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NBA playoffs are coming

It disappoints me greatly to say that the Timberwolves (38-38) have missed the playoffs again. After nine straight years in the NBA lottery, they were a lot better this year but not close to being good enough. The Western Conference again is loaded with deep-talented teams even though the Eastern Conference has delivered the NBA Champion back to back with the Miami Heat the last two years. I believe the NBA Champion in 2014, however, will come out of the rugged Western Conference. They have five teams with 50 wins or more. Continue Reading →

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NBA Finals — Spurs lead 3-2



SAN ANTONIO — One day the San Antonio Spurs will finally receive the credit they so richly deserve. The Spurs’ big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have won 457 games together — fifth best all-time as a trio. Sixteen consecutive years the Spurs have had a winning road record, the best in league history. Fourteen consecutive years the Spurs have won 50 or more games. Since 1997-98 they have had the best record in major professional sports: 888-376. Continue Reading →

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Here we go — Finals even 1-1!



MIAMI — Covering my 25th NBA Finals and the very last for legendary Commissioner David Stern, I have to be prepared for the unexpected, like being in the middle of tropical storm Andrea, which caused flooding in many areas of south Florida. Stern, after 30 years on the job, suggested at his final news conference that the Miami vs. San Antonio match-up is the most anticipated NBA Finals in 30 years. He does know his basketball, and he has done a remarkable job of improving the product and the global demand of the NBA. When you consider that 215 countries are enjoying the Finals in 47 languages, Stern might be right. Continue Reading →

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To flop or not worries men more than women players



“Flopping” has been a part of basketball since the Flintstones. Lately it’s become a hot issue for NBA male players, but in the W there appears to be little concern. This season, 19 NBA players were warned about flopping, which is when a player intentionally falls down while guarding an offensive player to draw a foul. Five of these players were fined $5,000. Seven more got hit during the playoffs. Continue Reading →

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It’s Heat vs. Spurs in NBA finals



Thursday, June 6 the  begin in Miami for the third-straight year. The Miami Heat have won the Eastern Conference and will play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy against the San Antonio Spurs. Miami was pushed to the limit a seventh and decisive game against the Indiana Pacers. The Heat dominated game seven, winning 99-74. To win the series four games to three, the Pacers, you might recall, had a one-point lead in game one with two seconds left and allowed LeBron James to catch an inbound pass and drive for a game-winning lay-up. Continue Reading →

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NBA Final Four: Spurs and Grizzlies, Heat and Pacers



When the 2013 NBA playoffs began, there were 16 teams positioned to make a run for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Now we are down to the final four — San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. The Western Conference Finals saw the Spurs’ big 105-83 win over Memphis in game one, while the champion Miami Heat will start Wednesday with Indiana in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are in the Eastern Finals for the third year in a row. It just so happens that this is the third year of the decision that brought LeBron James to Miami. Continue Reading →

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The Heat is on — 66-16-REPEAT?



LeBron James will be the NBA’s Most Valuable Player — that is no secret. It might be unanimous! James averaged 27.0 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game. And his team, the Miami Heat, are the defending NBA Champions. And with the NBA playoffs underway as of April 20, the Heat are heavy favorites to reach the Finals for the third straight year. Continue Reading →

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Heat set franchise record



Suddenly there’s no stopping the World Champion Miami Heat. Being around this group after they dismantled the under-manned Minnesota Timberwolves 97-81, it’s apparent their main objective Monday night at Target Center before 18,391 fans was to win and not get trapped in a snowstorm. “We saw the forecast,” said Dwyane Wade, who scored a game-high 32 points and 10 assists. “We heard it might be coming.”

The defending NBA Champions did not play their best game, with 23 turnovers; but with the Timberwolves’ injury issues, having three starters out, the Heat had to be ready for a fight. A frustrated J.J. Barea, who was just one of 11 from the field, finally lost his cool in the fourth quarter. Continue Reading →

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West is best in NBA All-Star shootout, 143-138


HOUSTON — When you get four starters in an All-Star game from the same city, that’s a big advantage. And boy, did the West make the East stars pay for the third straight year. The West stars shined the brightest in a 143-138 shootout in Houston. Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard were all voted as starters for the West. They all play for the Los Angeles Lakers-Clippers, and all four made large contributions to the West’s win. Continue Reading →

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