NBA Finals: Should this Golden State Warriors team be considered among the all-time greats?

The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant carries his MVP trophy as he celebrates with fans a championship after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

The Warriors have earned another spot in the NBA history book.

With Monday’s 129-120 win over the Cavaliers, Golden State didn’t just claim its second NBA championship in three seasons. The Warriors also posted a 16-1 record (.941 win percentage) in these playoffs to go on the best title run ever, percentage points better than the 2001 Lakers (15-1, .938). Continue reading “NBA Finals: Should this Golden State Warriors team be considered among the all-time greats?”

NBA Finals: What does it take to beat the Golden State Warriors? A historic offensive performance

What does it take to beat Golden State?

Just take a look at the incredible offensive numbers Cleveland had to put up to avoid a sweep in the NBA Finals on Friday night.

The Cavaliers made an NBA Finals record 24 3-pointers on their way to defeating the Warriors 137-116 to force a Game 5. Cleveland also set a new NBA record for the most points in the first half of a Finals game with 86 points. Continue reading “NBA Finals: What does it take to beat the Golden State Warriors? A historic offensive performance”

LeBron James believes his move to Heat was different than Kevin Durant’s move to Warriors

LeBron James compared his move to Miami and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State.

MIAMI — Kevin Durant left the franchise that drafted him to join a super team in Golden State. LeBron James also left the franchise that drafted him to join a super team in Miami.

That’s where the similarities stop, according to James. Continue reading “LeBron James believes his move to Heat was different than Kevin Durant’s move to Warriors”

NBA Finals: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant will join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade as all-time great NBA duo

With each Warriors win, this season’s Finals is becoming less and less interesting.

But as Golden State inches closer to a perfect 16-0 postseason record, putting this team in its proper historical perspective is becoming more and more interesting. The Warriors took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 118-113 victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night. Continue reading “NBA Finals: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant will join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade as all-time great NBA duo”

South Florida is paying attention to the 2017 NBA Finals. A look at the numbers …

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is defended by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Is South Florida turning into a basketball town?

That’s been a question asked by many since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami to form the Big Three in the summer of 2010.

It’s unfair to answer this based on one game, but the television ratings for Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals are worth noting. According to Nielsen, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market ranked fourth with a 17.7 rating behind just Cleveland (32.4), San Francisco-Oakland (31.1) and Columbus (19.5) — three markets with an obvious rooting interest in this year’s Finals between Golden State and Cleveland. Continue reading “South Florida is paying attention to the 2017 NBA Finals. A look at the numbers …”

LeBron James entering the NBA Finals as the underdog … again

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the trophy presentation after Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

This might sound strange, but LeBron James is used to being the underdog. Yes, one of the greatest players in NBA history is getting accustomed to the “little guy” role.

As James gets ready to make his eighth career NBA Finals appearance with Game 1 between the Cavaliers and Warriors on Thursday night, he’ll enter as the underdog once again. Continue reading “LeBron James entering the NBA Finals as the underdog … again”

Heat president Pat Riley: ‘I love LeBron, we all do. He was part of our team for four years’

MIAMI — This wasn’t a scheduled or organized session with the media, but Pat Riley was asked the question many want him to answer this week.

TMZ cameras caught up to the Heat president on Saturday in a parking lot in Malibu, Calif., as he walked toward his car alongside Warriors part owner Peter Guber.

“LeBron James has made his seventh straight Finals appearance, are you rooting for him to win?” Riley was asked by TMZ. Continue reading “Heat president Pat Riley: ‘I love LeBron, we all do. He was part of our team for four years’”

Offseason proves there are no ‘fake gym rats’ on Miami Heat roster

Miami Heat players celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 in overtime during an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — There’s a saying that caught on in the Heat locker room this season: “No fake gym rats.”

If the incredible turnaround during the season wasn’t enough proof that Miami’s roster didn’t include “fake gym rats,” this offseason can be used as further evidence. Continue reading “Offseason proves there are no ‘fake gym rats’ on Miami Heat roster”

Dion Waiters makes it clear he wants to return to Heat — ‘Let’s get it over with as quick as possible’

Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat celebrates a late three point basket while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Miami win the game 106-98. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Dion Waiters wants to re-sign with the Heat this summer. The question is, will he?

“I want to be there,” Waiters said Thursday when asked if he wants to return to the Heat during an appearance on The Hochman and Crowder Show on WQAM. “When that time comes and we sit down, we just got to make it happen. Let’s get it over with as quick as possible.” Continue reading “Dion Waiters makes it clear he wants to return to Heat — ‘Let’s get it over with as quick as possible’”

Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra a finalist for another coach of the year award

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra , already co-winner of the Coaches Association Coach of the Year, is a finalist for the media award. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Already having been named coach of the year by his peers, the Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra is a finalist for the same award as voted upon by the media.

Two weeks ago, Spoelstra was named co-winner of the inaugural Michael H. Goldberg National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year award, sharing the honor with Houston’s Mike D’Antoni. On Friday, it was revealed he is a finalist for the award that will be announced June 26 during the first ever NBA awards show that will be televised by TNT.

Spoelstra, D’Antoni and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich are the three finalists.

Finalists also were announced for Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award and Most Improved Player. The Heat were shutout of all player awards.

Forward James Johnson was a possible candidate for three of those awards – defensive player, sixth man and most improved. Johnson had a breakout season and now will be rewarded when he becomes a free agent July 1.

Guard Tyler Johnson (sixth man), forward Rodney McGruder (rookie) and center Hassan Whiteside (defensive player) also were in the conversation for league awards.

Spoelstra, 46, guided the Heat to the biggest turnaround in league history, going from 11-30 in the first half of the season to 30-11 in the second half. Miami is the only team in league history to finish at .500 after being 19 games under at some point during that season. The Heat tied with the Bulls for the eighth-best record in the Eastern Conference but the final playoff spot went to Chicago because of the tie-breaker.

The coaches award was time first time Spoelstra was recognized as the league’s top coach in his nine-year career despite winning two titles and leading the Heat to four trips to the Finals.

The NBA Awards are chosen by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Here are the finalist for the NBA awards:

Most Valuable Player: James Harden, Houston; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City.

Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni, Houston; Gergg Popovich, San Antonio; Erik Spoelstra, Miami.

    Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah; Draymond Green, Golden State; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio.

Sixth Man Award: Andre Iguodala, Golden State; Eric Gordon, Houston; Lou Williams, Houston.

Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Rudy Gobert, Utah; Nikola Jokic, Denver.

    Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee; Joel Embid, Philadelphia; Dario Saric, Philadelphia.

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