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Video: 2014 NBA Finals Game 2 mini-movie

Sunday in San Antonio, the Miami Heat edged the Spurs 98-96 to tie the 2014 NBA Finals at 1-1. LeBron James scored 35 points in the win. Enjoy the video highlights in this Finals Game 2 “mini-movie.”

Here’s the Philadelphia Daily News on the new NBA Finals format:

Because of the long travel between the East and West coasts, the NBA changed the format for the Finals to a 2-3-2 starting in 1985. But in October, before the season, the NBA Board of Governors voted unanimously to return to the 2-2-1-1-1.

“There certainly was a perception it was unfair to the team that had the better record, that it was then playing the pivotal Game 5 on the road,” said NBA commissoner Adam Silver. “So this obviously moves that game back to giving homecourt advantage to the team with the better record, if it’s a 2-2 series.”

There is no large anomaly that says 2-2-1-1-1 provides a different outcome from 2-3-2. If you go by the theory that the team with the better overall record throughout the regular season is generally the better team, then the teams with the homecourt advantage were 21-8 (72.4 percent) in winning the NBA Finals.

By comparison, in 2-2-1-1-1, which had been used in all seven-game series leading into the Finals, the team with home court has won 75.8 percent of series.

Here’s the Los Angeles Times reporting on the Spurs-Heat NBA Finals. Game 3 is tonight in Miami:

The Spurs are back for Game 3 of the Finals on Tuesday, intent on forgetting as much as they can about the last time they were here on this stage.

“For me personally, I’m definitely not going to think about that the next two games,” San Antonio guard Tony Parker said after the Spurs fell, 98-96, in Game 2 on Sunday night. “I’m going to focus on what I can do to help the team win. Going to be big games coming up.”

The Heat and Spurs are in a similar spot to where they were last year, the series tied after two games. The difference is that the next two games will be in Miami as part of the new 2-2-1-1-1 series format instead of in San Antonio for three games as part of the old 2-3-2 alignment that ended last year.

It seemed pretty clear what fixes the Spurs needed to make after another unhappy ending doomed them in Game 2. They led by a point after Parker made a three-pointer with 2:26 remaining before their final four possessions went like this: missed Manu Ginobili three-pointer, Ginobili turnover, Ginobili missed jumper and meaningless Ginobili three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left.

San Antonio’s demise was not solely a one-man operation, though.

The Spurs missed eight of 20 free throws in the game, including four in a row in the fourth quarter.

Here’s the Deseret News reporting on the Utah Jazz:

General manager Dennis Lindsey and team president Randy Rigby will travel to Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday morning to make what a press release forwarded from the Utah Jazz described as a “major announcement” regarding the future of basketball in Treasure Valley.

In other words, the Jazz and Idaho Stampede are finally going to announce what has previously been reported: They’re joining together in an exclusive one-on-one affiliation.

This will be the third time Utah and Idaho have been partners, although this time the Jazz will be the Stampede’s only NBA affiliate.

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