(Reuters) – Having been down that agonizing road a year ago, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan understands that until the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are eliminated from the NBA Finals they still have a pulse.
“We know the caliber team they are, and we have a lot of respect for what they’re able to do,” said Duncan, the Spurs’ 38-year-old spiritual leader and 14-time All-Star.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Chris Bosh is so accustomed to taking a backseat to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade that he sometimes believes the Miami Heat’s Big Three should be called the Big 2.5.
And he’s all right with it.
“Validating yourself is a constant process,” he said. “I really let that go a long time ago. I don’t care about those things. I just care about the game.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The NBA champion Miami Heat, boosted by LeBron James’ 35 points defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in the NBA Finals on Sunday to level the best-of-seven series at one game each.
The Heat were trailling 93-92 with 2:25 remaining then scored the next six points to take a 98-93 lead before a three-pointer by the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili at the final buzzer ended the scoring.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The Miami Heat have won 12 straight playoff games following a loss, a streak they will need to keep alive on Sunday to avoid going into an ominous 0-2 hole against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
LeBron James credits postseason experience for the team’s ability to bounce back, while Dwyane Wade says the chief reason is more a product of X’s and O’s on the chalkboard.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The list of things the San Antonio Spurs did superbly in the opening game of the NBA Finals is textbook: shooting, defense, rebounding and assists.
But coach Gregg Popovich knows that the Spurs will not beat the Miami Heat over a full series and claim their first championship since 2007 if they cannot control turnovers.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – LeBron James insisted he will be “100 percent” for Game Two of the NBA Finals on Sunday after being forced from the series opener during crunch time against the San Antonio Spurs.
James received two and a half bags of intravenous fluids after the Spurs’ 110-95 victory on Thursday because of leg cramps he suffered midway through the fourth quarter.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – LeBron James may have been the only casualty but the sauna-like conditions in Game One of the NBA Finals caused a lot of pain, frustration and dehydration.
Even the fans were not spared from the steamy conditions when an electrical outage caused the air conditioning to fail at the AT&T Center on Thursday.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Some torrid fourth-quarter shooting led by Danny Green lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a come-from-behind 110-95 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the final period as the Spurs hit 14-of-16 shots, including all six from beyond the arc, turning a seven-point deficit into a runaway victory.
(Reuters) – Now that the verbal sparring is over, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are ready to get down to business on Thursday with the opening game of the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
San Antonio power forward Tim Duncan has all-but guaranteed a victory after the team suffered a heartbreaking, seven-game loss to Miami in the finals a year ago.
(Reuters) – The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to avenge last year’s agonizing loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals when the two teams return for a best-of-seven showdown that Hall of Famer Jerry West compares to an all-out brawl.
“It’s going to be a knockdown, tough battle for both teams,” the former Los Angeles Lakers guard and 14-time All-Star told Reuters. “It’s just a remarkable effort by both teams to get here again.”