Posts Tagged ‘NBA Finals’

Throwback Thursday: Top Finals Upsets


VIDEO: The 2010-11 NBA Finals

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Today’s Topic: Top Finals Upsets

On June 12, 2011, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win their first championship in franchise history. The newly assembled “big-three” of LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh made the Heat heavily favored over the Mavericks coming into the series. But Dallas rallied from a 2-1 series deficit to pull off the upset.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the top upsets in NBA Finals history.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Top Finals Upsets

Which upset do you think was the most surprising? Leave your comments below!

San Antonio Spurs winning food finals


VIDEO: Lang at Barclays

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals don’t begin until tonight, but the Spurs have already pulled ahead in one important race — stadium food. As you can see in the video above, a few months ago I did some extensive research into the food served at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so I may be something of an expert on this topic. But I’ve never seen anything like what the Spurs have introduced for the Finals.

I mean, really? I thought it would tough to top my favorite food in San Antonio, the Frito Pie. According to Eater, this sandwich, called The 3-Pointer, has “three kinds of barbecued meat (pork, brisket, and sausage), three cheeses (“Texas Havarti,” muenster, and queso fresco), plus ‘Mexican Coca Cola Caramelized Onions’ and a choice of three barbecue sauces including a root beer barbecue sauce. Oh and also three pieces of Texas toast. $12.50.”

That actually seems like a pretty good deal for $12.50. I guess all that’s left is to wait for Matt Bonner’s review of the 3-Pointer.

(via TNLP)

What Would Happen If A Wacky British Announcer Called Game 7 Of The NBA Finals?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like if a wacky British announcer called Game 7 of the NBA Finals, this video is for you…
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Spurs Fans View Ray Allen’s Game 6 Three-Pointer


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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just this past weekend at a barbecue, I was introduced to a gentleman from Texas. Our conversation, as many conversations I engage in tend to do, soon turned to the NBA, and this man told me he was a rabid Spurs fan. He quickly mentioned how tough the NBA Finals were to watch for a Spurs fan, and I mentioned that I was there in in the arena in Miami covering that devastating game six for NBA.com. We both shook our heads at the memory of that game.

Even though it was just a few months ago, Ray Allen‘s corner desperation three-pointer to send game six into overtime, which you can see in the clip above, has firmly found a home among the NBA’s all-time biggest shots. There in the arena in Miami, even as some fans had already headed for the exits, it was deafening when that ball swished through the net.

What would the reaction have been like had it the same thing happened in San Antonio? Thanks to a video working its way around the internet lately, we have a pretty good idea. The video below was shot in San Antonio’s AT&T Center during a game six viewing party for Spurs fans. Ray Allen’s shot happens right around the 55-second mark, and you can see hands go to heads throughout the arena as the shot drops. Oof.
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(via CBS Sports)

Watch Isiah Thomas On NBA TV Along With Isiah Thomas

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On last week’s edition of the Hang Time Podcast, Sekou and I got into a discussion about Allen Iverson‘s impending retirement. When I wondered aloud if Iverson would go down in history as the best “little man” to play the game, Sekou quickly countered by bringing up Isiah Thomas. When I wondered if maybe Iverson would be known as just the best plain scorer at six-feet or under, again Sekou brought up Isiah. This was a timely conversation to have, because on Tuesday night on NBA TV, we’re going to celebrate one of Isiah’s greatest games, and one of the NBA’s greatest moments. And Isiah himself will be involved.

The 1988 NBA Finals lasted seven games, with the Los Angeles Lakers eventually prevailing, 4-3. But it was Game 6 of the series when Isiah Thomas had perhaps the most heroic game of his career, even in defeat. In the middle of the third quarter, Isiah sprained his ankle, badly enough that he could barely put any weight on it. Still, he missed just 35-seconds of game action, and Isiah hobbled through to finish with 43 points for the Detroit Pistons. Isiah’s big night included 25 points in the 3rd quarter on 11-of-13 shooting, a Finals record for points in a quarter. (The Lakers went on to come from behind and win as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hit two free throws to give them a 103-102 victory to force a Game 7.) You can see some highlights from the third quarter in the video above.

NBA TV will air a two-hour version of the entire game, Tuesday night, August 27th, at 8 p.m. ET. Even cooler? Thomas will be live tweeting along with the game as it airs. Isiah will be using the @NBATV handle and the hashtag #IsiahLive during the event. And if you’re not on Twitter, Isiah’s tweets will appear on-screen on NBA TV.
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LeBron’s Game 7 Jumpers In GIF Form

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If it seemed as though Miami’s LeBron James couldn’t miss in Game 7, that’s a bit of hyperbole. Yes, LeBron went for 37 points, but he did miss a few shots here and there. But the Spurs did their best to contain him and make him make jumpers. And on that front, Bron punished the Spurs and led the Heat to another title. Here’s a GIF from Drew Sheppard that shows all of Bron’s jumpers at once. Cool stuff…

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Twitter Congratulates The Heat

By Jonathan Hartzell, for NBA.com

No sport has embraced Twitter as much as the NBA in the past few years and last night many NBA players made sure to give their congratulations to repeat champs:

Twitter Watches The Finals

By Jonathan Hartzell, for NBA.com

After a remarkable Game 6 which saw the Miami Heat fight off elimination against the San Antonio Spurs, the 2013 NBA Finals will be determined tonight with the 18th Game 7 in Finals history.

To help you follow along with what should be an incredible game, this page will update with Tweets from athletes, reporters, analysts, and celebrities throughout the night. Let the fun begin.

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What They’re Saying: LeBron’s Headband

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

By Jonathan Hartzell, for NBA.com

The Miami Heat‘s season looked to be nearly over during the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals as their offense stagnated, their defense couldn’t stop fouling, and LeBron James was unable to find a rhythm. But then James took his headband off and everything began to work. He remained headband-less for the rest of regulation, overtime, and post game interviews as the Heat rallied back to beat the San Antonio Spurs 100-103.

Besides sparking the Heat’s run, James’ headband-less look also caused quite a stir on Twitter. From athletes, to reporters, to celebrities, LeBron’s bare scalp allowed us to remember everyone’s got jokes.

Twitter Watches The Finals

By Jonathan Hartzell, for NBA.com

Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals is finally here and with one win, the San Antonio Spurs can win their fifth NBA Championship in the past 14 seasons. To help you follow the action, this page will update with Tweets from players, coaches, analysts, and reporters watching what should be an incredible game.