Found June 06, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Let's start off this NBA Finals preview by dismissing the fallacy that this series will feature in the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat two vastly different teams. The San Antonio Spurs, yes, were built through the draft. And the Miami Heat, beyond doubt, were constructed because Pat Riley landed one of the most impressive free-agency coups in sports history. But the idea that tonight's Game 1 will kick off an old-school versus new-school, high-stakes culture clash misses the deeper meaning that connects both teams. At their cores the Heat and Spurs are remarkably similar. Start with each of the team's Big Threes. The pertinent fact behind both the LeBron-Wade-Bosh and Duncan-Parker-Ginobili groupings isn't that one came together through free agency and the other connected through the more organic process of building a team through the draft. What really binds them at all is that they play together in the first place. The Heat were able to turn their Big Thre...

Manu Ginobli drops incredible bounce pass to Matt Bonner

Personally, I’m still trying to figure out how San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili made this pass to Matt Bonner in the second quarter of the 2013 NBA Finals. He must be some passing wizards of sorts… *** Manu’s Nice Pass to Bonner [@BuzzFeed Sports]

Will Finals be the end for Tracy McGrady?

Just when his career was really taking off, Tracy McGrady might be calling it quits. As a member of the San Antonio Spurs this year, the two-time NBA scoring champion advanced past the first round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in his career. But he told reporters on Wednesday he would consider retirement after the NBA Finals, which begin Thursday in Miami. McGrady, 34...

Spurs rally to stun Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

MIAMI (AP) -- Tony Parker banked in a 16-footer with 5.2 seconds left for the last of his 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs stunned the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Tim Duncan had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and Manu Ginobili scored 13 points for the Spurs, who are in the finals for the first time since 2007 and are pursuing their...

Parker's shot gives Spurs 1-0 lead over Heat

One by one, Tony Parker was confronted by Miami's Big Three, surrounded even as the shot clock ticked toward zero and his San Antonio Spurs clung to a two-point lead. And just when Parker appeared to have nowhere to go, when everything was going wrong for the speedy French point guard, he did what he's done these entire playoffs, and his entire career for that matter. He...

Spurs - Heat Game One: Take, Not Steal

Or Tear Paper As part of my gym self-punishment for missing days early in the month, I spent a solid hour reading the captioned audio of the ESPN pre-game, whiling away treadmill miles while various blow-dried heads talked about how important Boris Diaw is. (Hint: he's not! Mostly because he's fat, slow and useless!) But as my physical and karmic pain intensified, it seemed...

Report: Justin Bieber Refused to Be Photographed at Miami Heat Game Until Team Dancer Was Brought Over

Call me a belieber — that Justin Bieber probably isn’t such a nice guy. On Monday, the pop star was seen attending Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals at America Airlines Arena in Miami, sporting an all-leather getup that attracted much attention itself. For the game Bieber was seated next to a young woman apparently just by coincidence, but dragged her into the fray...

Tony Parker beats shot clock buzzer on clutch basket (Video)

Tony Parker was a star for the San Antonio Spurs in their 92-88 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, and he made a controversial, clutch shot in the final seconds of the game. The Heat had closed the gap and made it a two-point game in the [...]

Tony Parker sinks Heat in Game One

The Heat had lost their lead. They had lost their mojo and momentum. They had committed turnovers and could not quite get going on the right foot in transition. Miami played well, but found themselves in dire straights. There was LeBron James guarding Tony Parker one on one with time ticking away. The Heat, struggling to contain Parker throughout the night, changed the defensive...

Heat vs Spurs: The Battle for Basketball's Soul

The Spurs are more than just a couple of superstars: they're a team. (Credit) I don’t believe in destiny, but I do believe in symmetry. Sports stories don’t just go away without resolution, especially not in basketball, a league driven by storylines more than any other. Every stolen MVP, every questionable coaching decision, every "WTF?!?!" trade, and every historically...

Spurs vs. Heat: A Quantitative and Qualitative Finals Preview

The NBA Finals match is finally set between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. Much has already been hyped for the matchup: The Spurs returning to the finals in six years, the Heat playing in their third straight finals. Pushing out all the dramatic storylines, it’s time to see what the numbers tell us about these two teams and how things could play out on the basketball...

2013 NBA Finals Preview

“Peter Holt and I talked about getting together in the Finals in 2000,” Miami Heat managing general partner Mickey Arison said during Monday night’s Eastern Conference Championship trophy presentation. “It took fourteen years, but we’re looking forward to welcoming San Antonio to Miami.” While this specific match-up might not be fourteen years in the making, [...]
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