June 3, 2016 |
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.
June 16, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
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.
June 11, 2014 |
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.
June 7, 2015 |
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.
June 9, 2013 |
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.
June 5, 2015 |
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.
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.
April 6, 2016 |
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...