SAN ANTONIO — The incredible four-year run to the NBA Finals by the Miami Heat came to an end Sunday in San Antonio 104-87 in game five. The Spurs are the 2014 champions of basketball after dissecting the Heat in five games. Last year, the same two teams met in the NBA Finals with the Heat prevailing in seven games.
You might recall in game six of last year’s Finals, with the Spurs leading the Heat three games to two, the Heat rallied from five points down with 28 seconds left to force overtime. Miami not only won in overtime; they captured game seven 92-90. Continue Reading →
SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James, after being castigated in social media circles following game one of the NBA Finals because he got hydrated and could not finish the game, helped the Miami Heat get even with San Antonio 1-1 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. James was like a bull in a china shop in San Antonio, using his powerful, intimidating physical style driving the lane, scoring inside and out for 35 points and 10 rebounds. Miami escaped the Alamo with a battle-tested 98-96 win to even the Finals. It was the 13th straight win by the Heat following a playoff loss. The loss for the Spurs, after routing the Heat 110-95 in game one, the night the air-conditioning failed with hot, humid, muggy, 92-degree temps outside the AT&T Center, ended their eight-game NBA-record playoff streak of winning by 15 points or more. Continue Reading →
Thanks to Donald Sterling, the banned-for-life LA Clippers’ owner, these NBA Finals will be the most overshadowed Championship Series ever, even though we have a rematch of last year’s Finals when the Miami Heat beat San Antonio four games to three to repeat as NBA Champions. The Eastern Conference was a fraud this year, and because of it the Heat stand in position to win a third-straight title, barely having broken a sweat to reach their fourth-straight Finals by sweeping Charlotte 4-0, taking down Brooklyn 4-1, and beating Indiana 4-2, having to overcome only a blow in the ear. The Heat join the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers as the only franchises to have reached the NBA Finals four years in a row. Led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have delivered for Miami and are in pursuit of a three-peat. When these playoffs began, 16 teams started on a mission to win the NBA Championship. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →