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LeBron To Wear Headband For Game 7

LeBron James lost his headband during the fourth quarter of the Game 6 comeback win by the Miami Heat.

James was asked on Wednesday whether he will wear it for Game 7 on Thursday.

"I'll probably start with it, I'm a little superstitious," said James.

James has played with a headband throughout his career.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bosh On Fans Who Left Early: 'Don't Come Back For Game 7'

Many fans left American Airlines Arena during the final minute of Game 6 when the Miami Heat were trailing the San Antonio Spurs by five points.

After Ray Allen tied the game to force an overtime, many of the fans tried to reenter the arena but were denied by security.

"For all those guys who left, don't come back for Game 7," said Chris Bosh.

Bosh, who heard boos from the Miami crowd earlier in Game 6, was responsible for the assist to Allen on the game-tying basket and also blocked Danny Green's last second attempt in overtime.

Via Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Game 6 Has 4th Highest Rating Since ABC Began Televising NBA Finals

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.

Via Amanda Kondolojy/TV By The Numbers

Duncan Illegally Entered Game For Final Spurs' Possession Of Regulation

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.

Via Kelly Dwyer/Yahoo! Sports

Game 5 Draws 11.5 Rating

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Parker Has Slight Strain In Hamstring

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."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Game 3 Draws Lowest Overnight Finals Rating Since 2009

ABC drew a 10.0 overnight rating for its coverage of Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

The 10.0 rating was the lowest for any Finals game since 2009 when the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the Orlando Magic in Game 5 (9.4).

Game 3 in 2012 between the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder drew a 10.4 rating, while Game 3 in 2011 between the Heat and Dallas Mavericks drew an 11.1.

TNT drew a 7.1 rating for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Via Sports Media Watch

Spurs' Game-Plan Could Lead To LeBron Averaging Triple-Double For Series

The NBA has only had 10 players average a triple-double in a playoff series, with only Jason Kidd completing the feat in the past 20 years.

No player has ever averaged a triple-double in The Finals.

LeBron James enters Game 3 averaging 17.5 points, 13 rebounds and 8.5 assists.

The San Antonio Spurs appear to have built their defensive scheme against the Miami Heat around forcing James to be more of a passer than a scorer.

“What I do know is sharing the ball is contagious, and it allows everyone to feel involved in the offense,” James said. “For me personally, I know I attract a lot of attention. This team has been set up the right way where when I do attract attention, we have guys that can make plays.” 

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Game 1 Had 10.6 Overnight Rating

ABC had a 10.6 overnight rating for Game 1 of The NBA Finals on Thursday, the fourth straight year in which they had a double-digit rating for the opening game of the series.

The game had the third highest Game 1 rating since 2004.

The NFL typically draws a rating in the high twenties for its Conference Championship games, while Game 1 of the 2012 World Series had an 8.6 overnight rating.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bosh Apologized To Teammates Following Game 6

Chris Bosh apologized to his Miami Heat teammates following Game 6 due to his poor performance.

Bosh has failed to score in double-digits in each of the past three games, the first time that has happened in his NBA career.

"It's hard, it's difficult," Bosh said. "Everything you're going to do in the postseason is difficult. And you're going to be put in situations you don't want to be in and you're going to have to do things that you don't want to do. It's part of it, so you might as well get used to it, being miserable and really loving it."

Bosh is averaging just 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks on 41.1 percent shooting in the series. Bosh has a PER of 11.8 in the series.

Bosh has largely been playing on the perimeter during the series in order to bring his man away from the basket.

"I changed my game in Games 1 through 6 and it hasn't really worked," Bosh said. "I just need to do what I do and just let it all hang out." 

Via Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Roy Hibbert Fined $75K For Postgame Language

Roy Hibbert made a gay slur and used an expletive in response to a question regarding his candidacy as the Defensive Player of the Year.
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