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  1. NBA Finals Game 1: Heat 54, Thunder 47 at halftime

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It felt a little like two fighters feeling each other out in the first round of a 12-round match. After one half Miami is up 54-47 and you can make a case that both teams should feel lucky. Miami outplayed the Thunder, especially on offense where they were able to get into the lane and…

  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. Miami “zombie” victim’s post-surgery words: “Go Heat”

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    zombies

    Ronald Poppo has had as bad a couple weeks as a person can have. The Miami man was homeless to start with, then on May 26 a naked crazed “zombie” in an altered condition attacked him and ripped so much of Poppo’s face off he was unidentifiable. He’s gone through a couple weeks of surgery,…

  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. PBT Extra: Talking NBA finals, Miami with Ira Winderman

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Enough with the preliminaries, let’s get this thing started — one of the most anticipated, likely entertaining finals in years is set to tip-off between the Heat and Thunder on Tuesday night. So we thought why not give you another NBA finals preview. We’ve done the big preview, looked at the keys for the Heat…

  7. “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…

  8. Bosh may start. Or he may not. He’s not worried either way.

    Jun 11, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    For the three games since he returned from a strained abdomen, Chris Bosh has come off the bench — but in Game 7 against Boston he played 31 minutes. Which is basically James Harden/Manu Ginobili sixth man minutes. So for the finals Game 1, does Bosh go back into the starting lineup? Or is he…

  9. 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…

  10. Five keys for Miami to become NBA champions

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    No doubt, Miami can win these NBA finals. They may be mild underdogs, but they are in this. LeBron can get the ring he craves. Yes, I picked Oklahoma city to win (in six). It’s not that the Heat don’t have the talent, I’m just not convinced that for four out of seven games they…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. San Antonio Spurs: Time is not on their side. No it isn’t.

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    For a stretch of 20 games, 10 of those in the playoffs, no team has played a more pure, more beautiful brand of basketball in recent years than what the San Antonio Spurs did. It was Hall of Fame talent being selfless — Tony Parker would get in the lane and score or kick to…

  14. 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…

  15. Video: Russell Westbrook’s monster first half dunk

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    San Antonio owned the first half of Game 6 in Oklahoma City — except for this play. Nobody on the Spurs stopped the ball and so Westbrook went all the way in and played Superman. Monster dunk.

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Rivers says if Chris Bosh is back Miami’s offense improves

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Miami may have Chris Bosh back on Tuesday for Game 5. It’s huge in a series where the Heat offense has struggled against a good Boston defense, because the Heat’s pick-and-roll is about to become a lot more dangerous. Right now the Heat have shown limited respect for the damage Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem…

  19. 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…

  20. Video: Reaction to Thunder blowout from Popovich, Durant

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    It was a blowout Thunder win in Game 3, sparked by their defense. Here are the reactions from Gregg Popovich — who said more than seven words in this press conference, a bit of a surprise to me — and scott Brooks, as well as players like Kevin Durant. Game 4 is going to be…

  21. Thunder remind Spurs, everyone they are contenders with rout

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thunder, Spurs, Tim Dunan

    The Oklahoma City Thunder would like to remind you that they are a very, very good basketball team. For days now the buzz had been about the Spurs’ 20-game win streak, how they played like the old man at the YMCA that schools the more athletic kids with the extra pass and smart positioning. But…

  22. Thunder need to get defensive Thursday or this series is over

    May 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Spurs point guard Tony Parker celebrates his three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Scott Brooks doesn’t seem to have any answers. Neither did Vinny Del Negro or Ty Corbin. Nobody has for 20 games now. The San Antonio offense over the last month is as efficient a machine as the NBA has ever seen and unless the Thunder can find a way to slow Tony Parker and the…

  23. Thunder/Spurs Game 2: The rise of Westbrook, Harden

    May 29, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    I said going into this series Russell Westbrook was the key to Oklahoma City’s chances against the Spurs — he needs to attack off the pick-and-roll, get into the lane and finish. Or kick it out. But he needs to disrupt the Spurs defense and put a lot of points on the board in the…

  24. 5 Things to Watch: Heat-Thunder, a potential Finals preview worth playing

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

      Best in the East vs. best in the West. Nope, that’s not right. The two clearly best teams in the league. Well, no, not really with how open the West is. OK, how about just: A more-probable-than-on-average chance that these two teams will meet in the Finals. There. Sufficiently hedged. The Miami Heat and…

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