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  1. Kevin Durant turned on the heat to close out Miami

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant had a pretty quiet first half and, perhaps not surprisingly, his Oklahoma City Thunder trailed by seven points heading into halftime. That all changed in the second half, however, as Durant dominated down the stretch to close out the Heat on his way to 36 efficient points in his first ever NBA Finals…

  2. Game 1 pregame notes: Spoelstra won’t tip hand on Bosh starting

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    So is Chris Bosh going to start Game 1 for the Heat? You’ll have to wait and see. As will the rest of us. In his pregame talk Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not tip his hand as to the starting lineup and whether Bosh will be in it or keep coming off the bench.…

  3. LeBron really doesn’t care that Kobe Bryant isn’t in finals

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Seriously, I can’t wait for the games to start so we can talk about those. Because right now the conversation has evolved to what Scott Brooks thinks about Russell Westbrook’s fashion choices and who LeBron James wishes he had played in the finals. Actually, LeBron doesn’t really care who is lines up to play him…

  4. Wade says LeBron having to cover Durant good for Miami

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s one of the best parts of these NBA finals — Kevin Durant and LeBron James are going to be matched up on each other. The two best players in the game today going head-to-head. It’s not going to happen all the time (expect cross matching, the Heat will want LeBron on Durant at key…

  5. 2012 NBA Finals: 50 Observations

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The most entertaining Finals of probably the last fifteen years begins Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. With that here are 50 thoughts, observations, and predictions as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals. 1. This is going to be fun. 2. I’m not talking like “oh, hey, we’re going…

  6. “Good Thunder vs. Evil Heat?” It’s more complicated than that.

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    I did a national sports talk radio interview the other day and the first question asked was “is this really the good vs. evil finals?” It caught me a little off guard. But they were not the first to ask it — it’s been a national story line for a while. The themes are simplistic…

  7. Report: Cavaliers tried to trade for No. 1 pick. That’s a “no.”

    Jun 11, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Franchise anchor players only come through the draft every few years, guys that you can build around for a decade or more. Providing you don’t run them off. That’s something Cleveland knows all to well. Which is why they should know New Orleans were never going to trade the No. 1 overall pick and the…

  8. Five keys for Oklahoma City to become NBA champions

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

    It’s been building to this for years now — from way back when Kevin Durant was drafted (back in Seattle), followed by Russell Westbrook the next year and James Harden the year after that. Thunder GM Sam Presti was building something. Now the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the doorstep of the teams’ first championship…

  9. Your NBA finals schedule. Set your DVRs now.

    Jun 10, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    It’s the Heat and the Thunder. Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James. Midwest vs. the East Coast. With the Heat taking their time getting past the Celtics they do not have a lot of turnaround time before Game 1. Here is the schedule for the NBA finals. Remember that the finals are played in a 2-3-2…

  10. NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jun 10, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, LeBron James

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (2 seed in East) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed in West) SEASON SERIES The teams split their two meetings. Miami won the last meeting on April 4 98-93 because LeBron James had a monster game and Heat players were knocking down their spot up looks. In the meeting just more than…

  11. Celtics unable to capitalize on momentum, Miami Heat force Game 7

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics had an excellent opportunity to close out the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, setting up a meeting with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals. LeBron James would not allow that to happen, however, and the Heat cruised to an easy 98-79 victory en route to forcing a Game 7…

  12. Jordan Crawford keeps his basketball shoes in the refrigerator

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

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    NBA players collect shoes. Not everybody goes Joe Johnson on it, but these are basketball fans who have money and the hookups to get whatever shoes they want. They don’t pay for most of them. They go nuts. Wizards’ guard Jordan Crawford keeps his in the fridge. At least if you think the photo he…

  13. Video: Trailer for Kevin Durant’s “Thunderstruck” movie

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    durant-game-5-spurs

    Let’s be honest here: This movie is going to suck. And we’re still going to see it. If you remember, Kevin Durant spent time filming a movie last offseason, one with the very original premise of two people’s skills/personalities getting switched. Never been done before. But this is different because it’s got basketball. Gotta love…

  14. Video: Popovich, Westbrook, Durant talk Thunder Game 5 win

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant raises the western conference championship trophy after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    There wasn’t much for Gregg Popovich to say after Game 5 other than to admit that the better team won. Kevin Durant just continues to be his humble self. Russell Westbrook just continues to make interesting fashion choices.

  15. Kevin Durant: Preordained

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:48 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

    It was always going to be like this. Build your skill set in the comfort of a rebuilding team with low expectations. Take the next step as an exciting bad team in a new environment with a surprisingly rabid crowd. Make the jump to the playoffs and put a shock on the champs, showing that…

  16. Video: Durant gets assist on dagger, then hugs his mother

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt

    You can argue that Derek Fisher‘s three or some other particular shot was the dagger, but the one shot that forever put this game out of reach for the Thunder was Kendrick Perkins dunk when he rolled to the basket, nobody noticed or cared and Kevin Durant hit him with the pass. Then first thing…

  17. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Oklahoma City proves it’s ready, advances to finals

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs' Ginobili and Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Since the 1999 season, only three teams have represented the Western Conference in the NBA finals — the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. In the first round of the 2012 playoffs, the Thunder crushed Dallas. In the second round they showed they were well ahead of the Lakers. And…

  18. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Spurs know what to do, but it may not matter

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    It’s not that the Spurs don’t know what they have to do to win — this is a smart, veteran team with the best coach in the land. Intellectually, they know what they need to do. But there comes a point where athleticism trumps that plan, and for three games in a row now the…

  19. Kevin Durant has his Thunder one win from the Finals

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:26 AM EDT

    durant-game-5-spurs

    In the press conference following the Thunder’s huge Game 5 win over the Spurs in San Antonio, one that now has Oklahoma City just a single home victory away from advancing to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant was asked a question that seemed silly on the surface. It referenced the fact that teams seemingly needed…

  20. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: Oklahoma City won like battle-tested veterans

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    The conventional wisdom coming into this series was that the younger, less experienced Thunder might well not stand up to the level of play the battle tested Spurs were at. But the Thunder have plenty of experience, too. We thought all season they were the team to beat in the West, that didn’t change until…

  21. Video: Russell Westbrook’s rim-rattling alley-oop finish

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook knows how to finish. Monday night, so did the Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio came out to start the second half Monday night on a tear, playing like they were fighting for their playoff lives. Which they essentially were. The Thunder withstood the storm and made their own comeback to take the lead…

  22. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: San Antonio needs to find its offense

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    San Antonio needs to find its offense to win Game 5 tonight, or this series will be over in a couple days. It falls to the Spurs’ big three — Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili need to get free and penetrate the lane to break down the Thunder defense, Tim Duncan just has to play…

  23. Quote of the Day: Pop was there, he saw it.

    Jun 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thunder, Spurs, Tim Dunan

    Reporter: “It seemed like [Durant] took over.” Popovich: “It didn’t ‘seem’ like that. That was a fact. I was there. I saw it. He was great.” — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 3, 2012 And that’s why Pop’s the best. Durant’s performance in Game 4 was not the first dominant performance Popovich has seen in the…

  24. Thunder even Western Conference finals with Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    ibaka-game-4

    The reason that home-court advantage makes a difference in the NBA postseason is because of the fact that the role-players, bench guys, or simply lesser-known producers tend to play above their average capabilities with the home crowd behind them. That was certainly the case in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, where the…

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