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  1. Six things Miami needs to do to win Game 2

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James pauses during a break in play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    This series is not over. From the Memorial Day Massacre to the Heat winning Game 1 last season, there is a long history of Game 1 of the NBA finals not mattering. But Game 1 also gave hints of what could be the Heat’s undoing. They can no longer just expect to be the most…

  2. NBA finals Heat-Thunder Game 1 draws big television ratings

    Jun 13, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Oklahoma City and Miami are not big markets — Miami is 14th largest among NBA teams, Oklahoma City 28th. But the NBA is a star-driven league — the names involved matter more than where the team is from. And with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant you knew that David Stern would be happy,…

  3. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster fourth quarter in Game 1

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant dropped 17 points on the Heat in the fourth quarter of Game 1. He showed off the versatility that makes him the best scorer in the game — he back down the smaller Dwyane Wade and shot over him, he drained a three, he attack the rim in transition and threw it down.…

  4. Durant admits he, Thunder were nervous before Game 1

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant started out shooting 1-of-5. Russell Westbrook seemed to be trying to do too much. The Thunder were hanging around but no looking like the team that in the past couple weeks had easily knocked off the Spurs and Lakers. What happened? They were nervous. Kevin Durant owned up to it his postgame press…

  5. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 3 recap

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:35 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 3

    The final day of adidas Eurocamp didn’t necessarily feature the camp’s best players, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few guys who made their presence felt. The camp’s top prospects were long gone by Day Three, with Evan Fournier, Tomas Satoransky, and even Nihad Djedovic all choosing to forego the last day’s activities.…

  6. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Miami didn’t choke; worse they were themselves

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The easy mantra out of Game 1 of the NBA finals is that the Heat choked. LeBron choked in the fourth quarter. Again. But that’s not what happened. The reality is scarier for Heat fans. Miami was exactly who they are. Who they have been all season, all playoffs. And unless they can find a…

  7. Video: Kevin Durant’s Big throwdown over Chris Bosh

    Jun 13, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    It’s really hard to pick one Kevin Durant highlight from this game to show. Really, we could just post the entire fourth quarter. But instead, we’ll go back to the second quarter, when KD drove the land and threw down a signature dunk over Chris Bosh. At the time it seemed a mirage, a moment…

  8. Heat-Thunder Game 1: Who has been here before? Poised OKC pulls away for win.

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Miami is the team in its second consecutive trip to the NBA finals, the team that talked about its new attitude, how it learned from last season, about LeBron James‘ new glare, and was more comfortable on the stage. But like they did throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs — and like they did last finals…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. “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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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