Bauman: Five everlasting memories from 2013 NBA Finals

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The 2012-13 NBA Finals were a sight to behold. Long. Epic. Utterly unpredictable from game to game, quarter to quarter. The door was seemingly slammed shut by San Antonio… yet somehow reopened and slammed shut by Miami. Here are five everlasting memories of the phenomenal basketball from one of the most inspirationally played championship series ever: 5. Game 6 and Game 7 won’t be forgotten / Spurs veteran trio not enough / Heat too hungry to contain: Game 6 won’t soon be forgotten. Neither will Game 7. Tim

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StatBox NBA Finals Breakdown: Please stop comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan

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With all the success LeBron James has had over the last several years, it’s only natural that he would be compared with the all-time greats, especially given the constant noise of the 24-hour news cycle. If LeBron James will ultimately go down as the greatest player who ever lived, that would mean (naturally) that he was better than Michael Jordan. After his performance over the last two games, especially in Tuesday’s 36-point defeat to San Antonio in Game 3 of the

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Heisler: Will the real LeBron James please stand up?

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Where have you gone, LeBron James? Before getting into the search for the Bron who averaged 30-8-8 in February, looking like a full peer of Michael Jordan, I’d like to make clear that I have nothing against the guy. This is important with so many fans who hate Bron, and so many press people who alternate between savaging him when he loses and prostrating themselves before him when he wins. Even if it means savaging him Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and prostrating

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Bernucca: Despite split, Spurs may be in trouble

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The San Antonio Spurs might be in trouble. On the surface, things appear to be OK. The Spurs have executed their defensive game plan, which is to turn LeBron James into a passer. They have prevented the Miami Heat from turning either game into an extended relay race. And most important, they secured a split of the first two games as the road team, which is practically mandatory in the 2-3-2 format of the NBA Finals. Beneath the surface, however, the Spurs

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StatBox NBA Finals Breakdown: How Miami won even before the run

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Even before a preposterous third and fourth quarter run, the Miami Heat had already gotten back into a great position in its NBA Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs. Through the changes and adjustments made by the Heat during the first three quarters of Game 2, they had already erased the bad mistakes and trends that ended up haunting them in Game 1. Sure, the result was a 103-84 blowout win for Miami over San Antonio, but margin of victory

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Video: Which Role Players Will Play the Biggest Roles?

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Shane Battier was benched in Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers. Will he re-emerge as a key component for the Miami Heat, or will his minutes be handed over to Norris Cole — perhaps the only guard on the Miami roster who has the speed to defend Tony Parker end-to-end? And for the San Antonio Spurs, there has been a lot of talk about championship experience. But when you look a little deeper, that argument doesn’t hold water.

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