Jun 19, 2013 11:14 AM EDT
ABC had an overnight rating of 14.7 for Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
The rating makes it the fourth highest for the Finals since ABC began its coverage, trailing Game 7 in 2010 between the Lakers and Celtics, Game 5 in 2004 between the Pistons and Lakers, and Game 6 in 2011 between the Mavericks and Heat.
The rating peaked at 19.8 from 11:45 PM until midnight EST.
Game 7 in 2010 had a rating of 18.2.
Jun 19, 2013 10:49 AM EDT
Tim Duncan entered the game illegally for the final possession of regulation after the referees reviewed Ray Allen's game-tying three-pointer in Game 6.
Reviews aren't technically a dead ball situation, meaning substitutions cannot be made without a timeout. The San Antonio Spurs were out of timeouts, meaning they couldn't make a substitution or advance the ball.
Tony Parker drove to the left baseline and missed a jumper at the buzzer.
Jun 18, 2013 3:32 PM EDT
Danny Green has set the record for most three-pointers made in an NBA Finals series, but Chris Bosh was adamant the Miami Heat will limit the San Antonio Spurs guard's open looks in Game 6 on Tuesday.
"[Green] won't be open tonight," Bosh said.
Tony Parker said after Game 5 that he could not believe the Heat continued to give Green open shots.
In Green's mind, if the Heat crowd him more in Game 6, it will lead to additional driving lanes for Parker and Manu Ginobili.
"You have to give up something," Green said, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Jun 17, 2013 3:58 PM EDT
The NBA Finals averaged more than 16 million viewers during Game 5 on Sunday.
The game peaked at one point with 19.3 million viewers.
With an 11.5 rating in Game 5, viewership was down 9.5 percent from when the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the title.
The series is averaging a 9.0 rating.
Jun 15, 2013 11:39 PM EDT
Tony Parker said Saturday that his ailing hamstring is at risk of getting much worse.
“My hamstring can tear at any time now,” he said, “so if it was the regular season I would be resting. But now it’s the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it’s life.”
Parker is dealing with a right hamstring strain.
“I feel like I’m getting stronger with it,” he said. “My goal is to be close to 100 percent by tomorrow (for Game 5). I felt confident, being disciplined with all the treatments, with the ice. Hopefully I’ll be good by tomorrow.”
Jun 15, 2013 1:48 AM EDT
With 12 of the 30 NBA teams changing coaches since the end of the regular season, Erik Spoelstra ripped the coaching turnover that has gone on, calling it a "terrible state for the profession right now."
"[For] true success in the NBA, you must have consistency of culture," he said. "When you see that type of turnover over and over and over, it's impossible to create any kind of sustainable consistent culture. And we don't see it as a coincidence."
Spoelstra compared the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs as two organizations that have stability starting at the coaching spot.
"San Antonio has been the same way for 15 years with Pop in charge," Spoelstra said. "We don't see it as coincidence.
"I think it's really a shame for the profession of coaching that it's been so volatile. But I'm also very grateful that our organization doesn't behave in that manner."
Jun 15, 2013 1:40 AM EDT
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points in a resurgent performance for him and the Miami Heat's big three on Thursday, and he believes Game 5 will be the best game of this NBA Finals series.
"I think Game 5 should be the best game of the series," Dwyane Wade said. "Both teams should come out knowing each other, knowing what each other want to do, and it should be a very good game."
The Heat and San Antonio Spurs are tied 2-2 heading into Game 5.
"Game 5 is going to be a big game," Chris Bosh said. "I think we just have to stay in the place that we're in."
Jun 13, 2013 8:56 PM EDT
Roy Hibbert shed light on his friendship with Tim Duncan.
"I met him when I was a kid — in 2001 during the NBA All-Star Game in D.C.," Hibbert said. "I actually had a chance to meet him, and he actually remembers that moment. So that was pretty fun. We talk, text, share, like, scouting reports on other teams and things like that. I sent him mine for the Heat. Just a friendship."
Hibbert and Duncan share reports though not to the extent that it could give one a potential over the other.
"To tell the truth, when we compete against each other, we have respect," Hibbert said. "We're friends off the court. But on the court, he's trying to go at [me] and I'm trying to go at [him]. We've gotta make sure our teams win. But I learn from him, and — you know, he's the best, so I don't know if he picks anything up from me. But I definitely learn from him."
Jun 13, 2013 12:21 PM EDT
After suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain, Tony Parker will play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
“I’ll be ready to go," Parker said at Thursday morning's shootaround.
The Spurs will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Miami Heat.
“Same as any other player,” Gregg Popovich said of Parker. “I want him to do his job.”
Jun 12, 2013 1:15 PM EDT
Tony Parker had an MRI on Wednesday on his injured hamstring, revealing a slight strain.
Parker was limited to just six points in 27 minutes in the San Antonio Spurs' Game 3 win.
Parker went to the locker room for treatment in the second half, but returned to the game.
Parker's status for Game 4 is uncertain.
"We'll see tomorrow how I feel," wrote Parker on his Twitter page. "I really hope to play."
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