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  1. NBA finals Game 3: Heat grind out win with assist from Thunder

    Jun 17, 2012, 11:46 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The Miami Heat attacked from the opening tip and they owned the paint. But that wasn’t enough — the Oklahoma City Thunder adjusted, taking away the inside game and looked like they were going to take the game away on the road. And then the Thunder imploded. Oklahoma City fouled 3-point shooters. They missed free throws.…

  2. NBA finals Game 3: No slow start by Thunder, 47-46 Heat at the half

    Jun 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    2012 NBA Finals - Game Three

    This time, there was no slow start by the Thunder. In Game 3 they got down 10-4 but came back with James Harden early and the result was a close first half, with the Heat leading much of the way but never coming close to pulling away. It is 47-46 Heat at the half of…

  3. Jeff Green’s agent says things are going great for Jeff Green on the free agent market. Yeah.

    Jun 17, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    You have to be rooting for Jeff Green. The Oklahoma City scapegoat before Russell Westbrook took over the mantle, Green was traded to Boston with huge expectations, and before he could settle in, a serious heart condition that proved to be life-threatening ended his season and put his life in danger. Now he’s on the…

  4. Report: Scott Brooks turned down 3-year, $11 million extension offer

    Jun 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Scott Brooks

    These Finals don’t feature coaching legends. Both Scott Brooks and Erik Spoelstra face constant doubts and criticism from fans and media. This is how it works if you haven’t won a title. Win one, and you’re on a whole other level, you have the credit built up and no matter what you get the benefit…

  5. 2012 NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 3: Five things to watch

    Jun 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    With the Heat and Thunder knotted at 1-1, the NBA Finals resume Sunday night for the latest in a series of “pivotal” games. Both sides have accomplished some things in the first two games beyond just the one win, and both have established challenges they’ll have to overcome. Here are five things to keep an…

  6. Russell Westbrook will not be altering his game, thank you very much

    Jun 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Russell Westbrook, for reasons I struggle to comprehend, took a lot of flak for Game 2. Magic Johnson called it the worst performance by a point guard in the Finals. People have blamed the entire loss on him. As if, without Westbrook, the Thunder would have magically created his 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 7…

  7. 2012 NBA Finals Game 3: 20 observations as the series shifts to South Beach

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Here are twenty observations about the 2012 NBA Finals through two games as the series shifts to Miami for a three-game set. 1. First, and really, this can’t be stressed enough, the 2-3-2 format is horrible. I get why. I do. You don’t want the Finals dragging in for an entire month. But here’s the…

  8. Time to get off Russell Westbrook’s back, it’s not his fault

    Jun 16, 2012, 3:22 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Whenever the Thunder lose, like they did in Game 2 Thursday night, the blame falls quickly on Russell Westbrook. He started 1-7 shooting with just one assist as the Thunder fell behind 18-2 to open the game. A hole they could never get out of. If he would just stop taking shots away from Durant,…

  9. What would Team USA under-23 Olympic team look like?

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Team USA

    David Stern wants it. Mark Cuban wants it. Most of his fellow NBA owners want it. At his pre-finals press conference, David Stern again said he wants the Olympic basketball program to start following the soccer model — under-23. There would be one World Cup every four years with no age restrictions, but the Olympics…

  10. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 2: Welcome back, Thunder defense

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    I had serious questions about the Thunder defense heading into Game 1. After all, this was a top ten, but not top five defense throughout the year, and it still gave up a ton of points to San Antonio (which granted has the best offense in the league). I had major concerns about how they…

  11. NBA finals Game 2, Heat-Thunder: We expect a better Miami, is that enough?

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:56 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Every time they have really been challenged these playoffs, the Miami Heat have been able to summon enough focus and resolve to get the wins they need. Down 2-1 to the Pacers, they rallied. Down 3-2 to the Celtics, they rallied. Down 1-0 to the Oklahoma city Thunder in the NBA finals, you can bet…

  12. Lillard wants to go from Weber State to NBA starter in a year

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    From Weber State and the Big Sky Conference to starting NBA point guard in a year? That’s the leap Damian Lillard says he wants to make. Says he is ready to make. Not everybody is convinced, but Lillard is climbing draft boards. He was working out for the Kings (No. 5 pick) Wednesday and said…

  13. LeBron hopes to see less deferring, more attacking from Wade

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:52 AM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    LeBron James was good in Game 1, but for the Heat right now that is not good enough. He has to be exceptional. At both ends of the floor. And he could use some help. Dwyane Wade was 7-of-19 shooting on offense and had Russell Westbrook blowing by him like he was an orange traffic…

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

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:31 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

    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…

  19. Scott Brooks is good with whatever that is Russell Westbrook is wearing

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EST

    russell-westbrook-shirt

    I don’t know much about fashion, I just know I wouldn’t wear what Russell Westbrook has been wearing to postgame interviews these playoffs. Scott Brooks frankly wouldn’t be caught dead in these shirts either. But he’s the coach — he’s got his players’ backs. Even if there is a generation and taste gap between the…

  20. 2012 NBA Finals: 50 Observations

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    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…

  21. Five keys for Oklahoma City to become NBA champions

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 10, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:25 AM EST

    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.

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

    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…

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