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  1. Which teams could crash the Thunder/Heat finals next year?

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    These finals didn’t feel like a one-time thing. One year from now the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder could well be back on the NBA’s biggest stage. This is a budding rivalry. Between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Between the flashy East Coast city and the solid Midwestern city. Miami’s stars are in their…

  2. 2012 NBA Finals Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade and the aura of two

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade goes up for basket past Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook and Perkins during Game 4 of NBA basketball finals in Miami

    It’s not going to mean to him what it means to LeBron James. It can’t. He didn’t go through the suffering year after year. He didn’t face the constant questions, the constant criticism. No matter what, Wade had cemented his legacy in his third season. He had a ring, and once you hit that level,…

  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. Video: Miami Heat rain down threes on Thunder

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    It has always been the fear of other teams facing the Miami Heat — with two of the best dribble penetration guys in the league in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, if they their shooters started knocking down threes they were going to be unbeatable. As evidence, we present you every three from the Heat’s…

  5. Thunder learn one more painful lesson, talk about taking one more step

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    To a man, as they hugged the Larry O’Brien trophy, Miami Heat players said the sting of losing in the finals last year drove them to their win this year. They felt the pain, absorbed the lessons and got better. As the clock was winding down and the party was winding up inside AmericanAirlines Arena…

  6. 2012 NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 5: Thy Kingdom Come

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:27 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    “We learn little from victory, much from defeat.” – Japanese proverb “It’s about damn time.” –  LeBron James on winning the NBA championship He’s there. After the Heat’s 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, he’s finally there. LeBron James has reached the place where so few stars reach. He is certified. He is bonafide. He is…

  7. Video: Nike Basketball celebrates LeBron’s first title

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:14 AM EDT

    lebron finals

    Immediately following the Heat’s Game 5 victory over the Thunder that sealed their 2012 NBA championship, Nike released this video celebrating LeBron James‘ role in the accomplishment. The video is entitled “The Ring Maker,” and is described in the official release like this: “To honor one of LeBron’s finest career achievements, Nike launched a new…

  8. 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…

  9. Miami Heat are your NBA champions, rout Thunder 121-106; LeBron MVP

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The King has his ring. Finally playing like the team the rest of the league feared Miami Heat roared to an NBA title Thursday night. NBA finals LeBron James had a triple double in the biggest game of his career, Heat role players drained threes like they were layups, the Heat offense fired on all…

  10. NBA finals Game 5: Heat look like team on mission, lead 59-49 at half

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There were long stretches in previous playoff rounds where the Heat just were not focused. Where they took games and quarters off. It cost them. But after the first game of the NBA finals ended, the Heat have stepped up every game. And in Game 5, with the chance to close out the Thunder and…

  11. NBA finals pre-Game 5 notes: Harden’s hand and some coach speak

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    MIAMI — Some notes from inside the AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 5 between the Thunder and Heat: • Thunder coach Scott Brooks said James Harden and his bruised left hand were “fine.” “He bruised his left hand, but he’s not affected,” Brooks said. “That kid is as tough as anybody on our team. He understands…

  12. Coach K on Olympic team: “I know LeBron will play”

    Jun 21, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    LeBron James Team USA

    Mike Krzyzewski has some tough decisions to make about the upcoming Team USA squad for the London Olympics — do you bring in a second true center behind Tyson Chandler or do you go “small” with Kevin Love in that role? But there are some easy decisions, too. “I know LeBron will play,” Krzyzewski told…

  13. Multiple parties deny report of new Heat television deal

    Jun 21, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    June 21, 3:23 pm: There have been multiple denials that there are any talks going on between the Heat and Fox Sports. One source reached out to PBT saying there have been no discussions as suggested in the Forbes article (seen below). Later came this official statement from Fox Sports. “There’s no truth to that…

  14. Juwan Howard might “shed a tear” for LeBron if Heat win

    Jun 21, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Heat players Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller joke around during a team practice at the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    LeBron James has always been a popular teammate. The guys in the locker room in Cleveland and Miami genuinely like him, see him as one of the guys and not aloof like some superstars. That includes the Heat’s senior statesmen Juwan Howard. He spoke with the Palm Beach Post about it after shootaround Wednesday before…

  15. NBA finals Game 5, Thunder—Heat: Five things to watch

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    By the fifth game of an NBA series, there are not a lot of surprises left. There is no magical adjustment or lineup that hasn’t already been tried. The coaches have played their cards, made their tweaks, figured out the matchups they want and don’t want. It’s about execution. That’s where we stand heading into…

  16. Spoelstra on LeBron, Heat: “You can’t win unless you win”

    Jun 21, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    No matter what decision LeBron James made after “the decision” he could not win. Every move, every choice following his entrance to Miami was going to be scrutinized and criticized. That’s not going to stop if the Miami Heat win the NBA title with a Game 5 win Thursday night. But it might slow down.…

  17. Kobe Bryant still king of international NBA jersey sales

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is still the biggest brand in the NBA. Others are in line for his crown, but if you want to use an NBA star to sell shoes or soft drink or whatever internationally, Kobe is the gold standard. And he can sell jerseys, too. The league announced the top NBA jersey sales internationally…

  18. How LeBron James found his focus these playoffs

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat player LeBron James attends a

    LeBron James plays his best when he is comfortable. He’s not wired like a Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett, who turn insults real and perceived into fuel that motivates them and gets them into their zone. LeBron needs to tune out the outside world to get in his zone, and in playoff runs past he…

  19. James Harden has bruised hand, will play in Game 5

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    Thunder sixth man James Harden is going to play in Game 5. The Thunder need him to start playing well, but that’s another issue. Thunder officials confirm Harden has a bruised hand but that it is not severe and he will go on Thursday night in Miami. The injury took place during Game 4 Tuesday…

  20. 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…

  21. Reflective LeBron admits he was “immature” last year

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — This was a different LeBron James. The LeBron James that went through practice and spoke with the media Wednesday was different from the one at last year’s finals — a more mature, more relaxed LeBron who was comfortable in his own skin in a way he simply was not before. Different than the…

  22. Thunder try to keep heads high, but Game 4 was a punch to the gut

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden

    What frustrates its players and fans most is Oklahoma City is not getting blown out of the NBA finals. They may be down 3-1 in the series but every game has been close — in total points it is Heat +5 though four games. That’s it. But it didn’t feel like that in the Thunder…

  23. LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have. Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar. LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a…

  24. 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…

  25. NBA finals Game 4: LeBron, Heat play through pain to reach brink of a title

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    One year ago, the Miami Heat were ahead 2-1 in the finals against Dallas and up 9 points in Game 4. Then they learned some very painful lessons. This year, the Heat were again up 2-1 and this time were down 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Adding to their woes, LeBron James was on the…

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