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  1. If Spurs win, Tony Parker should be the Finals MVP

    Jun 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    There is no doubt — Danny Green has been fantastic in the NBA Finals Look at his shooting chart, it is ridiculous from three. Green has knocked down 25 threes through five games, the NBA record, shooting 65.8 percent from beyond the arc. He has averaged 18 points a game. He has been key to…

  2. NBA Finals Game 6 Preview: Will we see the best of the Heat?

    Jun 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra asked the most pertinent question about Game 6 just after the end of Game 5: “Can we put together our best game on both sides of the floor in Game 6?” Over the course of a long NBA season the San Antonio Spurs built very good habits as a team —…

  3. NBA Finals Game 5 mini-movie (VIDEO)

    Jun 18, 2013, 2:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    Manu Ginobili starts hot, Danny Green knocks down threes, and every time the Heat make a run the Spurs are there with an answer. All series long the Spurs have had answers — they are the best counter-punchers in the league, the best team at forcing you into tough decisions then exploiting your mistakes. And…

  4. 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…

  5. Manu Ginobili’s breakout Game 5 (VIDEO)

    Jun 17, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    After hearing a lot of criticism for his play through four games, Manu Ginobili broke out big in Game 5. Real big. As in the most points in a game he’s had all season. He did it knocking down outside shots early but he also got into the paint and that started to create opportunities…

  6. Heat admit defense, shooting must improve in Game 6 to extend season

    Jun 17, 2013, 3:25 AM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — Credit San Antonio — they do not back down. All season long Miami would crank up its defense, make its big runs and the opponent would wilt. The Spurs withstood the Heat’s big run in Game 5 — when the lead was down to 1 late in the third San Antonio responded…

  7. Who is washed up? Ginobili bounces back with huge game to lead Spurs

    Jun 17, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Spurs' Ginobili goes to the basket past Miami's Wade during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — When you walk around San Antonio you see more Manu Ginobili jerseys than anything else Spurs. More than Tony Parker. More than Tim Duncan. More than the Coyote mascot. More than anyone. But after some rough games through the NBA Finals this year — he was a passive 1-of-5 shooting in Game…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. NBA Finals Game 5 Heat vs. Spurs preview: Which Heat team shows up?

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — Which Miami Heat team will be on the bus to the AT&T Center for Sunday night’s key Game 5? We know what names will be there — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, etc. — but the Heat have looked like a different team game to game in this series (and the…

  11. Heat think they can finally win two games in a row

    Jun 15, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Heat's James hugs teammate Wade after the Heat defeated the Spurs in Game 4 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — The last time Miami won two games in a row in a series it was mid-May against the Bulls. They traded wins with the Pacers but that was good enough to get to the NBA Finals, where through four games they have traded wins with the Spurs. After each win the Heat…

  12. Tony Parker disappears in second half, so does Spurs offense

    Jun 14, 2013, 1:43 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

      We should all be as injured as Tony Parker looked in the first half of Game 4 — he hit 7-of-12 shots for 15 points with 6 assists. He was getting into the lane, spinning, driving and dishing. Injured hamstring? Sure thing buddy. But in the second half was like a completely different game…

  13. 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,…

  14. It’s official: Mike Miller moves into the starting lineup for Heat in Game 4

    Jun 13, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

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    It’s official, Mike Miller is starting for the Miami Heat in place of Udonis Haslem in Game 4. We told you it might be coming and Erik Spoelstra dodged making the announcement as long as he could, but you have to set your lineups with the officials and the starters have to be named. So…

  15. Report: Erik Spoelstra considering starting Mike Miller in Game 4

    Jun 13, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Miami needs floor spacing to get their offense going. The San Antonio Spurs are packing the paint, ignoring Dwyane Wade on the perimeter off the ball, taking away LeBron James’ driving lanes and daring anyone on the Spurs to regularly beat them by shooting over the top. The Heat have become stagnant, the weak side…

  16. Metta World Peace says Spurs are mentally stronger than Heat

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Metta World Peace’s post-NBA Finals twitter feed is always some kind of hamburger reference. Seriously. The Spurs should open a Burger Franchise because it will be the same burger Everytime. The Heat burger changes from game to game. — mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) June 12, 2013 Why burgers? Because he’s Metta, that’s why. But he is clearly…

  17. 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…

  18. Even Spurs see Wade not right; Wade says Heat “big 3” have to step up

    Jun 12, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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    It’s been obvious to you and me, you think the Spurs missed it? Dwyane Wade isn’t as explosive and dangerous as normal, the bone bruise in his knee is holding him back. “You can tell something’s not right,” San Antonio’s Danny Green said at practice Wednesday, and he’s the guy who has spent a lot…

  19. Danny Green talks hot shooting, defending LeBron (VIDEO)

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green is congratulated by teammate Duncan as he comes out of the game against the Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in San Antonio

    Danny Green had it going — 7-of-9 from three and 27 points to help key the Spurs historic Game 3 rout of the Heat. In the last two games Green is now 12-of-14 from three, Miami may not want to help off him so much. Green talks about that hot shooting. He also talks about…

  20. Danny Green, Gary Neal’s record setting nights (VIDEO)

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    Danny Green and Gary Neal led the assault in a 36-point Spurs win in Game 3 — San Antonio hit an NBA Finals record 16 three pointers and it was two role players that led them. Which for the Spurs is fitting. Green hit 7-of-9 three pointers on his way to 27 points and you…

  21. 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,…

  22. Barrage of threes, strong defense leads Spurs to blowout of Heat 113-77

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    Famed NBA coach and broadcaster Hubie Brown has a theory (that I love) — NBA role players perform better at home. The Spurs played at home for the first time in three weeks and their role players stepped up and owned the Heat. Owned. Gary Neal (24 points, 6-of-10 from three) and Danny Green (27…

  23. 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.…

  24. Chris Bosh promises to lay off three pointers vs. Spurs

    Jun 11, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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    In Game 1, Chris Bosh was 0-for-3 from three-point range (including a key miss late) but 5-of-8 from the midrange. Lesson learned. In Game 2 Bosh didn’t take a three and was 3-of-6 from the midrange — he had a far more effective and efficient game. In Game 3 Tuesday night, don’t expect to see…

  25. PBT Extra: Do Heat or Spurs have the momentum heading into Game 3?

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Miller celebrate after a basket against the Spurs during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Kay Adams hit me with just one question: Who has the momentum heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night, the Heat or the Spurs? But there is no simple answer. We saw the Heat dominate the end of Game 2, but they have not been able to sustain that level of play…

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