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NBA AM: Three-Game Showdown for Finals
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2013 NBA Finals a Three-Game Showdown
The 2013 NBA Finals has become a battle of alternating blowouts as of late, with the Miami HEAT and San Antonio Spurs swapping beat-downs of one another over each of the last three contests. Now, after Miami’s 109-93 demolition against the Spurs last night, the Finals has become a three-game series heading into Game 5 on Sunday.
The HEAT broke out of their collective offensive funk, scoring over 100 points for the second time this series (both wins) and the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade led the way.
James broke out of a funk of his own and led all scorers with a Finals-high 33 points, while Wade and Bosh each notched postseason-highs with 32 and 20 points respectively. Collectively, Miami’s Big Three accounted for 85 of 109 total HEAT points. Only Ray Allen, netting 14 points off of the bench, notched more than six points among the six other HEAT players that spent time on the floor.
“We knew we’d get out shots, offensively we just played basketball, we didn’t try to over-think,” Wade told USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick. “Right now it’s a three-game series, two great ball-clubs, come play this way and try to get another one.”
Defensively, the HEAT bounced back as well after allowing a postseason-high 113 points in their 36-point shellacking in Game 3. San Antonio shot just over 44 percent from the floor in Game 4 and scored just 44 second half points – including a miniscule 17 in the pivotal fourth quarter.
“We’re going to keep giving credit to Miami,” Tim Duncan said. “They played a very good game. Defensively they were solid. We had opportunities to get right back into it. We get it to whatever, three points, and we make a turnover and they turn it into a score. So we’ll give credit to Miami and we’ll leave it there.”
Duncan led the Spurs with 20 points Thursday night, while All-Star Tony Parker missed all four of his second half shots after dropping 15 points in the first half. Parker went scoreless in the second after carrying San Antonio to a 49-all tie at the end of the first half.
“It was just fatigue,” Parker said, who finished 7-for-16 overall from the field for 15 points to go along with a game-high nine assists. “I just missed shots. I had great shots. I missed two tear drops and the lay-up I was right there, couldn’t get my lift. They are doing the same thing on me since the beginning. Very aggressive on pick-and-rolls, stuff like that. I just missed easy shots, and hopefully I’ll get more healthy, and I’ll be better by Sunday.”
“Miami did a great job on [Parker],” Popovich added. “They doubled. They got it out of his hands, and other people had to play. But they did a good job defensively on him.”
For NBA fans around the world, both casual fans and die-hards alike are hoping for another competitive, exciting contest over the course of the rest of the series. After Game 1′s 92-88 San Antonio nail-biter of a victory, the last three games of the NBA Finals have been decided by an average of 23.7 points
If Miami comes out with the level of intensity they displayed Thursday night, and the Big Three continues to fire on all cylinders, this series could be the HEAT’s by Game 6 in Miami on Tuesday.
Freshly Hired Brooklyn Nets’ Head Coach Jason Kidd Back to Rookie Status
Just 10 days removed from his retirement after an illustrious 19-year NBA career, newly hired Nets’ head coach Jason Kidd is entering uncharted territory. After all, despite mentoring and tutoring his share of NBA players during his nearly two decades of NBA experience, the 40-year-old Kidd is set to venture straight into a head coaching position for Brooklyn.
“I’m a rookie,” Kidd told ESPN New York’s Mike Mazzeo. “I go from being one of the oldest players in the league to now a rookie coach. I’m very excited about the challenge. I think being here in Brooklyn we have a special opportunity to achieve that status as to being a championship-type-caliber team, and I’m looking forward to being part of that, helping with the structure and sharing things I [brought to the table] as a player such as being unselfish, communicating and being tough, and hopefully I can get that across to the guys.
“Yes, I have a lot to learn about coaching. But when I played the game, I felt like I was an extension of the coach. Now, I look at Deron [Williams] to be that guy.”
For all intents and purposes, the Nets’ head coaching search came to an end after Kidd blew his interview with the Brooklyn brass out of the water this past week. Brooklyn general manager Billy King didn’t waste much time in making Kidd the Nets’ first choice. With the ink still dry on his freshly signed contract, the point guard that led the then New Jersey Nets back to respectability over 10 years ago is now the 18th head coach in franchise history.
“I think really what stood out for me was his leadership,” King said. “I’ve seen that before, and you see it up close when you talk to him, just his knowledge of the game as we talked, and he was talking about different teams and their sets and how we would work with our team and how we would use our personnel in different ways. And to me, the ceiling for him is very high because he has a great work ethic and knowledge, and I think working together we can build something that can last a long time.”
Kidd follows the footsteps of another elite point guard that made the quick transition from former NBA player straight to NBA head coach – Mark Jackson with the Golden State Warriors.
“When we played Mark in New York, I went up to him before the game and said, ‘Thank you,’” Kidd said. “Because he did give guys the opportunity, kind of cracked the door open for guys to be able to go into coaching because of the success that he’s had. When you look at some other guys that have done it, Larry Bird, so there are guys out there that have done it, and hopefully I can carry that torch and have that same kind of success.”
Despite Kidd’s lack of seasoning at the head coaching position, the Nets believe Kidd is a low-risk candidate to take the job and that he’ll make a quick impact in Brooklyn.
“I think any time you make a hire, I think it’s a risk,” King said. “But one thing about Jason, people have counted him out a lot of times, and he’s proven them wrong. I’ve known him for a long time, and with his work ethic, I believe he’ll be good. I don’t worry about the risk.”
The pressure is on Kidd to turn things around for a Nets team that was a disappointment this past year after dropping over $83 million on an underachieving roster. Despite finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference, the 49-33 Nets were ousted in seven games in the first round by the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls.
Featuring a new head coach and with the likelihood of plenty of moves this offseason, Brooklyn will be favored once again to be a contender in the East heading into the 2013-14 NBA season.
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