Archive for June 14th, 2013

Tony Parker

Tony Parker pushed his tender right hamstring as much as he possibly could in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and it will be hard to find a player in this series that needs the two days of rest before Game 5 more.

Parker had 15 points and nine assists in San Antonio’s 109-93 loss to the Miami Heat that evened the series at 2-2. But he was held scoreless in the second half as the Heat pulled away. Now he gets two full days for rest and treatment before the two teams play again on Sunday.

”It’s going to be huge for me,” Parker said after the game. ”Obviously, definitely got fatigued in the second half. Those two days I’m going to make sure I do a lot of treatment and get to 100 percent. Tonight I was not 100 percent. By Sunday, that’s my goal, to be good to go.”

Parker said after the game that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was hesitant to let him play after his star point guard tested it out in the morning shootaround and deemed himself ready to play. But Parker convinced his coach to let him start, and his strong play early sparked the Spurs before LeBron James and Dwyane Wade took over.

Reported by Jon Krawcyznski of the Associated Press

marcus camby

Camby’s agent Richard Kaplan told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday that the 17-year-veteran is committed to returning next season to be the backup center.

“The game plan is still the same,” Kaplan said. “There’s no reason to believe he won’t be back and won’t take on a greater role next season.”

Camby is under contract through the 2014-15 season.

He only played in 24 games last season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in about 10 minutes per game. He battled through injuries — including left plantar fasciitis toward the end of the season — but Kaplan said Camby was healthy in the playoffs. The agent is “not sure why [Camby] didn’t play.”

Camby only saw the court for about three minutes in the postseason, including only 12 seconds against the Pacers.

Reported by Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York

Will Bynum

It appears the 76ers could find the backup point guard they’re looking for in Will Bynum.

The Sixers, Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons are potential suitors for the Piston, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, according to the Detroit Free Press Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis.

Reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer (Blog)

Chris Bosh fined $5,000 for flopping

Chris Bosh

The NBA continues to do its part in trying to curb a growing fad by players to flop their way into getting a favorable call from the officials.

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules during Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

The incident occurred with 6:07 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat’s  109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, June 13 at the AT&T Center.

To view the play, click on this link.

Some fans have asked why more players aren’t receiving flopping fines, but there’s no way to prove that a player really fell in a manner that wasn’t natural. Even some falls that look “obvious” aren’t quite so clear when seen from a different angle.

But, what Bosh did in that play certainly did look like he exaggerated what little contact there was.

Fortunately for Bosh and the Heat, his team came away with a big Game 4 win. 

Manu Ginobili

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Friday that Ginobili hasn’t found a rhythm in the playoffs. But he says it’s too simplistic to merely ask, ”What are we going to do to get him going?”

Simplistic, maybe. But their prospects of the Spurs winning a fifth title may hinge on just that.

Ginobili scored just five points in Thursday night’s loss. He’s averaging 7.5 points in the Finals, down from his 11.8 scoring average during the regular season.

Reported by Paul J. Weber of the Associated Press

Doc Rivers

The Los Angeles Clippers have not formally requested permission to interview Celtics coach Doc Rivers in the wake of widespread reports about Rivers’ potential departure from Boston, but there is strong mutual interest between the parties, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that Rivers is highly intrigued by the idea of coaching the Clippers in the event that he and the Celtics part company after nine seasons together and one championship in 2008. Sources say the Clippers, meanwhile, would immediately vault Rivers to the top of their list if he became available as they continue a coaching search that, to this point, has focused on Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins.

The Los Angeles Times, citing several NBA executives, reported Wednesday that if Rivers decides he doesn’t want to coach in Boston anymore, the Clippers would be interested in him and he would become their No. 1 choice.

ESPN.com has also learned the Celtics and Clippers — in an offshoot of February’s Kevin Garnett-to-L.A. trade talks — discussed expanded trade scenarios that could have sent both Garnett and close friend Paul Pierce to the Clippers before the league’s Feb. 21 trade deadline.

Reported by Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com

Heat Big 3 step up in Finals Game 4

With their backs against the wall and hopes of repeating as champions fading, the Miami Heat’s Big Three used a dominating performance to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-93 on Thursday and even the NBA Finals at 2-2.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had their best game of the NBA Finals, combining for 85 points as the Heat reclaimed home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.

“I mean, it was on our shoulders, obviously,” James, who had a game-high 33 points, told reporters.

“When all three of us are clicking at the same time, we’re a very tough team to beat.”

Wade turned in his biggest offensive performance of the playoffs, scoring 32 points, while Bosh equaled his postseason high by chipping in with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

“All of them provided us great energy defensively. And that got us off to a decent start. And quite obviously they are big components to what we do offensively,” said Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra.

“We run almost every trigger through them. This happened to be a game where they were all able to be aggressive. The next game might present a different challenge. But we needed every bit of it tonight.”

Reported by Frank Pingue of Reuters

lebron james

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room.

”The death of the Big Three was overrated,” he said.

Sure was. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, his three prized players, are just fine.

So are the Heat’s championship hopes.

Riding big performances from their three All-Stars, the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in Game 4…

James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Wade scored 32 points, 11 more than his previous high this postseason.

Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, he and Wade supplying the baskets that finally put the Spurs away for good midway through the fourth quarter.

Three players, 85 points. Just the way the Heat envisioned it when they signed James and Bosh to play with Wade in 2010.

”When Bosh, Wade and James score the way they did tonight and shoot it the way they did tonight, a team is going to have a difficult time if you help them like we did,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

”When those guys are playing like that, you better be playing a perfect game.”

The Spurs weren’t, committing 19 turnovers that led to 23 points…

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan scored 20 points for the Spurs, who have one more game here on Sunday. They fell to 10-3 at home all-time in the finals, failing to back up their 113-77 victory in Game 3 that was the third-most lopsided score in the history of the championship series…

Wade shot 14 of 25, adding six steals, six rebounds and four assists in a performance that James compared to when Wade was MVP of the 2006 finals.

Tony Parker had 15 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who made a finals-record 16 3-pointers on Tuesday but got up only 16 attempts in this one. Gary Neal scored 13 points and Danny Green had 10, solid nights but nothing like when they combined for 13 3-pointers two nights earlier.

Reported by Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press

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