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  1. LeBron calls Game 6 “best game I’ve ever been a part of”

    Jun 19, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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    That was an epic Game 6. There was great play from both sides, huge shots by Ray Allen and Tony Parker and LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard and… I could go on and on. The players knew it was a great game, too. These are some highlights from the postgame press conferences where they talk…

  2. Spurs execution fails them when it matters most. Can they get it back for Game 7?

    Jun 19, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    For three quarters of Game 6, as it has been for much of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs execution was just too much for the Heat to handle — the Spurs shot 50 percent, they played smart defense, they moved the ball, Tim Duncan was playing like a man possessed with 30 points…

  3. NBA Finals Game 6: Heat comeback in fourth, win in overtime to force Game 7

    Jun 18, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    That was a great game. And Game 7 sets up to be something special. For three quarters San Antonio’s execution was too much for Miami and the Spurs entered the fourth up 10 (75-65) and just 12 minutes away from a title. Tim Duncan had been a force, with countermoves spinning Chris Bosh around and…

  4. Kawhi Leonard dunks all over Mike Miller (video)

    Jun 18, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Mike Miller remained in the starting lineup, but that merely made him the guy in the way of Kawhi Leonard. This ferocious dunk gave Leonard eight early points after he made a three-point play and a 3-pointer.

  5. Boris Diaw’s defense slowed LeBron down. I know, right?

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Duncan congratulates teammate Diaw during a time out during first quarter play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — The MVPs for the Spurs Game 5 win you know — Manu Ginobili came back like the prodigal son to have a huge game, Danny Green knocked down any shot given inside the San Antonio city limits, and Tony Parker continues to be the guy who should get the Finals MVP award…

  6. Spurs lead Heat 61-52 at halftime of Finals Game 5

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    SAN ANTONIO — We’ve got another good one here in San Antonio, where the Spurs came out with aggression and were able to contain a late run from the heat to take a 61-52 lead into halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs made a change to their starting lineup in this…

  7. NBA Finals Game 5: Ginobili, Green hit every shot it seems, Spurs win 114-104

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — All season long, when the Heat would crank up their defense and make a run, other teams wilted. San Antonio stood up the the runs, executed, hit open shots and a lot of tough ones, and won 114-104 to take a 3-2 series lead. San Antonio will have two chances on the…

  8. Popovich says at shootaround no lineup changes… probably

    Jun 16, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — In Game 4, the Heat went small starting Mike Miller instead of Udonis Haslem, and it took Gregg Popovich all of 47 seconds to adjust, pulling Tiago Splitter for Gary Neal. Then in the second half Boris Diaw started, a guy who because of his size and style of play lets the…

  9. The Spurs need more from Manu Ginobili, but can he provide it?

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    There’s no easy way to say this, so let’s just get right to it: Manu Ginobili is having, for his standard, an awful NBA Finals. The Spurs’ super-sub who’s a charter member of their vaunted “Big 3″ simply doesn’t resemble the player who has, for years, struck fear into the opposition with explosive scoring outbursts…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

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

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

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    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,…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

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

    Jun 8, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

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    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…

  25. 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…

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