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LeBron James leads Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA Championships

It wasn’t easy, but LeBron James and the Miami Heat dismissed the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night to become back-to-back NBA Champions with a grueling 95-88 victory in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Box Score | 2013 NBA Playoffs Bracket James took home his second straight Finals MVP on the heels of an impressive 37-point, 12-rebound performance when his team needed it most in the last game of the season. Knocking down jumper after jumper, LeBron finally made the Spurs pay for daring him to shoot hitting 5-of-10 from long range on the night.  His sidekick Dwyane Wade ignited the spark for the Heat early with a 14-point first half barrage of his own on a series of left wing mid-range jump shots.  Wade finished the night with 23 points and 10 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2013 NBA Playoffs

Green, Neal lead Spurs to Game 3 victory behind record 16 3-pointers

It took all but 48 hours for the San Antonio Spurs to emphatically snatch momentum back from the defending Champion Miami Heat with a 113-77 thrashing at the AT&T Center Tuesday night behind a NBA Finals record-setting 16 3-pointers. Danny Green paced the home team with a game-high 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting from deep while second-unit sharpshooter Gary Neal exploded for 24 points of his own on an equally impressive 6-of-10 shooting from behind the arc. The Heat looked shell-shocked as the Spurs took a six-point cushion at intermission and turned it into an impressive display of three-point marksmanship and a 30-point rout in the second half. Miami appeared a step too slow out of the gates, but were able to pull to a 44-all tie with less than a minute to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2013 NBA Playoffs, NBA Playoffs

Heat bounce back with a vengeance in Game 2

Game 2 was close at one point with San Antonio, once again, appearing to have the Miami Heat right where they wanted them late in the third quarter. But something changed within a blink of an eye and after Mario Chalmers knocked down a huge and-one off a high pick and roll with James at the 3:11 mark of the third, Miami erupted to go on one of the most impressive closing runs in NBA Finals history. The run…a dominant 30-5 stretch culminated by LeBron James iconic block on a Tiago Splitter dunk attempt.  Before Chalmers hit that above-mentioned and-one the score was 62-61 Spurs.  At the close of the 4th quarter and after the Heat were finished dismantling San Antonio, however, the score was 103-84. 2013 NBA Playoff Bracket WIth Miami running countless … Read entire article »

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Parker, Spurs steal Game 1 from Heat in Miami

The Miami Heat fought all season long to secure the right to have homecourt in the NBA Finals, but in 48 minutes all that hard work went out the window. Thursday night Tony Parker paced the veteran Spurs with a game-high 21 points including a huge runner with the shot clock winding down late in the contest, to help steal Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals and snatch the momentum from the defending champions in front of their home crowd. Parker finished with 21 points, six assists and zero turnovers in 40 minutes while veteran big man Tim Duncan added 20 points and 14 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks in the 92-88 series-opening win. LeBron James again carried the Heat with an 18-point, 18-rebound, 10-assist triple double.  Teammate Dwyane Wade … Read entire article »

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United States advances to Gold medal game versus Spain

United States advances to Gold medal game versus Spain

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 19 points while LeBron James added 18 to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the United States to another dominating 2012 Olympics victory over Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and the Argentinean National Team from London, England Friday night. Durant hit four of his game-high five treys in a pivotal 27-17 third quarter that ultimately took Argentina’s spirit in the contest. Carmelo Anthony only added to their dismay as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Game Recaps, USA Men's Basketball

Celtics can’t defend or score against Heat in the paint

Celtics can’t defend or score against Heat in the paint

Not a good sign when you shoot just 46% from point blank range in the playoffs.  And unfortunately for the Boston Celtics that is exactly what happened in Monday night’s Game 1 79-93 Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Miami Heat. NBA Playoffs Schedule and Scores Even worse the C’s gave up 77.8% shooting to the Heat on Monday on an incredibly efficient 17 of 27 shots from inside the painted area. Very difficult to stop James and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 NBA Playoffs, Feature Stories, NBA Playoffs

Kobe can’t stop, won’t stop

Kobe can’t stop, won’t stop

This just in: Kobe’s not going to stop shooting – he’s taken 62 total shots in the last two games. But with the blistering pace and accuracy with which he is doing so right now, why on earth should he? In an earlier piece posted here on Hardwood Canvas just this past week I questioned the necessity of Bryant’s increased shot attempts based on the Lakers’ plethora of top-notch bigs (It’s a quality read, I promise). However, after … Read entire article »

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How Norris Cole improves the Miami Heat transition game

How Norris Cole improves the Miami Heat transition game

Wisely laying back in the weeds this dramatically charged and shortened NBA training camp sit the once-doggedly braggadocious Miami Heat armed sufficiently with their returning trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. After suffering through a full summer of countless re-enactments and questions regarding their supposed shortcomings as a championship contending unit, the Heat are back at work with a fresh outlook on team basketball and have added a few new pieces to help in that end. Although Miami … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feature Stories, The Rookie Series

Durant, James, Melo bring summer Basketball to Baltimore

Durant, James, Melo bring summer Basketball to Baltimore

Kevin Durant is having quite the summer. After frequenting the Philippines, New York’s Rucker Park, D.C.’s Goodman League and a host of other gritty street venues, the lanky sharp-shooting forward stepped it up a notch late Tuesday evening as he took his talents to Baltimore to face off against LeBron James and a new big three which included Baltimore’s very own Carmelo Anthony and CP3, better known as Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets in … Read entire article »

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LeBron James not playing his game in these Finals

LeBron James not playing his game in these Finals

Let’s be honest.  After eight successful NBA seasons, this is not the LeBron James we have become accustomed to seeing. James is a 6-foot 8-inch, 250-pound rim-attacking phenom. He impacts the game by getting to the free throw line and burying his defenders under the basket figuratively and literally. However, James is not playing his game.  We have not seen that same aggressive attacking player since the Heat 92-84 Game 1 victory from American Airlines Arena in Miami, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2011 NBA Playoffs, Feature Stories