During one of Team USA’s exhibition games prior to the World Cup, international basketball aficionado Fran Fraschilla had a simplistic but telling observation. Fraschilla said that no team at the World Cup will have as many NBA players than Team USA. That is a big advantage. Another big advantage Team USA has it that it can afford to let down for brief stretches of games. Other teams cannot. Lithuania coach Jonas Kaslauskas had firsthand experience with that dynamic in Thursday’s semifinal. After playing
The latest version of Team USA that is preparing to defend its title at the World Cup of Basketball in Spain is much bigger than previous editions. But is it better? Previous American squads were built around perimeter players such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, none of whom are here this time around. The stud of this squad appears to be Anthony Davis, who was entering his senior year of high school when the last World Cup was
These are the final 5 Fast Facts of the 2013-14 NBA season. Unfortunately, that also means that Sunday, une 15 was the final day of the 2013-14 NBA season. A brief moment of silence. And we’re back. The San Antonio Spurs capped off what has been one of the most eventful seasons in NBA history by winning an improbable championship. Despite possessing a roster that’s been referred to as too old and the harmful memory of a disappointing 2013 Finals result, the Spurs were the
The legendary and ultra-competitive first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs is a very distant memory. Very distant. The 2014 NBA Finals continued on Thursday, June 12 with the San Antonio Spurs holding a 2-1 series lead over the Miami Heat. With its backs against the wall, Miami looked to take a game at home to even things up before Game 5 heads back to San Antonio. Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.
The 2014 NBA Finals continued on Tuesday, June 10 with the most lopsided game of the series. Despite entering Game 3 with things tied up at 1-1, one team came out red-hot and the other simply couldn’t compete with their historic offensive attack. Here’s how Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals transpired. 1. Kawhi Leonard had his coming-out-party as the San Antonio Spurs went on the road to blow out the Miami Heat 111-92. Leonard finished with a career-high 29 points on 10-of-13
As the NBA Finals shift from the pizza oven of San Antonio to the curtain-like humidity of Miami, should we be surprised that the Heat and Spurs split the first two games? Not really. The teams split the first two games in Miami a year ago, and it looks like they are settling into what should be another long series to decide the NBA champion. But that doesn’t mean the series hasn’t been without surprises thus far.
Let’s call it how it was: the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals were relatively underwhelming. Fortunately, the 2014 NBA Finals have righted all past wrongs with some outstanding competition. Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals took place on Sunday, June 8. Fresh off of the infamous cramp-and-air-conditioning incident, LeBron James erupted with a monster performance as the Miami Heat looked to avoid a 2-0 hole against the home team San Antonio Spurs. Here’s everything that transpired.
It was unbelievably hot in the AT&T Center on Thursday night. I know because I was there. And while LeBron James was cramping up, the San Antonio Spurs were heating up. In the fourth quarter of Game 1, the Spurs shot 14-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-6 from 3-point range, and turned a close game into a 110-95 runaway. So does San Antonio have the upper hand? Yes – but perhaps not for long. In the “Big Three” Era, Miami is a