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  1. LeBron calls his title-clinching jumper his “Michael Jordan moment”

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:49 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    You remember the play: There were :39 seconds left in Game 7, Miami was up 90-88 and of course LeBron James had the ball out at mid-court. He let the clock run down then drove right around a Mario Chalmers pick, bullied past Tony Parker who switched on to him, pulled up at the elbow…

  2. Ginobili writes in Argentinian paper he doesn’t plan to retire

    Jun 25, 2013, 5:16 PM EST

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    Manu Ginobili is not the biggest sports star in Argentina — hello Messi — but he is up there near the top. His fans in Argentina are wondering the same thing his fans in San Antonio (and there are a lot of them) are: How much longer is he going to be playing? He wants…

  3. Heat beat Spurs in epic Game 7 to win 2013 NBA title

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:46 AM EST

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    MIAMI — The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA champions. And the Spurs made them earn every last bit of that second straight title. In a game fitting of what we’ve come to expect from these two teams in this series, LeBron James put on a jump-shooting display that resulted in his scoring 37 points,…

  4. Old-school Spurs earn extra measure of respect in defeat.

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:43 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Youth may ultimately have been served, but age earned a lot of respect. Yes, the younger and more athletic core of the Miami Heat won another NBA title, but the older core of the San Antonio Spurs reminded everyone just how beautiful well played team basketball can look like. And how far it can take…

  5. NBA Finals Game 7 Spurs vs. Heat: Miami earns repeat title in dramatic Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:25 PM EST

    Heat's James and Wade pause during a break in play against the Spurs during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    The Miami Heat are back-to-back NBA Champions, but the San Antonio Spurs made them earn every last bit of it. It was a hard-fought if not always pretty Game 7, but LeBron James finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 95-88 win. LeBron was rightfully named NBA Finals MVP. He…

  6. Which role player is going to step up and be the Game 7 hero?

    Jun 20, 2013, 1:33 PM EST

    Danny Green ,Mike Miller

    Remember back to the last Game 7 of the NBA Finals: 2010, Celtics at Lakers. Kobe Bryant was tight. Paul Pierce was tight. The game was played fairly cautiously. Who were the two best players on the court? Probably Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) and Rasheed Wallace. The two guys hardwired not to feel…

  7. Breaking down the Heat’s Game 6 comeback over Spurs

    Jun 19, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — For all intents and purposes, the game was over. Except that it wasn’t. The Heat trailed Game 6 of the Finals by five with under 30 seconds to play, and fans in Miami began streaming for the exits. Arena staffers in yellow shirts lined the baselines and the court across from the team…

  8. Game 6 was not Gregg Popovich’s best night

    Jun 19, 2013, 11:21 AM EST

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    Gregg Popovich is the best coach in basketball right now. One of the best of all time. He has four rings and built a culture in San Antonio that has them in NBA Finals 14 years apart and with consistent 50+ win seasons in between. But he is not perfect. He made a couple decisions…

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

    Jun 19, 2013, 10:31 AM EST

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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…

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

    Jun 19, 2013, 2:24 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 18, 2013, 10:27 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jun 18, 2013, 9:51 PM EST

    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.

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:56 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:10 PM EST

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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…

  16. Popovich says at shootaround no lineup changes… probably

    Jun 16, 2013, 4:49 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:59 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 13, 2013, 10:35 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jun 13, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

  20. Tracy McGrady pretending to be LeBron James

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:07 PM EST

    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…

  21. Spurs appreciate Kawhi Leonard’s quiet confidence

    Jun 12, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:42 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EST

    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…

  24. 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 EST

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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…

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

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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