Southwest Division

San Antonio Capitalizing on Opportunity

The Spurs are doing everything possible to avoid another championship from slipping away. In the same building, AmericanAirlines Arena, 358 days ago, San Antonio failed to capitalize on two chances of winning the 2013 NBA title.

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2014 NBA Finals Preview

By doing less, LeBron James is hoping to add one more ring to his collection. Through the first 15 games of the 2014 NBA playoffs, the 29-year-old forward is averaging his fewest field goal attempts, rebounds, assists and minutes played in nine career playoff appearances. 

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Spurs Clinch Finals Berth in Overtime

For the first time in the 2014 Western Conference finals, the Spurs and Oklahoma City engaged in a back-and-forth contest. Each of the first five games in the series featured one team taking command of the game early and posting a double digit victory.

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Memphis Holds Off Furious Comeback

No matter how many miraculous comeback attempts Oklahoma City stormed, the Grizzlies immediately countered. Memphis survived 65 combined points from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, a raucous sold out crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena and Marc Gasol fouling out prior to overtime to take away home court advantage.

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2014 Western Conference Playoff Preview

For all of the success Chris Paul has been able to achieve throughout his nine-year career, playoff success has proven to be elusive. While he has been able to lead his team into the post season, Paul has been able to win a series just twice and has a career record of 16-24 in the playoffs. 

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Fractured Hand Sidelines Leonard

For the second time in 10 days, a fractured hand is expected to keep a key rotation player out of San Antonio’s lineup for a month. Kawhi Leonard played just 15 minutes during Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City and is expected to miss four weeks recovering from a fractured right hand. 

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Balanced Spurs Win Eighth Straight

All-Star point guard Tony Parker wasn’t needed in the fourth quarter for San Antonio to extend its winning streak to eight games. Once again the team played with remarkable efficiency, as 27 of the Spurs 39 field goals came off an assist, resulting in a 104-93 victory over Boston. 

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Shaky Coaching Costs Spurs in Finals

There is plenty of blame to go around for San Antonio’s collapse in the NBA Finals and the name at the top of the list is head coach Gregg Popovich. For all the experience and accolades he has received, he will unfortunately have to live with two huge mistakes that cost his team a championship.

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Seven Keys for Game 7 of the 2013 Finals

Forty eight hours after 48 minutes wasn’t enough to determine the winner of Game 6, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat square off with the 2013 NBA championship on the line. Miami was 28 seconds away from elimination but forced an extra five minutes behind a clutch 3-pointer by Ray Allen and an emphatic block from Chris Bosh to …

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Pelicans Hoping to Nest in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS- Abandoned by the NBA for 17 seasons after the Jazz departed for Salt Lake City, the return of basketball hasn’t resonated with the city just yet. The Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans just prior to the start of the 2002-03 season but the team never truly felt at home in the Big Easy.

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