Everything you need to know about the 2013 NBA Finals



Many basketball fans expect the 2013 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat to be a close and exciting series. Several questions and storylines headline this matchup: Will Tim Duncan become the 26th player in NBA history to win at least five championships? Will LeBron James led Miami to a second straight title and continue to establish himself as one of the game’s greatest players? How much money will David Stern fine Gregg Popovich if the Spurs coach decides to rest any of his star players for a game during the series?

While it’s unclear which team will win, here’s a 10-fact guide for this year’s NBA Finals:


This will be the fourth time a  Florida-based team has played a Texas-based team in the NBA Finals.

1995-Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic

2006 and 2011-Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat



 The players on the Spurs and Heat rosters have won 26 championships combined.



With a victory in this series, the Spurs will become the third franchise in NBA history to win a championship in each of their first five  NBA Finals appearances.

Minneapolis Lakers: 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954

Chicago Bulls: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997

Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 1


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Bryan Paul’s Puzzling NFL Predictions: Week 11


In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Mass., created a new indoor game. In this game, players dribbled a soccer ball around a court and earned points by shooting the ball into a peach basket. Today, basketball remains one the world’s most popular sports.

Football and basketball are different. Football stadiums are large structures. Basketball arenas are smaller, more intimate facilities. Football players, shielded by helmets, face masks and pads, perform like Roman Empire gladiators. Basketball players wear a simpler uniform consisting of a jersey, shorts and sneakers and display their talents and skills with the same dramatic flair as Broadway actors.

There is less parity in basketball. Since David Stern became commissioner of the National Basketball Association in 1984, eight different franchises have won NBA championships. Fourteen different National Football League teams have won the Super Bowl.

There are similarities. Lucas Oil Stadium, the Georgia Dome and Ford Field have hosted Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four games. NFL players Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Julius Peppers played college basketball. Football and basketball coaches both have a range of interesting characters from the wise Vince Lombardi and Phil Jackson, to the stern Tom Landry and Larry Brown to the zany Jimmy Johnson and Bob Knight.

In honor of slam dunks, steals, three pointers and technical fouls, the Week 11 predictions theme is basketball.


Miami Dolphins (4-5) at Buffalo Bills (3-6)-Nov. 15-8:20 p.m.-NFL Network

The Los Angeles Clippers, formally the Buffalo Braves, played in Western New York from 1970-78. Since the Braves moved away, the Bills are 271-294. Imagine, Buffalo sports fans: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin playing at First Niagara Center. Oh well.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Miami

Pollock’s Pick: Buffalo


Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Detroit Lions (4-5)-Nov. 18-1 p.m.-Fox

The University of Kentucky won its fifth national championship in 1978. This year, the program won its eighth title. The school’s triumph will doom Green Bay this week. The Packers are 1-6 in Week 11 games in years Kentucky wins the national championship.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Detroit

Pollock’s Pick: Green Bay


New York Jets (3-6) at St. Louis Rams (3-5-1)-Nov. 18-1 p.m.-CBS

John Calipari coached this year’s Kentucky national championship team. He has coached four teams that reached the Final Four. The Jets are 6-7 in November games during those seasons. The Rams are 2-11-1. However, the National Collegiate  Athletic Association vacated two of those appearances due to player eligibility and academic issues.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: St. Louis

Pollock’s Pick: St. Louis

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NBA Finals analysis everyone can understand

          The National Basketball Association championship begins Tuesday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Western Conference champion, and the Miami Heat, the Eastern Conference champion, compete in the NBA Finals. The matchup between Kevin Durant and LeBron James takes its place among other major battles of 2012 including Lane Pryce vs. Pete Campbell, Batman vs. Bane and Mark Sanchez vs. Tim Tebow.

But players won’t decide who hoists the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Here’s a series of facts in a best-of-seven format that indicate who will win.

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