Chris Bosh flops, fails on halftime dunk (Video)

The Miami Heat won Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday 109-93 to even their series with the San Antonio Spurs at two, so he can laugh about it now, but Chris Bosh had a rough couple of minutes there in the second quarter.

First Bosh was caught flopping as he was fighting Tim Duncan for position in the lower block. Just as Gary Neal was driving the lane, Bosh went flying as he pretended like he was savagely pushed by Duncan. Replays showed it was mostly an act. It paid off at the time; Duncan was called for a moving screen, giving the ball to the Heat, but Bosh will likely be hit with a fine from the league.

Then there was Bosh getting Duncan on a pump fake and driving to the basket for a monster dunk right before halftime. The only problem is Bosh went soaring a split-second too late, and the buzzer went off right before he threw down the jam.

You can see that video below:

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Gregg Popovich rips reporter who asks if he will ‘mail in’ Game 4 to rest Tony Parker

Gregg Popovich interviewThe San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are set to square off for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and Tony Parker’s status remains in question. An MRI revealed earlier this week that Parker suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain during Game 3, and he has been listed as day-to-day.

Fortunately for the Spurs, they have a 2-1 series lead over Miami. Because of that, a reporter made the mistake of asking Gregg Popovich if he might “mail in” Game 4 in order to rest Parker so he can come back later in the series.

“I’ve just got to tell you, that phrase ‘mail in Game 4 …” Popovich snapped, via Pro Basketball Talk. “It confuses my whole brain. I don’t think I can think past that comment. I would like to help you, but I don’t know how to help you. You can come back to our coach’s office and hit us up. We’ll be talking about all these sorts of things. Any ideas are welcome. I have no idea until I know how healthy he is tomorrow.”

The reporter was not suggesting that the Spurs should tank Game 4 and focus on Game 5. His point was likely that Popovich may be more inclined to play an injured Parker if the situation were reversed and his team was trailing 2-1, rather than risk Parker hurting his hamstring further.

As we have been reminded throughout the playoffs with interviews like this, Pop can be very difficult to talk to when the stakes are high. Anytime you downplay the importance of a playoff game in some way, the Spurs coach is not going to be pleased.

LeBron James wears Superman-like cape in practice, media session

LeBron James is trying to make a statement ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

LeBron JamesFollowing a disappointing Game 3 performance in which James went 7-for-21 and did not attempt a free throw in a 113-77 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat star draped a red practice jersey around his neck and down his back for Wednesday’s practice and media session.

The message was clear: James is trying to remind himself that he has to play like a superhero — like Superman — for the Heat to come back from their 2-1 series deficit.

“I take full responsibility for our team’s performance [in Game 3],” James told the media. “Me as a leader, I can’t afford to perform like I did last night and expect for us to win on the road. I’m putting all the pressure on my chest, on my shoulders to come through for the team.”

James reiterated that his performance in Game 3 was not good enough, and he vowed to be better in Game 4.

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Stephen Curry mocks LeBron James for poor Game 3 performance

Stephen-Curry-daughterLeBron James had his worst game of the playoffs on Tuesday night, and the final score reflected his performance. The San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat on a night where LeBron managed to shoot only 7-for-21 from the floor, including 1-for-5 from three-point range. Miami played poorly all-around, particularly in the second half en route to an embarrassing 113-77 loss.

In the first half, James managed to score only four points. That seems impossible with the way he has been playing, but the Spurs were somehow able to completely shut him down. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry happened to be running the Sportscenter Twitter account during the game, and he decided to take a shot at LeBron.

Come on, bro. Cut the man some slack. He’s been carrying the Heat throughout most of the postseason, so I think we can give him one rough game. Plus, his team happens to still be playing while Curry’s is watching from home.

Curry was obviously just messing around. That doesn’t mean LeBron won’t use his Vine video and those Spurs fans partying like they won a title as motivation heading into Game 4.

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San Antonio Spurs fans celebrate Game 3 win like they won NBA title (Video)

The San Antonio Spurs destroyed the Miami Heat in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead on Tuesday night. After splitting the first two games of the series in Miami, Tim Duncan and company gained the upperhand with a 113-77 victory. As you would expect, Spurs fans were loving it.

The series is far from over, but a collection of fans were so excited that they decided to party in the streets as though their team had just won the whole damn thing. We’re talking car horns beeping and kids in diapers on top of a pickup truck.

With the way some of these Spurs fans were acting, you’d swear the team didn’t have two wins to go.

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Danny Green, Gary Neal shoot Spurs to Game 3 win

Gary Neal Danny GreenIf you were told before Game 3 of the NBA Finals that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker were going to combine for just 25 points in the contest, you would have thought the San Antonio Spurs lost, right? Well it turns out that good offensive games from those guys were not needed with the way Gary Neal and Danny Green shot the ball.

Green and Neal combined to score 51 points for the Spurs in a 113-77 blowout win over the Miami Heat in Game 3. The two combined to shoot 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) in the game as the Spurs made an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers. Green in particular was spectacular once again.

Green went 9-for-15 and made 7 of 9 3-pointers in Game 3. He made both his free throws, got two steals, and added two blocks in the victory. Green made all five of his 3-point attempts in a Game 2 loss, and he went 4-for-9 on threes in Game 1. Yes, Green is currently shooting 69.9 percent (16-23) on threes in the NBA Finals. San Antonio is going to be hard to beat if he keeps up that clip.

Neal was nearly as impressive. He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 6-for-10 on threes to give him 24 points in the game. The third-year player from Towson also had this huge buzzer-beating three to end the first half, which came after Green blocked a LeBron James shot:

Neal was so confident that he was just bombing shots from all over the court. Early in the fourth quarter, just when it looked like the Heat might be coming back, Neal nailed back-to-back threes, including a deep one from 30 feet away:

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Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, Mike Miller key Miami Heat win

Mario Chalmers BirdmanThe Miami Heat’s Big Three get most of the attention on the team, but it was actually the role players who led the Heat to a 103-84 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.

The Heat went on a 30-5 run from the 3:11 mark in the third quarter to the 7:13 mark in the fourth quarter, turning what was a 64-62 game into a 94-67 lead. The run started when Birdman entered the game for Chris Bosh and Ray Allen subbed in for Dwyane Wade. The lineup of Allen, Birdman, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers and LeBron James then went on a 22-5 run together.

Chalmers, who struggled against Tony Parker in a Game 1 loss, turned the tables on the Spurs point guard. He drove and shot his way to a team-high 19 points. He went 6-for-12 from the field including 2-of-4 on threes, and he made all five of his free throws.

Allen took advantage of the Spurs’ defense collapsing around James for the second straight game. He was 5-for-8 from the field and made three of five 3-pointers to give him 13 points. Allen went 3-for-4 on threes in Game 1, putting him at 66% from long range in the Finals.

Miller continued to see minutes in place of Shane Battier, who only played five minutes, and he provided Miami a boost. Miller made all three 3-pointers he attempted, giving him nine points in 16 minutes.

Miami’s biggest problem in their Game 1 loss to the Spurs last Thursday was their poor 3-point shooting. The Spurs packing the paint to keep LeBron on the outside led Miami to bomb threes the entire game. They went 8-for-25 (32%) on threes in Game 1 (the 25 3-point shots was their second-highest amount of the postseason). Not only did the Heat cut down on the copious amount of 3-point attempts in Game 2, but they also increased their percentage. The Heat shot 10-for-19 (52.6%) on threes in Game 2, which even topped the Spurs, who started off the game hot and made 10 of 20 threes.

The Spurs are forcing the Heat to play outside and make the role players beat them. The strategy worked in Game 1, but not Game 2. I figure as long as the Heat shoot over 36% on threes in a given game, they’ll probably win. If they can make over 50% in a game, then it will turn into a laugher as this one did.