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NBA Going to Cuba Got Miami Heated

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The professional basketball team, Miami Heat, is not happy with the National Basketball Association for not informing them of a planned basketball clinic in Cuba.

Now that the United States and Cuba relations are getting a little better (still a long way to go, but…) the NBA decided to take advantage of the positive rapport and together with FIBA (International Basketball Federation) they will host a four-day developmental camp in Havana, Cuba, April 23-26.

Yet, the Miami Heat is the only team – out of 30 NBA teams – that apposes the trip. Why, you ask? Well, the Heat’s small but very loud Cuban fan base in Miami don’t appreciate any association with the Castro-led Cuba that forced them out of their homeland.

In fact, the Heat didn’t know about the trip until they read it in the newspapers. The Heat said they were surprised that the NBA – knowing of their fan base – did not first speak to them, at least out of courtesy. “The NBA never consulted with us. This was undertaken unilaterally. The minute we found out we registered our vehement objection to the league office. Neither the Heat nor any personnel will be participating,” a team executive said to the Miami Herald.

Heat owner Micky Arison and team president and NBA Hall of Famer Pat Riley declined to comment.

“In the continued effort to strengthen our national federations, it is extremely gratifying to see Cuba serve as the center of a development camp of this magnitude,” said FIBA President Horacio Muratore during the NBA’s first Cuba trip announcement.

“This is a country that loves basketball and we are proud to work together with the NBA on this historic venture.”

2013 NBA Finals: Miami beats San Antonio 95-88 in Game 7 for second straight title

Dwyane Wade (l.), LeBron James (r.) and the Miami Heat won their second consecutive NBA title Thursday night, defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 95-88.

Dwyane Wade (l.), LeBron James (r.) and the Miami Heat won their second consecutive NBA title Thursday night, defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 95-88.

The San Antonio Spurs paid the ultimate price for blowing their chance to clinch the 2013 NBA Finals in Game 6, losing Game 7 Thursday to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena 95-88.

Miami repeats as NBA champion, while the Spurs will be left to wonder what could have been.

Heat forward LeBron James, who scored a Game 7-high 37 points on 12 of 23 shooting, was named the NBA Finals MVP for a second straight year. Dwyane Wade recorded 23 points on 11 of 21 shooting, connecting regularly, like James, with his mid-range jumper.

The other member of Miami’s “Big 3,” Chris Bosh—who got the key offensive rebound that led to Ray Allen’s game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in Game 6—got into foul trouble early in Thursday’s winner-take-all matchup and failed to record a single point. His lack of offense, however, would be more than made up for by Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers. Battier (18 points) hit six 3-pointers in as many attempts and Chalmers added 14 points and two steals.

Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (24 points, 12 rebounds) had a chance to tie the game at 90 with less than one minute left to play, but he missed his field goal attempt in the paint and watched San Antonio’s deficit increase to four points (92-88) when James hit a mid-range jumper in Miami’s subsequent possession with 27.9 seconds remaining.

What hurt the Spurs as much as anything in Game 7 was the Heat’s neutralization of Tony Parker and Danny Green. Parker was held to 10 points on 3 of 12 shooting; Green had just five points on 1 of 12 shooting.

2013 NBA Finals: Heat outlast Spurs in overtime thriller, force Game 7

Eighteen-year veteran Ray Allen's 3-pointer with just over five seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals bailed the Miami Heat out Tuesday.

Eighteen-year veteran Ray Allen’s 3-pointer with just over five seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals bailed the Miami Heat out Tuesday.

This year’s NBA Finals is going the distance.

Down 75-65 after three quarters, the Miami Heat came back to stun the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday, edging out a 103-100 win in Game 6. The defending champions got a game-tying 3-pointer from Ray Allen with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, then outscored San Antonio 8-5 in overtime.

Heat forward LeBron James finished with a triple-double (32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists), and point guard Mario Chalmers contributed 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting.

Mere seconds from dethroning Miami, the Spurs, protecting a three-point lead, were undone in Game 6 by Bosh’s offensive rebound after James missed a shot from behind the arc. Bosh quickly passed the ball to Allen, who had already planted himself on the far corner, and the 10-time NBA All-Star shooting guard knocked down the clutch 3-pointer to even the contest at 95.

Spurs power forward Tim Duncan scored a team-high 30 points in Game 6—but only five of his points came in the second half. Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker had 22 and 19 points, respectively.

Game 7 on Thursday, also in Miami, is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.

2013 NBA Finals: Spurs cool Heat in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili scored a personal season-best 24 points in Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili scored a personal season-best 24 points in Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

The defending champion Miami Heat is one loss away from its reign ending after the San Antonio Spurs won Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center Sunday 114-104.

Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scorched the Heat, accounting for 74 of San Antonio’s points on the night. Green, who hit six 3-pointers in 10 attempts, scored 24 points, as did Ginobili, who also recorded 10 assists. Parker scored a game-high 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting.

Despite Miami’s lionized trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scoring 66 points combined and the huge spark off the bench that was provided by Ray Allen (21 points), San Antonio consistently led Sunday’s game by double digits.

The series returns to AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami for Game 6 on Tuesday, tipping off at 9 p.m. ET.

Note: Danny Green’s sixth 3-pointer Sunday marked his 23rd of the series, giving him the record for most 3-pointers made in the NBA Finals. The record previously belonged to the Heat’s Ray Allen, who, as a Boston Celtic, amassed 22 3-pointers in the 2008 NBA Finals.

2013 NBA Finals: Heat beat Spurs in Game 4, even series

Dwyane Wade scored 32 points in Miami's series-tying win at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Thursday.

Dwyane Wade scored 32 points in Miami’s series-tying win at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Thursday.

This time, Miami’s “Big 3” owned the night.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored a combined 85 points in Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals Thursday at the AT&T Center, leading the Miami Heat past the San Antonio Spurs 109-93.

James had a game-high 33 points, Wade scored 32 points, and Bosh—who blocked two shots and came down with 13 rebounds—added 20 points.

The best-of-seven is now even at two games apiece, turning the series into a best-of-three.

The Spurs, whose leading scorer Thursday was Tim Duncan (20 points), were done in by a poor fourth quarter, getting outscored 28-17. They entered the quarter trailing Miami 81-76.

Game 5, which is in San Antonio, is on Sunday. Its start time is 8 p.m. ET.

2013 NBA Finals: Spurs hit 16 3-pointers in Game 3, crush Heat 113-77

Manu Ginobili (l.) embraces teammate Garry Neal (r.) after Neal hit one of San Antonio's 16 3-pointers vs. Miami in Game 3.

Manu Ginobili (l.) embraces teammate Garry Neal (r.) after Neal hit one of San Antonio’s 16 3-pointers vs. Miami in Game 3.

San Antonio Spurs shooters were too hot for the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center Tuesday night, combining for a Finals record 16 3-pointers in a 113-77 rout.

The Spurs’ 36-point win gives them a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven, which resumes Thursday in San Antonio.

Garry Neal (24 points) and Danny Green (27 points) co-starred in the relentless, 3-point range bombardment of Miami in Game 3, shooting 6 of 10 and 7 of 9 from behind the arc, respectively.

Outside of the Heat’s Mike Miller scoring 15 points on 5 of 5 shooting (all 3-pointers), there weren’t any offensive bright spots for the defending champions Tuesday. LeBron James had 15 points despite attempting 21 shots, and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Game 4 on Thursday is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. ET.

2013 NBA Playoffs: Pacers eliminate Knicks

New York native Roy Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers dealt the death blow to the Knicks' season Saturday night.

New York native Roy Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers dealt the death blow to the Knicks’ season Saturday night.

New York Knicks fans’ worst fears came true last night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where their team’s season was ended by the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers, 106-99 winners over New York in Game 6, move on to play the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals (Game 1 is on Wednesday), while the Knicks organization will likely mull whether it should enter a rebuilding phase this summer.

Carmelo Anthony (39 points) and his teammates—most notably Iman Shumpert (19 points) and Chris Copeland (three 3-pointers)—fought valiantly to erase a double-digit deficit in the second half of Game 6, but the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert (21 points), Paul George (23 points), Lance Stephenson (25 points), George Hill (12 points) and David West (17 points) were the much better starting unit.

Not since 1973 have the Knicks won an NBA title. Add another year to that drought.

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony scores 50 points in win over Miami Heat

The New York Knicks (47-26) are 9-0 since March 18.

The New York Knicks (47-26) are 9-0 since March 18.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony played like a man possessed at AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday night, scoring 50 points on 18 of 26 shooting in a 102-90 win over the Miami Heat (58-16).

In just over 40 minutes of action, Anthony hit seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts and seven free throws in eight attempts. His 50 points vs. Miami—which, it should be noted, rested All-Star duo Dwyane Wade and LeBron James as a precaution Tuesday—matched his career high.

Anthony’s previous (and only other) 50-point output came against the Knicks (47-26) in 2010 while he was a member of the Denver Nuggets.

With Tuesday’s win, the Knicks—now winners of nine consecutive games—took their season series vs. the Heat 3-1.

After making hit ‘Harlem Shake’ video, Heat beat Knicks in NYC

Miami Heat forward LeBron James and his teammates became internet sensations last week with their “Harlem Shake” video, which can be viewed below.

Led by LeBron James’ 29 points on 12 of 23 shooting, the Miami Heat (43-14) put the New York Knicks (35-21) in their place Sunday, winning 99-93 in front of a national TV audience and capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden.

With the victory, Miami, which entered Sunday 0-2 vs. New York this season, increased its winning streak to 14 games. The Knicks got a game-high 32 points from Carmelo Anthony but struggled down the stretch, getting outscored by the Heat 26-16 in the fourth quarter.

New York’s loss places it 7 1/2 games behind the No. 1-seeded Heat in the Eastern Conference standings. Losers of six out of their last 10 games, the Knicks are seeded third in the conference, also trailing the 38-22 Indiana Pacers.

For the Heat, Sunday’s triumph over the Knicks brought the week to an appropriate conclusion. As their win total kept surging last week, the defending NBA champions—who’ve not tasted defeat since Feb. 1—contributed to the “Harlem Shake” internet meme with a 56-second video that has tallied nearly 26 million views on YouTube.

Scroll down to view the video.

New York Knicks (@nyknicks) need strong start to second half

The Atlantic Division-leading New York Knicks (32-18) have struggled recently, losing three of four games going into the NBA All-Star break. With 32 regular-season games remaining, they’re in desperate need of returning to the brand of basketball that catapulted them to an 18-5 start.

This means a return to fluid ball movement and consistent help for Carmelo Anthony on the offensive end, and the tenacious defensive efforts that often disrupted and frustrated opponents during the first half. The good news for the Knicks is that they have the personnel to finish as a top-two seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The question is, will this aging and somewhat banged up team be able to close out the regular season as strongly as it started it?

Point guard Raymond Felton and the veteran trio of Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd and Rasheed Wallace battled injuries throughout the first half, so their health will loom large as New York challenges the Miami Heat (36-14) for best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks’ greatest weapons are their size and depth, which have presented problems for teams such as Miami, against which New York is 2-0 this season. On the other hand, the Knicks’ vulnerabilities have been exposed by the Chicago Bulls (30-22), whose physical play propelled them to three first-half wins over Melo and Co. Versus Chicago, the Knicks have yielded a combined 218 points in the teams’ last two meetings, and overall the Bulls’ in-your-face defensive play has caused Knicks players to clash with referees for what they perceived as uncalled fouls.

How the rest of this season plays out for the Knicks is anyone’s guess, but hopes are certainly high for a franchise in search of its first NBA title since 1973. New York kicks off its second-half schedule at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers (32-21).