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  1. NBA Finals Game 4: Heat big three key 109-93 win

    Jun 13, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Spurs' Parker follow the play during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Miami needed a better defensive effort and they got it — San Antonio shot 44.3 percent, the Heat forced 18 turnovers and allowed the Spurs just 5 offensive rebounds. They needed someone to step up besides LeBron James and they got Dwyane Wade in the hot tub time machine back to 2006 — 32 points,…

  2. Does anyone really know how LeBron will play in Game 4?

    Jun 13, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    LeBron James was pretty clear about what he thought of his Game 3 performance — “I played like s—.” He says Game 4 will be different. But does that mean we really know how he will respond and play in Game 4? No. And that may be the most frustrating thing about LeBron. It’s not…

  3. Tracy McGrady pretending to be LeBron James

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady, Kawhi Leonard

    Kobe Bryant is one of just three active NBA players who’ve averaged 28 points, six rebounds and five assists per game in multiple seasons. A second is imitating the third. Reuters: Heading into the 2013 Finals, McGrady took on the role of simulating LeBron James in practice to help his team prepare for the best-of-seven…

  4. Spurs appreciate Kawhi Leonard’s quiet confidence

    Jun 12, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard is in only his second NBA season, but he’s already an extremely important part of the Spurs and their championship aspirations. Leonard’s defense on LeBron James has helped limit the league MVP to 18 points or less in each of the first three games of the Finals, and when he’s…

  5. Tim Duncan on how the Spurs are slowing LeBron James: ‘We’re guarding him with five guys’

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — A day after LeBron James was held to just 15 points and didn’t get to the free throw line for a single attempt, Tim Duncan was asked to explain how in the world his team has been able to slow the league’s MVP to playing like a mere mortal for the third…

  6. Irving, Lillard highlight guys heading to Team USA mini-camp this summer

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    This summer is when USA Basketball brings in its prospects — guys it wants to get a closer look. Next summer Team USA will be heading off to Spain for the World Championships with a roster that could include a handful of the guys from this camp (mixed with some big name NBA stars). USA…

  7. Spurs’ Green, Neal, Leonard have same amount of points as LeBron, Wade, Bosh through 3 games of the Finals

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs and their “Big Three” have taken it to the Heat so far in this series, and it’s one of the reasons that Miami finds itself down two games to one in the NBA Finals. But it isn’t Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili who are keeping pace with LeBron…

  8. Kawhi Leonard becoming the LeBron stopper the Spurs knew they’d need

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    In 2011, a 22-year-old Derrick Rose became the youngest Most Valuable Player in NBA history. Dwight Howard, then just 25, finished second in the voting. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to the championship. The NBA can be a reactionary league, and some teams set out that offseason searching for the next Rose, Howard or Nowitzki…

  9. LeBron James: “I just have to play better”

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

    SPO-BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    Through three games of the NBA Finals, LeBron James is averaging 16.3 points a game on 38.9 percent shooting — the best player on the planet has looked average (well, for him). And passive. In Game 3 Tuesday night with the Spurs packing the paint and having defenders playing a step off him in isolation,…

  10. NBA Finals Heat vs. Spurs Game 2: Spurs rain threes, blow out Heat 113-77

    Jun 11, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Spurs' Parker follow the play during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    It was San Antonio’s turn for a blowout. After an ugly Game 2 loss the Spurs came out and rained down an NBA Finals record 16 threes — led by Danny Green with 7 and Gary Neal with 6, those two combined for 51 points and this was a complete domination by the Spurs, 113-77.…

  11. Gregg Popovich: American players don’t work as hard as foreign players

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    I always figured the Spurs’ large contingent of international players – Tim Duncan (U.S. Islands), Tony Parker (France), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Cory Joseph (Canada), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia) and Aron Baynes (Australia) – was the product of three main reasons. 1. Scouting. San Antonio does an…

  12. Danny Green shoots 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in historic performance

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:33 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Asked after Game 1 how Danny Green had progressed since they played together for the Cavaliers, LeBron James responded, “Is that a serious question?” You can bet LeBron will get more questions now about his former Cleveland teammate, and now he’ll know they’re serious. Green shot 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-6 overall to lead the…

  13. 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…

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

    Jun 8, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. Give Kawhi Leonard credit for his defense, but expect a more aggressive LeBron

    Jun 8, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

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

    MIAMI — LeBron James put up a triple-double in Game 1 of the NBA finals, but it wasn’t as dominant a performance as it appeared in the stat sheet. He was 6-of-8 shooting with five feet of the rim, 1-of-8 outside that range. Then with the game slipping away in the fourth quarter, he was…

  16. LeBron, Wade say fatigue was a factor in Game 1 loss to Spurs

    Jun 7, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    LeBron James,Dwyane Wade

    The Heat had to play seven hard-fought games against the Pacers to reach the championship round. The Spurs, meanwhile, had 10 days to rest after taking care of the Grizzlies in just four games in the Western Conference Finals. After a rough fourth quarter for Miami led to San Antonio taking Game 1 on the…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. PBT Extra: Spurs vs. Heat NBA Finals preview

    Jun 5, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Tony Parker Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs

    And then there were two… Kay Adams and I talk NBA Finals: Can the Spurs big men cause the same problems to the Heat the Pacers’ bigs did? Are the Spurs rested or Rusty? And can Kawhi Leonard have any real success guarding LeBron James? To me, the real key to this series is how Tony…

  20. Heat and Spurs haven’t seen much of each other

    Jun 5, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker (L) challenges

    For a moment, let’s put aside key players like Chris Bosh, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard and just look at the Heat’s and Spurs’ top two players. In the last three years, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have shared the court for just 45:57. They could, theoretically, pass that total in…

  21. This isn’t 2007 — LeBron, Spurs both very different than last finals meeting

    Jun 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan LeBron James

    This isn’t the first time Tim Duncan and the Spurs stood in the way of LeBron James and what he sees as his destiny to be one of the game’s all time greats. Back in 2007 LeBron dragged his Cavaliers squad to the Finals, only to be just carved up by the Spurs winning their…

  22. NBA Finals Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    tim duncan lebron james

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 66-16 (First seed in East) San Antonio 58-24 (Second seed in West) PLAYOFF RECORDS San Antonio 12-2 (swept the Lakers 4-0, beat the Warriors 4-2, swept the Grizzlies) Miami: 12-4 (swept Milwaukee 4-0, beat Chicago 4-1, went 7 to beat Pacers) SEASON SERIES This was the most meaningless 1-1 season series ever.…

  23. Young Pacers on verge of history

    Jun 2, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    Larry Bird was the reigning MVP. David Robinson hadn’t yet been drafted. Julius Erving was still an active player. That’s how long it’s been since a team as young as the 2012-13 Indiana Pacers made the NBA Finals. Thanks to their 91-77 win over the Miami Heat tonight, the Pacers are only one win from…

  24. Spurs aren’t old

    Jun 1, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker celebrates after the Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies to win the NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    Go ahead and call the San Antonio Spurs old. -Associated Press You’ll hear that their pre-game meal has an early-bird special, that their biggest problem in the Finals is that the games are scheduled after their bedtime. -Phil Taylor of Sports Illustrated The core of this team appears not to have changed since the Nixon…

  25. Manu Ginobili with nutmeg pass through Tayshaun Prince’s legs (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Through the wickets. Nutmeged. Just plain showing up. Maybe this was the first real sign Monday night was not going to be the Grizzlies night. The Spurs were on a first-quarter run and Kawhi Leonard is bringing the ball up in transition and the Grizzlies do a good job of stopping the ball, so he…

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