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Shane Battier

  1. The sweet validation of one Shane Courtney Battier

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    I asked a group of friends recently what the first thing they think of when they hear the name Shane Battier. Three people immediately said “Dukie.” Two people said “Defense.” And one person said “Smart.” You can throw another one on there, now. NBA Champion. Battier obtained another championship to go with his high school…

  2. Does a ring change the perception of LeBron James?

    Jun 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There is something different about LeBron James today — he is an NBA champion. He has a chip. Nobody can ever take that away from him. But s that really going to change how people feel about him? “In the information age, reputations are made and broken down more cheaply than they used to be,”…

  3. NBA Finals: Season over, but LeBron/Durant rivalry just beginning

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twice a year, and people would try to extrapolate conclusions from those biannual meetings, but there was never really anything substantial on the…

  4. NBA Finals: Mike Miller helped Heat to first championship in Big Three Era

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Miami Heat stars were excellent on Thursday night on the way to LeBron James winning his first NBA championship, but there shouldn’t have been as many people as there were who honestly thought James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh wouldn’t be able to step up when the game was on the line. There obviously…

  5. Quote of the Day: Battier gets more Duke hate than Heat hate

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    shane battier Mike Krzyzewski

    “Anti-Duke. Way more, way more. It’s a small school. I go to New York or Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C., big cities, I get some Duke love. But other than that, no Duke love.” —Shane Battier, when asked if he hears more hate for Duke or the Miami Heat.

  6. Thunder want to remind you that you counted them out before

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins

    MIAMI — Just a couple weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down 2-0 to a San Antonio Spurs team that had won 20 games in a row and looked pretty dominant doing it. Everyone was starting to picture how the Spurs matched up with the East. Four games later, the Thunder were in the…

  7. LeBron says he feels better, rest of Heat sound business like

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    MIAMI — There was a calm confidence around the Miami Heat as they went through practice Wednesday in preparation for Game 5 Thursday night. You could sense it. They may be up 3-1 with a chance to close it out, but they were business like. “Honestly, it feels like a normal prep day,” Shane Battier…

  8. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 4: Revenge of the little brother

    Jun 20, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the NBA Finals last year, Mario Chalmers hit a huge three to give the Heat the lead late vs. Dallas. It was supposed to be his moment. Finally, finally, he would be accepted, respected, celebrated. It would be about him, and his game, his shot. It was not. A blown rotation and an answer from Dallas…

  9. NBA finals Game 4: Five things the Thunder need to do to win

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook reacts with Durant and Harden as they lose to the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Miami has made its statement. Nobody ever questioned their talent, the questions were how LeBron James would deal with being back on the biggest stage, and secondly, would they bring consistent effort that they had lacked all playoffs? LeBron has been the series MVP so far and for two games in a row the Heat…

  10. Serge Ibaka: “LeBron is not a good defender.”

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat defen

    Serge, when you’re down 2-1 in the NBA finals, you may not want to rattle the cage of the opponent’s best player. But Ibaka did that and sounded like he is watching a different game than the rest of us in a quote via Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. “LeBron is not a good defender. He…

  11. Brooks coaching part of Thunder’s problems vs. Heat

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Let’s be clear about this up front — Oklahoma City is not down 2-1 in the NBA finals because of Scott Brooks alone. First and foremost Miami has brought its best defensive focus and intensity for two games now, and when they do they can even slow the Thunder. Plus, Miami has that LeBron James…

  12. NBA finals Game 3: Thunder sticking with same starters

    Jun 17, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts in the first quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    It’s good not to make a move out of panic. Even in the NBA finals, you don’t want to overreact to one loss. But if things aren’t working – for example, you’ve gotten off to slow starts in two consecutive games because your two big man starting lineup is a bad matchup — you need…

  13. 2012 NBA Finals Game 3: 20 observations as the series shifts to South Beach

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

  14. Perkins sitting key to solving Thunder’s Shane Battier problem

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    You can’t take away everything. One man cannot stop LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, you need a team defensive effort, you need bigs rotating into the paint as shot blockers. But that comes with tradeoffs. Serge Ibaka is one of the game’s best shot blockers and he has hung near the paint to protect the…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    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…

  16. NBA Finals: Heat’s Big 3 get back to basics, even up the series

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    For the sake of argument, forget about the Durant no-call for a second. Simply put, the Heat won Game 2 of the NBA Finals because all 3 of their best players went back to doing what they do best: playing off of each other, playing with energy, and, most importantly, playing near the rim. Before…

  17. NBA finals Game 2: Miami holds off… or holds on to beat Thunder

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    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

    You knew it was coming. For the first three quarters the Miami Heat played the game they needed to play to get a win in this series — LeBron James was driving the lane, Dwyane Wade looked like his old aggressive self, Chris Bosh was providing the size inside they need, the Heat defense (particularly…

  18. NBA finals Game 2: Miami picks up defense, leads 55-43 at half

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    The Miami Heat have gotten what they need. Dwyane Wade came out looking like his old self, aggressive and attacking. Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Miami had great ball movement. The Heat defense, particularly transition defense, that was missing in Game 1 was back in Game 2 as…

  19. Chris Bosh to start for Heat, Haslem to come off bench

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Bosh speaks with media in Oklahoma City

    Erik Spoelstra has stopped playing games and is now going the only direction he really can — Chris Bosh will be back in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat, he announced before Game 2 in Oklahoma City Thursday night. But unlike during much of the season when both Bosh and Udonis Haslem would start,…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT

    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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