Players react to LeBron’s injury and air-conditioning issues for Game 1 in San Antonio

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Players were rolling ice bags on their neck and head during and after Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Tim Duncan said he hasn’t played in this type of heat since he left the Virgin Islands. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played under highly-unusual conditions, as the air conditioning in the AT&T Center stopped functioning due to electrical issues, according to Tim Reynolds of The AP: [Read more…]

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Bauman: James’ Confidence as Shooter Will Be Difference in 2014 Finals

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How will the San Antonio Spurs guard LeBron James? Exactly one year ago, as the 2013 NBA Finals were about to tip off in Miami, the above inquiry was the question. After all, what is the most effective way to defend such a powerful, explosive, unselfish all-around threat? If you paid attention to the epic series as it unfolded last season, you are well aware of the San Antonio Spurs’ strategy: Make LeBron James into an indecisive player by sagging off of him. Force

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Tweet of the Day: Player Reactions To All NBA Teams

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Wednesday the All-NBA Teams were announced, and with them came a slew of congratulatory, confused and frustrated tweets. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all vote getters as the lone unanimous selection to the First Team, followed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Much to the chagrin of 124 NBA writers with voting privileges, Chris Sheridan, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, was the lone vote preventing

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Bernucca: If Spurs Win, Popovich is the Coach of All Time

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It’s a good thing NBA media members voted for Gregg Popovich as Coach of the Year. Because if the San Antonio Spurs win the championship, we won’t want to look back at the voting 20 years from now and wonder how the man who pulled off perhaps the greatest single-season coaching job in league history didn’t win the award. I didn’t believe Popovich was the Coach of the Year. I thought the award should have gone to Jeff Hornacek of Phoenix, who

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Tweet of the Day: Magic Johnson Gives His NBA Finals Insight

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Having been to nine NBA Finals, winner of five, Earvin “Magic” Johnson is more of an expert on what it takes to make it to the promised land than most, save for Bill Russell and Phil Jackson, among only a select few others. With the start of the 2014 NBA Finals just days away, Magic took to Twitter to share some insight into what it is going to take for the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat to win.  [Read more…]

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Debunking the Spurs’ Home Court Advantage, Predicting NBA Finals

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Will this be the third time NBA fans are treated to this scene? Home Court Advantage? Some in the media are falling too much in love with the regular season standings and statistics, as if the regular season really mattered to either of the teams in the NBA Finals. Some pundits are touting the San Antonio Spurs as being a superior road team because they had the best road record (30-11) during the regular season. That is bunk. First of

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NBA Players React to All-Defensive Teams

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2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah led all vote getters for the NBA All-Defensive First Team. The NBA released the 2014 All-Defensive teams Monday afternoon. Leading the charge was the 2014 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who led all vote getters. He was the only player to get triple-digit votes for the First Team, tallying 105 such votes as well as another 13 Second Team votes

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PODCAST: Fans in Cleveland rooting for Heat to lose; LeBron to return

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Fans in Cleveland are willing to forgive and forget. OK, maybe not forget. But they will forgive. And that is why this year’s NBA Finals will be watched extra closely in northeast Ohio, with Cavs fans hoping that a failure to win a third straight title will give the Cavaliers a chance at re-signing LeBron James when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. If the Heat win, nobody expects any of their Big Three to leave — especially when they

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