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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. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. In impressive sweep, Spurs lay out path for future Grizzlies success

    May 28, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    That was impressive, San Antonio. A sweep was just not something anyone saw coming (even those of us who picked the Spurs in the series). Tony Parker was again playing like the guy everyone wanted to put in the MVP conversation mid-season. All series long he would turn the corner off the pick and do…

  11. Mike Conley on verge of stardom as Grizzlies on verge of elimination

    May 26, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Where is the line between the NBA’s stars and the league’s merely good players? Star is such a loaded term – full of reputation and production and marketing and talent and style – that, occasionally, it can be useful to sort through all the distractions and look at objective measures. Let’s examine players in order…

  12. PBT Draft preview: Jamaal Franklin can dunk, but can he shoot?

    May 22, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

    Jamaal Franklin

    For the next few weeks PBT will be profiling likely first-round draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Today we talk about one of the best dunker’s in the game right now. San Diego State is turning out some talent under Steve Fisher the last few years. That Kawhi Leonard guy is giving the Grizzlies…

  13. Spurs have changed a lot since 2011 loss to Grizzlies

    May 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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

    When the Spurs started the 2010-11 season with a 17-3 record – on their way to a conference-best 61-21 finish – Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated profiled a team that no longer resembled previous San Antonio squads. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had played together under Gregg Popovich since the 2002-03 season, and…

  14. Spurs would like to remind you they are very good, crush Grizzlies in Game 1

    May 19, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The San Antonio Spurs are never the “it” team. Never the sexy squad with high-flying stars casual fans gravitate toward in the postseason. The collective national will was behind Stephen Curry and Golden State last round. Then a whole lot of prognosticators — very smart, good ones — picked Memphis this round. The Grizzlies were…

  15. Spurs ramp up defense to beat Warriors, advance to Western Conference Finals

    May 17, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    The Warriors had a great run, but their magic ran out. In a hard fought, defense driven effort the Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82 to advance to their 2nd consecutive Western Conference Finals. Golden State battled all night, trying to stave off elimination but simply didn’t have enough. Stephen Curry scored 22 points, but never found…

  16. Preview: Warriors need better performances from Curry and Thompson to hold off elimination against Spurs

    May 16, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    A closeout game is always the hardest win to get in a series. This is especially true when battling on the road and even more so when that road environment is one of the most raucous in the league. The Spurs, then, have their hands full when they visit Oracle Arena in Oakland and try to…

  17. The Extra Pass: Spurs relying on lineups that aren’t working

    May 16, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich reacts during the second half of their NBA Western Conference quarterfinal playoff basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Antonio

    Of the 35 most-used lineups in the playoffs, just three have negative net ratings and belong to teams that are still playing. All three belong to the Spurs. Tony Parker-Danny Green-Kawhi Leonard-Tim Duncan-Tiago Splitter: 70 minutes Offensive rating: 103.5 Defensive rating: 108.9 Net rating: –5.4 Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili-Danny Green-Kawhi Leonard-Tim Duncan: 36 minutes Offensive rating:…

  18. Kawhi Leonard puts Harrison Barnes on a poster (VIDEO)

    May 15, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard isn’t a flashy player. In fact, the next time you see him make a fuss about anything on the floor or try to draw attention to himself will be the first time. Most of the time you see him doing the little things that make the Spurs offense work the way it needs…

  19. Tony Parker’s big game leads Spurs to game 5 victory over Warriors

    May 15, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    Spurs guard Parker drives on Warriors forward Barnes and guard Curry during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    One thing this series hasn’t had is a blowout. Game 5 changed that as the Spurs turned up their defensive pressure and got some key performances from some role players to rout the Warriors 109-91 and get within a game of advancing to the conference finals for the 2nd straight season. The star of the…

  20. LeBron James, Joakim Noah headline NBA All-Defensive team

    May 13, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    If you were anchoring your defense with one center in the NBA right now who would it be? For the past few years the answer was Dwight Howard, he was the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (voted on by the media) and NBA All-Defensive First Team, voted on by the coaches. But if…

  21. Preview: Warriors need to call on their round 1 experience to beat the Spurs

    May 8, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Cory Joseph, Stephen Curry

    We always think of the Spurs as the team with experience. They have championship core and all those playoff wins, after all. But the Warriors have some experience too, especially when it comes to the situation they’re facing heading into game 2 in San Antonio Wednesday night. In their 1st round upset of the Nuggets, the…

  22. Spurs make improbable run to force overtime (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Danny Green

    The Spurs pulled off an amazing comeback to win game 1, but with 4 minutes left in the game and trailing by 16 you never would have imagined it would happen. But there’s a reason you never count the Spurs out. They boast an explosive offense and a stingy defense that has the ability to…

  23. Spurs complete amazing comeback to steal game 1 against Warriors

    May 7, 2013, 2:33 AM EDT

    Warriors Spurs basketball

    What. A. Game. After the contest Manu Ginobili said he had no idea how his Spurs won this game 129 to 126 to take a 1-0 in the Western Conference semi-finals. He’s not alone as I’m sure the Warriors will be tormenting themselves wondering the same thing. The Spurs looked dead in the water against…

  24. PBT Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

    May 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan works with the ball against Golden State Warriors Carl Landry during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio: 58-24, two seed in the West Golden State: 47-35, six seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS San Antonio: Swept the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 Golden State: Beat the Denver Nuggets 4-2 SEASON SERIES The teams split the series, with both teams winning their two home games. In both Spurs’ losses, they…

  25. Report: Kahn to be out, Flip Saunders to be in for Minnesota

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    We told you there were rumors of this a couple months ago, possibly part of an ownership shift, but now it appears to be reality. The era of David Kahn could be ending in Minnesota, with Flip Saunders coming in to replace him, reports Steve Aschburner at NBA.com. Saunders, 58, has been negotiating a contract…

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