Posts Tagged ‘NBA Finals’

It’s the last links before Christmas. Exciting.

* Patrick Reusse with another of his classic pieces on a Minnesota legend, this time Chisholm’s Bob McDonald.

* SI’s Lee Jenkins with a great story about the final 29 seconds of regulation in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and how Ray Allen pulled off his game-tying shot. 

* The Huffington Post talks to the music supervisor on American Hustle, which is a great movie with an incredible sound track.

* Hank Stuever on Saturday Night Live.

* It’s a 2013 version of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire.

* Shia LaBeouf as a serial plagiarist continues to be a bizarre tale.

* Michael Lewis gets $8,000 for a 1,200-word column in Bloomberg View. 

* The hackers who hit Target and stole credit card info were really smart. That makes it better.

* R. Kelly has some issues and at least one journalist thinks the public should know that.

* Could I interest you in this pair of self-healing shoes?

* Long form is not necessarily the best way to go when it comes to blogging. (Whew.)

“The NBA is expected to make a major change to its traditional Finals schedule, ending the 2-3-2 format and returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 game rotation used in all other playoff rounds, multiple sources told”—Brian Windhorst

Nothing in sports makes me as happy as watching the Lakers win a title, but if I had to list the next-best thing it might be watching the Boston Celtics lose and listening to their fans complain.

They complain about John Havlicek’s injury costing them the 1973 NBA title and talk about how many more titles they’d won with Len Bias. If only Kendrick Perkins had been healthy for Game 7 in 2010, his offensive brilliance would have led the Celtics over the Lakers, they say with their annoying accents. And they might have three-peated if not for Kevin Garnett’s bad knee in 2009. Injuries cost them the 1987 title. So many complaints for a franchise with 17 NBA titles.


That dude wearing a Golden State Warriors jersey is super psyched right now because the Miami Heat on Thursday night defended their NBA crown by besting the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of The Finals.

Oy. Neither TV nor Fury really want to relive it given our proclivity for hating the Heat, but … we’re going to discuss it anyway. Because we’re pros like that.


Ugh. We here at TVFury are still trying to come to grips with what happened Tuesday night on South Beach. In hindsight, maybe we should have headed for the exits early like so many loyal Heat fans.

But in a show of professionalism and unwavering maturity, we stayed up late to rehash an astounding Game 6 of the NBA Finals between Miami and San Antonio and to look ahead to the upcoming Game 7.

Here’s the link. Enjoy in moderation.

Guilt set in Sunday night around 11 p.m. CT, internal concerns that I had perhaps neglected my family and/or done something absentminded such as put my keys in the freezer. That’s how many good sporting events were on TV this weekend, and I dutifully watched most of them. You know, because I’m dedicated to our readers.

There’s no way I could choose just one to write about. Plus, the sum of the weekend unquestionably was better than the individual parts. My musings:

* The U.S. Men’s National Team continued World Cup qualifying by traveling to Jamaica. The contest was decided late, the U.S. coughing up the lead and then taking it back on an improbable goal by a little-known player.

I know this because I watched it on a Web feed of a channel called beIN Sport. I’m going to assume that the airing was pirated because no station in its right mind would run ads promoting “ugly girls.” No, I’m not making that up.

But the point is this: There are roughly 87 million channels in the English-speaking world, and a vast majority of them offer at least one interesting show. However, we can’t watch it unless our cable/internet/satellite provider offers that channel. It’s about time a scientist somewhere go to work on fixing this, finding a way to make anything on any channel available to anybody – if only on the web or through iTunes – for a fee. It’d be like pay-per-view except for whatever you want to watch, not only for what’s explicitly offered.
We, the people, are willing to pay for it. Just give us the opportunity.

* The French Open wrapped up in relatively satisfying fashion for front-runner fans with Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal winning the women’s and men’s titles, respectively.

Serena slugged her way through the field so easily that I received an email in my work account wondering if she might be on something. Her semifinal win over a pint-sized Italian was neither fair not particularly fun to watch.
Meanwhile, Nadal returned to glory with his first Slam victory after a seven-month layoff due to injury. The way the tears welled in his eyes during the Spanish national anthem, I wondered if there was a time that he thought his career might be over. Then again, maybe he just got flare smoke in his eyes during the second of two bizarre match interruptions by fans.

On a related note, I showed some pretty remarkable restraint during the Nadal match, refusing to Google “Nadal, one arm bigger than the other” or the like. I’ve heard rumors that’s the case, and it does look possible from certain angles. But I’ve decided not to seek out this information, to let mystery prevail – to be uniformed about a trivial matter the way the bulk of the world used to be.

* For all the regrettable things people post on Twitter, I’m more apt to kick myself for NOT posting something. Such was the case Sunday, when it occurred to me that there was no way the Miami Heat were going to lose Game 2 of the NBA Finals. There were at least three reasons: They’re a really good team; Spurs hater Joey Crawford was chosen to ref the game; the league couldn’t risk another sweep in a postseason full of them.

It crossed my mind to let the world know that it should bet everything it owns on the Heat to win. But I didn’t, afraid that some poor kid would take the advice and end up losing the shirt off his back on my accord.

My bad. The game at first was controlled by members of the supporting casts and then dominated by the Heat – in part because Manu Ginobili was dreadful. It was as if he forgot how to dribble. I’ve seen this happen to other players on lesser levels, and it’s astounding every time. How can a guy be so off his game as to be incapable of reproducing any of the skills that he’d practiced and mastered over so many years? In this case, Ginobili’s freeze-up coincided with a career performance by teammate Danny Green, who briefly belonged to the D-League team in Sioux Falls just last season.

Strange stuff.

Yep, I think I’ll keep watching.

A funny thing happened Saturday night: I turned on the TV and there wasn’t an NBA game. Does that mean the Finals are over? Fury and I couldn’t stand to watch after the Hollywood Heat took a 3-games-to-1 lead in the series.

OK, maybe we did watch. We just wish we hadn’t … or that the outcome had been different. Then again, perhaps I’m speaking out of turn. We’re about to find out as TV and Fury rehash the end of the NBA season.


In my alternate universe the Lakers are preparing to host the Celtics tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It’s the third meeting in five years for the two teams, the two most storied franchises in the league. Both teams own a title. Seven games to break the tie, even if the Celtics still hold a decisive edge on the big board.

Fortunately this year, the real championship should be even better than my fake Finals. While I would have loved another Lakers-Celtics matchup, it also would have been a bit tired, just like the players on the teams. The Thunder rolled through the Lakers, and the Heat outlasted a Celtics team that seemed to age 10 years with every minute that went by in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. These are certainly the two best teams. Many people predicted these Finals before the season started, before the lockout even ended. The Spurs became favorites for awhile but the Thunder were always there, toying with the best record in the West before finally pulling away in the WCF. And the Heat will be favorites in the East until either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade leaves the other behind in free agency.

Hopefully this series lives up to the hype, because we might see it several more times in the next few years.