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LeBron: Heat ready for challenge

MIAMI -- LeBron James heard Tim Duncan's comments when the NBA Finals rematch was finally set and fully understood them, even though he wasn't …

6 Differences in NBA Finals Repeat

Five rings for Tim Duncan. LeBron James hungry for his third title in a row. The Heat and Spurs clash in the Finals for the second straight season, and the storylines are endless. But is it the sequel, or just same story, different chapter?<p>The rosters of the Heat and Spurs seem all too familiar to …

Ethan Skolnick's Keys to a Miami Heat 3-Peat

The Miami Heat are back in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year as they aim to join elite company in completing the ever-elusive three-peat.<p>What can we expect to see from LeBron James and his Heat squad as they prepare to once again face off with the San Antonio Spurs?<p>Heat insider Ethan …

Hey LeBron, I Double Dare You To Shoot

Last year’s NBA Finals saw one of the great strategic gambits in basketball history almost pay off. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wanted to …

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NBA Finals preview

The Heat and Spurs staged a classic seven-game battle in last year's NBA Finals. What will they do for an encore?<p>Miami Heat<p>San Antonio Spurs<p>Let's do this again<p>The 2013 NBA Finals were brilliant. All a reasonable fan could ask for when the series ended was more. Well, we got it.<p>Finals rematches …

Tim Duncan, LeBron James hungry for new title as NBA Finals arrive

There was only the slightest hint of musculature in LeBron James' arms when Tim Duncan carried the San Antonio Spurs to their first NBA title.<p>The moment was so long ago that Duncan used a hand-held camcorder to document the celebration. James, watching on television, was a few months from beginning …

Stop hating the Heat for the wrong reasons

Four years later, the negative feeling over how the Heat were built persists. Why is Miami's form of team-building considered improper, whereas San Antonio's is considered the gold standard?<p>There's a photo going around of what purports to be a billboard in San Antonio ripping the Miami Heat's …

LeBron James isn't the only reason Miami's offense is great

The Heat have the best player on the planet, but their offensive success is due to much more than just one player. We explain how the Heat's spacing and off-ball movement forces defenders to pick their poison.<p>I wish "Miami Space" was an advertising campaign featuring LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in …

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Air conditioning goes out in Game 1

SAN ANTONIO -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James was forced to exit early from Game 1 of the NBA Finals because of severe leg cramping caused by …

LeBron James on Game 1 cramps: 'Frustration and anger'

SAN ANTONIO — Something was up when Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra subbed out superstar LeBron James with 7:03 left in the third quarter.<p>James normally plays for a longer stretch at the start of second half. But with the air conditioning on the fritz turning the AT&T Center into an uncomfortable …

NBA downplays AC issue, AT&T Center says it's fixed

President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said Saturday that no one was endangered by the sweltering conditions and that the AC "should" be fixed. …

NBA finals: can Spurs take the heat in the great air-con conspiracy?

The San Antonio Spurs have staked out a 1-0 series lead in the 2014 NBA Finals – but that wasn't the biggest headline after they beat the Miami Heat 110-95 in Thursday night's Game 1.<p>Instead, attention focused on the broken air-conditioning system that led to sweltering conditions inside AT&T …

Cut the Cramp: Why LeBron James Deserves a Break

Have you ever woken up at 3 a.m. with a cramp after a night of drinking? Sure you have.<p>Your sad and wretched body, pickled by Fireball shots and PBR …

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LeBron James imitates Allen Iverson's famous 'practice' rant

LeBron James met with reporters Saturday and said he’s feeling better after cramps forced him to leave Game 1. With three days of rest before Game 2 Sunday night, James feels prepared for the biggest game of the season. Teammate Dwyane Wade asked James the final question of the interview …

These Athletes Came To LeBron James' Defense Because Cramps Are 'Absolutely The Worst'

To many former and current professional professional athletes, LeBron James' cramps were no laughing matter. While some San Antonio Spurs fans and assorted LeBron haters may have been having a field day ripping James for leaving Game 1 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter because of cramps, …

James carries Heat past Spurs to tie NBA Finals

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — No cramps, no problems for LeBron James.<p>And with their superstar making it to the finish this time, the Miami Heat bounced back …

Five takeaways from the Miami Heat's victory in Game 2 of NBA Finals

Here are five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals:<p><b>1. Are we done questioning LeBron James?</b> The Heat star made the baskets his team needed during a 14-point third quarter and became a facilitator in the final minutes, finding …

Spurs vs. Heat final score, NBA Finals 2014 Game 3: San Antonio takes 2-1 series lead over Miami

Kawhi Leonard dominated as the Spurs grabbed a win on the road in American Airlines Arena.<p>The San Antonio Spurs put a thumping on the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, giving the Heat their first home loss of the 2014 NBA Playoffs while taking a 2-1 series lead with a dominating win, 111-92.<p>San …

NBA Playoffs 2014: Updated Schedule and Odds for Heat vs. Spurs Game 4

The San Antonio Spurs stole the show in Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals, knocking off the Miami Heat, 111-92, but the playoffs are far from over for these two teams.<p>Miami still boasts the most talented player in the league with LeBron James, and with the right help from Dwyane Wade and the rest of …

Kawhi Leonard Takes Over Game 3 And Changes The Course Of The NBA Finals

Game 3 of the NBA Finals was a swing game -- when a series is tied 1-1, the winner of the next game goes on to win the Finals more than 80 percent of the time. The San Antonio Spurs and their exceptionally well-run offensive machine took the first punch, the second punch and then withstood a …

The Bad Sign For Miami Heat's Hopes Of 3-Peating Suddenly Looks Even Worse

The Miami Heat are in big trouble and it is not just because they trail 2-1 in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs.<p>During the Conference Finals, we took a look at the Miami Heat's point differential during the playoffs. We looked at how dominant the Heat have been by how much they have …

Game 4 preview: Are Heat in trouble?

After destroying the Heat in Game 3, the Spurs now lead the NBA Finals 2-1. Can Miami even the series again, or will San Antonio go 2-for-2 in South …

LeBron James, Heat Again Can Answer Critics, If They Still Can Bring the Fight

MIAMI — His daily NBA Finals podium duties had just come to their predetermined end in the event-level corridor. LeBron James then crossed the AmericanAirlines Arena court, a court he will need to own again on Thursday night, and surveyed the scene of impostors with credentials swinging from their …

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Time for Miami Heat to Borrow San Antonio Spurs' Long-Term Formula

The Miami Heat’s Big Three needs the same break the San Antonio Spurs have been getting for the past few years.<p>This same break allowed the Spurs to dethrone the Heat in five games during the NBA Finals. The Spurs looked like the better team throughout, and an argument could be made that this was …