Jun 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Finals - Game Three

    This time, there was no slow start by the Thunder. In Game 3 they got down 10-4 but came back with James Harden early and the result was a close first half, with the Heat leading much of the way but never coming close to pulling away. It is 47-46 Heat at the half of…

  9. NBA finals Game 3: Thunder sticking with same starters

    Jun 17, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts in the first quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    It’s good not to make a move out of panic. Even in the NBA finals, you don’t want to overreact to one loss. But if things aren’t working – for example, you’ve gotten off to slow starts in two consecutive games because your two big man starting lineup is a bad matchup — you need…

  10. Time to get off Russell Westbrook’s back, it’s not his fault

    Jun 16, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Whenever the Thunder lose, like they did in Game 2 Thursday night, the blame falls quickly on Russell Westbrook. He started 1-7 shooting with just one assist as the Thunder fell behind 18-2 to open the game. A hole they could never get out of. If he would just stop taking shots away from Durant,…

  11. Video: Micro-Movie of Heat-Thunder NBA finals Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    NBA.com is doing a fantastic job with these — it’s not jut a highlight package, there are behind-the-scenes video, shots from off-day practices, really interesting stuff. And it doesn’t take much to make these games interesting. This has been a blisteringly fun series. I can’t wait for Game 3.

  12. NBA finals Game 2 draws biggest ratings since 2004

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Through two games, this is shaping up to be an epic NBA finals. And people are tuning in — for the second straight contest Game 2 drew the largest Game 2 audience since 2004. That is to say, the biggest ratings since the Shaq/Kobe Lakers. Game 2 drew an overnight rating of 11.8 according to…

  13. Video: Coaches, Durant, Wade talk about dramatic Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade speaks afte

    What I enjoy most about Dwyane Wade‘s post-game press conferences these playoffs is how the wrap on his finger always matches the color of his shirt. I’m not kidding. Does it every game. Here is the video of Erik Spoelstra, Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant and Wade talking about Game 2, a 100-96 Miami win that…

  14. Video: Big plays from LeBron, Durant down stretch of Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    We already showed you the controversial one, but LeBron James and Kevin Durant were involved in some other huge plays down the stretch that made Game 2 one wild and entertaining finish. In his post game press conference Thunder coach Scott Brooks was almost just shaking his head at LeBron’s bank shot. Durant’s three was…

  15. NBA finals Game 2: Thunder must break the slow start habit

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Oklahoma City was even or ahead of Miami for 36 minutes of Game 2. Seriously. The second quarter of Game 2 was tied, the Thunder and Heat each scored 28. The Thunder won the third quarter by a point and then owned the fourth quarter 29-22. Miami only won one quarter, the first one. But…

  16. Video: Controversial no-call as LeBron fouls Durant to end Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It was a foul. Watch it, LeBron James hooks Durant under the arm as Durant spins baseline. No call, Durant misses the shot that could have tied it. Miami goes on to win 100-96. (Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.) I need to add — that play is not where Oklahoma City…

  17. NBA finals Game 2: Miami holds off… or holds on to beat Thunder

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    You knew it was coming. For the first three quarters the Miami Heat played the game they needed to play to get a win in this series — LeBron James was driving the lane, Dwyane Wade looked like his old aggressive self, Chris Bosh was providing the size inside they need, the Heat defense (particularly…

  18. NBA finals Game 2: Miami picks up defense, leads 55-43 at half

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    The Miami Heat have gotten what they need. Dwyane Wade came out looking like his old self, aggressive and attacking. Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Miami had great ball movement. The Heat defense, particularly transition defense, that was missing in Game 1 was back in Game 2 as…

  19. Chris Bosh to start for Heat, Haslem to come off bench

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Bosh speaks with media in Oklahoma City

    Erik Spoelstra has stopped playing games and is now going the only direction he really can — Chris Bosh will be back in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat, he announced before Game 2 in Oklahoma City Thursday night. But unlike during much of the season when both Bosh and Udonis Haslem would start,…

  20. No rest likely coming for LeBron, which isn’t good for Heat

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    In the regular season, LeBron James actually played well in the fourth quarter — he had the second highest fourth quarter PER in the league. Part of the reason is that the Heat’s rotation let him sit the first four to five minutes of the quarter and rest, then come in with real energy. In…

  21. NBA finals Game 2, Heat-Thunder: We expect a better Miami, is that enough?

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Every time they have really been challenged these playoffs, the Miami Heat have been able to summon enough focus and resolve to get the wins they need. Down 2-1 to the Pacers, they rallied. Down 3-2 to the Celtics, they rallied. Down 1-0 to the Oklahoma city Thunder in the NBA finals, you can bet…

  22. Video: Mike Tyson sings his tribute to LeBron James

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    US fighting legend Mike Tyson waves on t

    When you think of America’s greatest singer songwriters — Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, etc — you always want to include Mike Tyson in that group. Because if you don’t he might punch you. Jimmy Kimmel had the brilliant idea of having Tyson pen a tribute to LeBron James. This is the result. I think it’s…

  23. Spoelstra not talking, but expect Bosh to start Game 2

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh arrives for a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will probably spend all day Thursday dodging the question of if Chris Bosh will start or not because… well, I guess he wants to be like Bill Belichick. Whatever. Pretty much all indications point to Bosh moving back into the starting lineup. Here is what Spoelstra said on Wednesday, via the…

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