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June 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - The script felt familiar enough, complete with a dog-eared corner or two, that it had to be true. LeBron James answered his critics, once again. It never used to happen this way. James used to fold into himself, the setting and the stakes too much for him. There was the championship sweep in 2007 by San Antonio when he was still in Cleveland. There was his eight-point effort in Game 4 of the NBA Finals two years ago against Dallas, the Heat ultimately losing to the Mavericks.
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June 13, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
He's an interesting guy, this coach. Resembles actor Richard Gere. Is said to be the very best in his field. Won NBA championships. Dated Jeanie Buss. Meet Chip Engelland, San Antonio Spurs assistant. The shooting specialist credited with sharpening the strokes of Grant Hill, Tony Parker and, most recently, Kawhi Leonard. Engelland, 52, was a UCLA ball boy in the days of John Wooden and led the City Section in scoring as a senior at Palisades High in 1979. Basketball fans around the Westside mention his name in the same breath as former NBA sharpshooters Kiki Vandeweghe and Steve Kerr.
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June 9, 2013 | By Shandel Richardson
MIAMI  - The previous two series for the Miami Heat were all about matching the opponent's physical play. That hasn't been the case against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The Heat doesn't expect it to happen the rest of the series, either. "It's a lot less physical," guard Mario Chalmers said. "I'll say that. I feel like Eastern Conference basketball is a lot more physical than Western Conference basketball. When you go against teams like Chicago or Indiana, they're two physical teams.
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June 9, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Dwyane Wade's knee seemed fine for the moment. So did Chris Bosh's game and LeBron James' legacy. The Miami Heat evened the NBA Finals with a crushing 103-84 victory Sunday over San Antonio in Game 2 at American Airlines Arena. It started with a ridiculous 33-5 run past the midpoint of the third quarter that never seemed to let up, the Spurs looking nothing like the team that won the opener. BOX SCORE: Miami 103, San Antonio 84 Wade had called it a "must-win" game a day earlier, and he was right.
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May 30, 2013 | By Ira Winderman
MIAMI -- This was not the script, couldn't have been the script. Not with Dwyane Wade failing to score his second basket until midway through the fourth quarter, not with LeBron James converting his first free throw late in the fourth. But with James taking control of the script in the third quarter, the latest chapter of the Heat's Big Three experience is down to this: Miami now is one victory from its third consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. Moving to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with Thursday's 90-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Heat can close out the series Saturday at Indianapolis.
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May 28, 2013 | By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
INDIANAPOLIS — Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. had their "Shake and Bake" in the epic comedy "Talladega Nights. " For Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, it has become something closer to "slash and bash," at least the way it played out in Sunday's 114-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers that gave the Miami Heat a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. With James taking his game into the post, thereby opening opportunities on the wing for Wade, the duo took the latest step in proving that they could succeed together.
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May 25, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - They bluffed. The Memphis Grizzlies came out and pummeled the San Antonio Spurs with quick hands and swatting arms, their swarming defense helping to forge a huge early lead. Then the Spurs fixed their wayward offense and the Grizzlies reverted to long stretches of the ragged play that has characterized a series that could soon be over. Tim Duncan was an ageless wonder in overtime for a second consecutive game, helping San Antonio tilt things heavily in its favor with a 104-93 victory Saturday night at FedEx Forum in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
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May 21, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
SAN ANTONIO - He did it with lobs into the post, simple bounce passes and wild flings into the corners. Wherever Tony Parker put the ball Tuesday night at AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs usually turned it into a basket. Including the one they needed most. Tim Duncan took one of Parker's passes late in overtime and made a floating jumper that helped the Spurs hold on for a 93-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
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May 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol will undergo a minimally invasive procedure Thursday to try to combat tendinitis in his knees. Gasol sat out eight Lakers games this season because of tendon soreness in both knees. The procedure is called Fasciotomy and Surgical Tenotomy (FAST) and is an effort to eliminate scar tissue by inserting into each knee a probe that emits ultrasonic energy. Healthy tendon tissue is not disturbed in the procedure. A timetable will be released Thursday for Gasol, who has one more season and $19.3 million remaining on his contract.
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