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Tony Parker beats shot clock buzzer on clutch basket (Video)

Tony Parker was a star for the San Antonio Spurs in their 92-88 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, and he made a controversial, clutch shot in the final seconds of the game.

The Heat had closed the gap and made it a two-point game in the final 30 seconds after LeBron James made two free throws. San Antonio got the ball for the next possession and Parker was absolutely harassed by Miami. He kept dribbling and dribbling and everywhere he looked he and his teammates were covered by Heat players. With the shot clock ticking down, Parker jumped off his pivot foot and threw in a bank shot. The basket gave San Antonio a 92-88 lead with 5 seconds left, essentially icing the game.

But did he get the shot off in time? This freeze frame from ABC shows that he did:

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Tony Parker texting George Hill advice on how to beat Miami Heat

Tony-Parker-George-Hill-SpursAnyone who is familiar with the NBA would tell you the Spurs would rather play the Pacers than the Heat in the NBA Finals. Miami may have looked shaky at times during the postseason, but LeBron James is still leading the way. After seeing what LeBron did during Game 5 on Thursday night, you would have to be crazy to think your chances are better against him than someone else.

It certainly sounds like Tony Parker is hoping to avoid King James, otherwise I doubt he would be texting his buddy George Hill advice on how to beat the Heat. On Thursday, Parker told Rachel Nichols he has been giving the Pacers guard pointers.

Hill and Parker were teammates together in San Antonio for three seasons from 2008-2011, where Hill served as a backup to Parker and Manu Ginobili.

“I watched (all of Indiana’s Game 2 win over Miami),” Parker told NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan last week. “We’ve been texting the whole playoffs. I always follow George. He’s like my little brother, so I always text him.”

It should be noted that the Spurs lost both game against the Heat that Parker played in this season, but I’m sure the veteran guard has been providing valuable advice. Hill scored 18 or more points in each of Games 2-4, but he managed only one point on Thursday night during Indiana’s Game 5 loss. With the way LeBron is locked in, he and his teammates will need all the advice they can get to avoid elimination in Game 6.

Tony Parker kisses girlfriend Axelle Francine after win

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Tony Parker seems to have moved on from the long-term relationship he had with Eva Longoria. On Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs guard was spotted smooching girlfriend Axelle Francine after his team swept the Memphis Grizzlies to advance to the NBA Finals.

[Related: Tony Parker engaged to girlfriend Axelle Francine]

Axelle is a French journalist, and Parker has been dating her since we introduced her to you last February. There have been very few public photos of the two since then, but @cjzero shared the one you see above on Monday. Axelle was also seen sitting with security at the game, as @katlyn2times pointed out:

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Marc Gasol checks on Tony Parker after poking him in eye (Video)

Marc GasolThe Memphis Grizzlies were unable to compete with the San Antonio Spurs in the Eastern Conference finals, but at least they showed their opponents some excellent sportsmanship.

Late in the fourth quarter of Game 4, Marc Gasol accidentally poked Tony Parker in the eye while trying to defend a shot. Rather than hustle back to the other end of the floor where the Grizzlies were on offense, Gasol stayed back to make sure Parker was OK.

The Grizzlies scored on their offensive possession despite not having Gasol on that end of the floor, so that may have been karma rewarding them.

“It’s OK. It happens. It’s a very physical series and I know Marc didn’t do it on purpose,” Parker said of the poke after the game.

Parker had 37 points, four rebounds, and six assists in the series-ending 93-86 win. Gasol had 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists in the loss. He also showed much better sportsmanship than a team like the Boston Celtics.

Tony Parker denies he was turned away from Memphis restaurant

Was Tony Parker denied access to a Memphis restaurant because he didn’t have a reservation? Kelly English, a famous chef who owns an eatery called Restaurant Iris, created that impression when he sent out the following tweets on Friday night.

Tony-Parker-SpursAccording to Parker, English must have had him confused with someone else. The Spurs guard insists that he was not denied access to English’s restaurant, nor did he even go out to eat that night.

“I don’t know what is going on with that, man,” Parker told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday. “I did not do that. Can you stop doing promos? Is that a new way of doing promos? That’s a new way of doing promotion now, using my name? I did not do that.”

English is a Grizzlies fan who has the team’s slogan “Grit, Grind” written on his arm in his Twitter avatar photo. Parker said that he heard about the story on Saturday morning and that he rarely eats at restaurants when the Spurs are on the road because he is afraid a fan of the opposing team might do something to his food.

“I stayed in my hotel room, never called or anything,” Parker said. “…I don’t know why you [media] keep fueling that. I guess he’s going to have a lot of people now going to his restaurant because you guys keep talking about it. It’s a great way to promote it with a fake reservation.”

We know Parker has been the victim of some foul play on the court during his team’s series against Memphis, but is he being used as a marketing tool off the court? That seems to be what he’s implying.

Tony Allen trips Tony Parker in open court (Video)

Tony Allen trips Tony ParkerCompetitive instinct seemed to take over for Tony Allen during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Early in the third quarter, Spurs point guard Tony Parker rebounded a Mike Conley miss and was off and running in transition. He took the ball up by the sidelines and did a spin move around Allen, but Allen stuck out his foot and tripped Parker. The two quickly made up and Parker seemed to be a good sport about it, while Allen apologized.

Allen didn’t appear to have any malice with his act — it seemed like he was just trying to stop Parker out of instinct — but tripping a guy like that can be dangerous.

Parker played extremely well during the game. He went 9-of-14 for 20 points and nine assists in San Antonio’s blowout 105-83 win. They were ahead by so much that Tracy McGrady even registered seven minutes, though he did not score. Kawhi Leonard went 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, Matt Bonner was 4-of-6, and Danny Green was 3-for-5. They shot 48.3 percent on their threes. You’re not going to beat the Spurs when they’re making that many outside shots.

Chris Bosh nutmegged by Chris Paul and Tony Parker (Video)

Why does it seem like everyone is picking on Chris Bosh? The Miami Heat big man was nutmegged not once, but twice during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday in Houston.

First, Chris Paul, who won MVP honors, went through the big man’s legs by the baseline during the second quarter. Then just before the first half ended, Tony Parker did the same thing.

Paul later explained in an interview with TNT’s David Aldridge that Bosh was playing up so close on the point guards, that was their only way around him. Hey, whatever works.

Bosh did get CP3 back though by photobombing the point guard’s MVP moment:

Chris Bosh Chris Paul photobomb

Photo via @WorldofIsaac