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  1. Everybody keeps asking Ray Allen about “The Shot.” He’s cool with that.

    Sep 10, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    If you were Ray Allen, wouldn’t you want to talk about the biggest shot of your career? Allen hit a step-back three with 5.2 seconds left that tied Game 6 of the NBA Finals and saved the Miami Heat’s title chances. Miami had looked dead in the water seconds before but Chris Bosh got the…

  2. Shane Battier understands this could be his last NBA season

    Sep 10, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Shane Battier screams after scoring against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Shane Battier is 35 years old. And in the last year of his contract. And went through a terrible shooting slump (5-of-31) through the playoffs and NBA Finals last season that saw his role shrink (although he exploded for six threes in the Heat’s Game 7 win). Combined, those are all signs that retirement is…

  3. Shane Battier has his second championship ring sized for his middle finger, just like his first

    Sep 4, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    There doesn’t really seem to be a whole lot of Shane Battier hate out there in the world, but in case the player who has now won two championships as a member of the Miami Heat runs into someone who isn’t a fan, he’ll be able to silently display both of his rings by raising…

  4. NBA to install high-tech data cameras in all 29 arenas

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Last season 15 NBA teams had partnered with STATS LLC to put special motion-tracking cameras that record every move a player makes several times a second. It’s a flood of information but it can be useful — the information can tell you how well a player shoots after two dribbles vs. a catch-and-shoot, then it…

  5. Shane Battier celebrated Heat’s NBA championship at… Denny’s?

    Jun 21, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

    From @ShaneBattier on twitter

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Gabriel Union, pretty much every Miami celebrity you can name was celebrating the Heat’s second championship at Story Nightclub after the game Thursday. They even let Drake in. (I don’t know why either, but they did.) But not Shane Battier, he and some friends went to… Denny’s? Yes. Denny’s. Denny's.…

  6. Your unexpected hero: Shane Battier drains six three-pointers in Heat win

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:28 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    “Reports of my demise were premature. That’s my opening statement.” Those were the first words Shane Battier spoke when he went to the podium in the interview room after playing a key role in the Heat’s 95-88 Game 7 win over the Spurs. The last Game 7 the Heat were in — a couple weeks…

  7. Heat beat Spurs in epic Game 7 to win 2013 NBA title

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA champions. And the Spurs made them earn every last bit of that second straight title. In a game fitting of what we’ve come to expect from these two teams in this series, LeBron James put on a jump-shooting display that resulted in his scoring 37 points,…

  8. Heat lead Spurs 46-44 at halftime of Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade shoots over Spurs' Green during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat are out to a 46-44 lead over the Spurs at halftime of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. One of the things we planned on looking for heading into this one was the level of play, and whether due to the accumulation of a season’s worth of fatigue or the magnitude…

  9. NBA Finals Game 7 Spurs vs. Heat: Miami earns repeat title in dramatic Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Wade pause during a break in play against the Spurs during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    The Miami Heat are back-to-back NBA Champions, but the San Antonio Spurs made them earn every last bit of it. It was a hard-fought if not always pretty Game 7, but LeBron James finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 95-88 win. LeBron was rightfully named NBA Finals MVP. He…

  10. A look back at LeBron’s Game 7s… he wins when he gets help

    Jun 20, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James runs downcourt after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    LeBron James has never before been in an NBA Finals Game 7. Which isn’t a shock, there are not many of those. But he has been in four Game 7s before, and when you look back at them you see a pretty unmistakable pattern — he puts up good numbers, but he only wins when…

  11. NBA Finals Game 6: Heat comeback in fourth, win in overtime to force Game 7

    Jun 18, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    That was a great game. And Game 7 sets up to be something special. For three quarters San Antonio’s execution was too much for Miami and the Spurs entered the fourth up 10 (75-65) and just 12 minutes away from a title. Tim Duncan had been a force, with countermoves spinning Chris Bosh around and…

  12. Expect to see some Birdman back in Heat rotation Tuesday

    Jun 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-TRAINING

    Miami has gone very small against the Spurs — and it worked at first, the Heat won a game and forced the Spurs to adjust to them. However a consequence of that has been Chris Andersen has slid out of the rotation. The Birdman’s size was key against the large Pacers front line last series,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. Shane Battier has one more year on contract then may retire

    Jun 11, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Heat Basketball

    At age 34, Shane Battier has had a good NBA career — 12 seasons, one NBA championship (at least), he was the college player of the year, and he’s made a little more than $53 million. He has one more year left on his contract and he told Sam Amick of the USA Today that…

  17. Heat get their own D-League team

    Jun 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard, Dwyane Wade, Jarvis Varnado

    The Miami Heat surely have designs of contending for championships for the next several years, even though LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can each become free agents in any of the next three offseasons after this one. Of course, the Heat plan to keep all three, and at this point, losing them would…

  18. NBA Finals Game 2: Heat even series with 103-84 win

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    Spurs'  Duncan and Heat's Battier battle for the ball during Game 1 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    This was a close game for most of three quarters — then the Heat went on one of their runs. It was 62-61 Spurs with 3:50 left in the third quarter and the Heat went on a 34-5 run that just blew the game wide open. The final score was 103-84 and the final five…

  19. Chauncey Billups wins inaugural NBA Teammate of the Year award

    Jun 9, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    Whether he was in uniform or in a suit on the sidelines as he recovered from a torn Achilles, a lot of Clippers players would turn to Chauncey Billups for advice. How to deal with certain defenses, how to cover particular players, whatever it was he was like another assistant coach for the team. So…

  20. NBA Finals Spurs vs. Heat Game 2 preview: The return of the aggressive Heat

    Jun 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    MIAMI — The Spurs know what’s coming. Talking to them Saturday after practice they fully expect the Heat to come out much more aggressive, particularly on defense — Miami will trap, jump passing lanes and try to turn the Spurs over. In Game 1 the Heat respected Tony Parker and didn’t try to trap him…

  21. Dwyane Wade admits it: Game 2 is must win for Miami

    Jun 8, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Everyone else danced around the question. Game 2 is important because all NBA Finals games are important, most Heat players said. Which is true. But some games are more important than others. Just think if if Miami drops its first two games at home… “We’re not a team that really says too much,…

  22. NBA Finals Game 1: Spurs win fourth quarter, win game 92-88

    Jun 6, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Miami was up by three points heading into the fourth quarter but the Spurs were the better team when it mattered — San Antonio had zero turnovers in the quarter, Miami had 5. The Heat shot just 27.8 percent in the fourth quarter and Chris Bosh was 1-of-5 from the floor. Combine that with great…

  23. Quote of the Day: Shane Battier compares benching to “turd sandwich”

    Jun 5, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Heat Basketball

    “Sometimes you’ve got to eat a turd sandwich. Makes the rib eye taste better next time.” —Shane Battier of the Miami Heat, talking about his decreasing role and eventual benching in Game 7 against the Pacers last round. Via the twitter of Tim Reynolds of the AP. Battier lost his role as the Heat had…

  24. LeBron’s Game 7 history shows he needs help for Heat to advance

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Monday night is just number four. For some reason it feels like LeBron James has been in more Game 7s in his career, but there have been just three. Two came with the Cavaliers, one with the Heat last season. And if you are going to draw one conclusion from those three games and extrapolate…

  25. Pacers/Heat Game 7 preview: Win or go home

    Jun 3, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Heat's James and Pacers' Stephenson prepare to play during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    The Miami Heat are at home, they have the swagger that comes with having hung a banner, they are battle tested, and they have the best player in the world on their team. He’s the trump card. The Indiana Pacers are confident, they have the blueprint on how to win against the Heat, they are…

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