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In San Antonio, its all about the name on the front of the jersey.
Apologies to Gary Neal, but this was all part of the plan.
The San Antonio Spurs reserve guard scored 24 points last night in a historic 113 – 77 blow out of the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Before last night, Neal was relatively unknown, and by the time the game was over, he was a part of NBA lore. Perfect.
That’s just the way the Spurs want it. Let the world focus on the out-of-nowhere, spectacular shooter for the next two days. It doesn’t matter. Its all part of the San Antonio design. The Spurs organization is built not on Gary Neal, but on proverbial Gary Neals.
These are players who are ready and willing to do their jobs when asked. These are players who don’t care who gets the credit as long as the team gets the win. These are the Spurs. Gary Neal is a Spur.
And what makes these Spurs so hard to plan for, so hard to stop, is that on any given night, someone else on the roster will be Gary Neal. Heck...
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During the 4th quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, two things were trending worldwide on Twitter.
One was "LeBron's Game 3."
That's understandable. King James was flat out terrible Tuesday night.
The other..."Gary Neal."
Chances are, if you don't live near the Riverwalk, you are not very familiar with the Spurs guard.
But ... now you are...
As time was running down in the first half of game three of the 2013 NBA Finals, Spurs guard Gary Neal continued his hot shooting by draining a buzzer-beating three pointer.
Watch as Mike Breen of ESPN drops his customary “bang call” as the buzzer sounds:
Neal beats buzzer to end first half [Point Forward]
The San Antonio Spurs responded to their Game 2 beatdown by distributing one of their own in Game 3.
During the second half of Game 3, the Miami Heat were lifeless as they watched the Spurs set an NBA Finals record for 3-point buckets with 16.
The 113-77 thrashing was spearheaded by big nights from both Danny Green and Gary Neal.
Green chalked up with 27 points while Neal contributed...
The Spurs were up by 10 late in the 2nd quarter but the Miami Heat made a run and tied up the score with 44 seconds left. Tony Parker then hit a three pointer. On the following possession Danny Green blocked LeBron James and the Spurs went on the fast break.
Duncan threw a perfect outlet pass to Tony Parker, who then found Gary Neal wide open on the wing. Neal nailed the three right...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- From big 3s to Big Three, the Spurs had it all in the NBA Finals' raucous return to San Antonio.
Danny Green made seven of the Spurs' finals-record 16 3-pointers, Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs clobbered the Miami Heat 113-77 on Tuesday night to take 2-1 lead in the series.
Green scored 27 points and Gary Neal made six 3-pointers...
Game 3 of the 2013 NBA finals was a blowout. Relive the moments from this game as the NBA released the following video from Game 3. The Spurs a NBA finals record by making 16 three pointers. Most of the makes came from Gary Neal and Danny Green.
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Danny Green scored 27 points, Gary Neal added 24 and the San Antonio Spurs set an NBA Finals record with 16 3-pointers in a 113-77 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that gave them a 2-1 series lead.
Green hit seven of nine 3s, Neal was six for 10 from deep and Tim Duncan chipped in 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who responded to a 19-point drubbing in Game 2...
Between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, there are anywhere from six to eight future Hall of Famers stepping on the court each night. LeBron James is the best player in the world. Tony Parker is the best playoff point guard since I’m not even sure who. Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward [...]The post This Really Happened: Gary Neal, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Mike...
SAN ANTONIO The Miami Heat messed up history two years ago. Theyll have to do it again if they expect to win a second straight NBA title.
Since the 2-3-2 format began in the NBA Finals in 1985, when the series is tied 1-1, the team that won Game 3 has taken the title 12 of 13 times. The only exception was Miami winning Game 3 in 2011 but losing 4-2 to Dallas.
On Tuesday night...
It is difficult to believe if you've never seen it actually happen, but unguarded NBA players in practice situations can regularly make 10, 15, maybe 20, 3-pointers in a row. Not all of them, of course, but the best shooters have gotten their stroke down to such a thoughtless mechanism that making an undisturbed 3-pointer is something like brewing a cup of coffee.
And if that...
Danny Green and Gary Neal have been sparkplugs or San Antonio. (Photo credit)
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Through the first three games of the NBA Finals, Danny Green, Gary Neal, and Kawhi Leonard have scored as many points (130) as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Let that sink in for a moment.
We've seen a disturbing trend over the past few years, one we...
After a highly competitive Game 1, the last two games of the NBA Finals have started close and ended in massive blowouts. In Game 2, it was the Heat pulling away from the Spurs, while in Game 3, the Spurs put on a three-point shooting display, led by Danny Green and Gary Neal to beat the Heat by 36. I am rooting for the Spurs but tonight, more than that, I am rooting for another...
Whoa. I think most people expected this to be a long series, but for those who expected Miami to breeze to a 2nd straight title — consider yourself warned.
The Spurs walloped the Heat 113-77 behind monster performances from Gary Neal (24 points) and Danny Green (27 points, 7-9 3 PT FG). Yes you read that correctly. However, while those two were the offensive stars, they may...