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June 3, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
SCHEDULE All games on ABC GOLDEN STATE vs. CLEVELAND 1: Thursday, June 2 @Golden State. . . 9:00 2: Sunday, June 5 @Golden State. . . 8:00 3: Weds., June 8 @Cleveland. . . 9:00 4: Friday, June 10 @Cleveland. . . 9:00 *5: Monday, June 13 @Golden State. . . 9:00 *6: Thursday, June 16 @Cleveland. . . 9:00 *7: Sunday, June 19 @Golden State. . . 8:00 *If Necessary. HISTORY Cleveland: Has never won the NBA title. It's only other appearances in the Finals were last year and in 2007.
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June 16, 2013 | By Curt Anderson, Associated Press
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. - Investigators began examining a twisted pile of concrete, metal, and wood Friday to determine why a deck at a popular sports bar collapsed into shallow Biscayne Bay, injuring two dozen people gathered to cheer the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Authorities estimated that 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill when a support on one end apparently gave way, causing the deck to buckle in the middle and drop about eight feet into the bay. The scene Friday was a tangle of partly submerged green plastic chairs, tables, umbrellas, and even flip-flops and cellphones lost in the chaos of the night before.
SPORTS
June 17, 2013 | Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO - With the old Manu Ginobili back, the San Antonio Spurs looked like champs again. One more victory and their Big Three, not Miami's, will be the one that rules the NBA. Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way with 24 points and 10 assists in his first start of the season, and the Spurs beat the Heat, 114-104, last night to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. Tony Parker scored 26 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Ginobili had his highest-scoring game of the season as the Spurs became the first team to shoot 60 percent in a Finals game in 4 years.
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June 21, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
An NBA Finals reveal. A secret strategy. A three-minute docu-mercial. Hip-hop's latest apocalyptic moment is proving to be marketing genius. Only one person could have pulled that off. You might call him Jigga, Jigga-man, or even Hova - we all call him Jay-Z. Ironicially, in what was supposed to be Kanye West's week - between his new album and the Kimye spawn - Jay-Z blew both rap fans and basketball aficionados away Sunday evening during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, with a one-time TV showing of a commercial promoting his new Magna Carta Holy Grail , to be released July 4. Fans had no idea the album was coming.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SAYING is that the NBA Finals don't begin until one team wins on the road. The 2014 Finals begin tonight in Miami. LeBron James did indeed change the narrative concerning the leg cramps he got in Game 1 by responding with a typical monster game on Sunday in a 98-96 series-evening win by the Miami Heat in San Antonio. For all the arguments I may make that James has not yet reached Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird status, he unquestionably has displayed the rare quality that all great ones have to bounce back from adversity with superlative performances.
SPORTS
June 7, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE NBA FINALS began Thursday night with the Golden State Warriors winning a thriller in overtime over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Finals can often be incredibly memorizing and a great spectacle. As I watched Steph Curry and the Warriors battle King James, my thoughts drifted back to the last two times the 76ers played in the NBA Finals: 1983 and 2001. The excitement throughout the region was palpable. The city paid rapt attention to every game, every play, every triumph, and every loss.
SPORTS
June 9, 2013 | By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press
MIAMI - Danny Green smiled as he stepped behind the interview podium and a crowd of reporters gathered around him to talk about the NBA Finals. On a San Antonio Spurs team that steps into the spotlight reluctantly, and occasionally petulantly, Green seems only too happy to entertain questions and relay his story. No one wanted to talk to him in Slovenia. There were rarely demands for interviews when he was playing in Reno or Austin. His phone rarely rang after he was cut first by Cleveland and twice was cast off by these Spurs.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE NBA FINALS begin tonight, in case you've been in the deep jungles of the Amazon the past 10 weeks. And for the fifth straight time, LeBron James will be there. But this time, unlike his previous four trips with the Miami Heat, he is the underdog, once again bringing with him an army outmanned by its opponent, the Golden State Warriors. While LeBron is built like Goliath, he's arguably the David here. And league MVP Steph Curry, the impish assassin, looks more like a David but carries enough weight to be the Goliath.
SPORTS
May 16, 2011
WHEN YOU are a sports journalist, the games have a way of guiding your time/space continuum. Certain life events become less associated with actual dates and more connected to certain sporting events. In all honesty, I can't tell you much of anything about what I did on Thanksgiving last year, but in 1994 I had turkey, salmon and reindeer sausage at the Anchorage Hilton. I was in Alaska to cover Villanova at The Great Alaska Shootout. A year later on Thanksgiving, I went on my first whale watch in Lahaina Bay, in Maui.
NEWS
September 27, 2012
A column in the Sunday Currents section misstated the number of games in the 1993 World Series (six), and the year the Sixers lost the NBA finals to the Lakers (2001).
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July 6, 2016
NOW YOU can hate them. Unequivocally, unabashedly, unrelentingly. Call Draymond Green a punk, call Steph Curry a baby and Klay Thompson a freak. If you like. Hate the Golden State Warriors as if they won that Game 7 of the NBA Finals, as if they had won in five games as we all expected when they took that three games-to-one lead over the Cavaliers. That they didn't is one reason Kevin Durant is now a Warrior. He agreed to a two-year, $54.3 million deal Monday, his personal independence day - a deal that was less about titles or money and much more about legacy.
SPORTS
July 6, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It turned out the Sixers came up a mere 63 wins short of landing Kevin Durant when the NBA's free agency period began over the weekend. That was the regular-season difference between the Sixers and the Golden State Warriors, the NBA Finals runner-up which has reportedly lured Durant with a two-year, $54.3 million contract. The free agency windows are open, and there is money flying through, but contracts can't become official until the league year begins Thursday. That is also the date when the terms of the NBA's most recent TV deals take effect, and teams will be so awash in cash that many crazy things will take place.
SPORTS
June 21, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Watching a video clip of Ben Simmons will reveal most of the traits that the 76ers want in a power forward. You'll see strength. You'll see athleticism. You'll see great passing. But you won't see the great shooting range the Sixers also covet. But in all fairness, the 6-foot-10, 260-pound former LSU post player only attempted three three-pointers (hitting one) this past season. "He has all the tools," said Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who serves as Simmons' mentor.
SPORTS
June 20, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
The NBA Finals will conclude on Sunday, Father's Day, an ironic end date for what has become a Mother's Day sport. Though one 2013 study suggested the trend may at last be abating, pro basketball, for a variety of complex sociological reasons, is played disproportionately by young men who never had dads in their lives. That's why, when there's a McMansion to be gifted or a postgame shout-out to be made, the NBA parent who typically gets the call is mom. Maybe a more fitting fare for Father's Day would be Game 7 of the World Series.
SPORTS
June 9, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
That man on the Golden State Warriors' bench, the one they sometimes see Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking to - they recognize that guy, even almost two decades later. In his eighth NBA stop, Ron Adams is acknowledged as an NBA defensive guru, an assistant coach to be trusted with a vital part of the game. For a group of guys around Philadelphia in their late 20s, Adams isn't just any assistant coach - he also was their assistant coach, when they were a little band of third graders at Valley Forge Elementary School, playing in the Malvern Summer League.
SPORTS
June 3, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
SCHEDULE All games on ABC GOLDEN STATE vs. CLEVELAND 1: Thursday, June 2 @Golden State. . . 9:00 2: Sunday, June 5 @Golden State. . . 8:00 3: Weds., June 8 @Cleveland. . . 9:00 4: Friday, June 10 @Cleveland. . . 9:00 *5: Monday, June 13 @Golden State. . . 9:00 *6: Thursday, June 16 @Cleveland. . . 9:00 *7: Sunday, June 19 @Golden State. . . 8:00 *If Necessary. HISTORY Cleveland: Has never won the NBA title. It's only other appearances in the Finals were last year and in 2007.
SPORTS
June 3, 2016
ED BARKOWITZ   It's fun to imagine what Dr. James Naismith would think of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. It'd probably be something along the lines of a caveman trying to figure out an iPhone. As dazzling as the "Splash Brothers" are, this is LeBron James' moment. There are no excuses. The Cavaliers had plenty of rest breezing through the NBA's JV conference while Golden State was pushed to seven games in a wonderful West Finals. James will have help this year from Kevin Love and, more importantly, Kyrie Irving.
SPORTS
May 14, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over salads at a City Avenue chain restaurant back in the fall of 2013, Sam Hinkie revealed his naivete about Philadelphia's sports culture that came to doom him here. He had been the 76ers' president and general manager for just eight months at the time, still early enough in his tenure that he was willing to speak publicly for the sake of persuading everyone that his rebuilding plan could work. So the obvious question was put to him: You're going to tank more than one season in a town that doesn't abide anything less than maximum effort from its teams and players.
SPORTS
April 15, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
IF THIS HAD been a prison sentence, Sixers coach Brett Brown was given three years of hard labor. The third one, completed with the 72nd loss of the season on Wednesday, nearly broke him. Trying to find a point guard to effectively lead his team for the first third of the season wasn't a real option with the players he was given. He was given no veterans with on-court value who could help him develop the multitude of NBA infants. His star rookie got into off-the-court problems in three instances that involved police.
SPORTS
April 6, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - On the morning it was announced that he would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 9, Allen Iverson, decked out in a King of Hearts shirt with chains hanging from his neck, was seated at a round table in a hotel ballroom explaining that 20 years after he was drafted by the Sixers, five years retired and finally out of the chaos that was his life from the bowling-alley incident, to prison, to Georgetown, to...
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