|Heat hold off Spurs to claim second straight championship||06.20.13 at 11:52 pm ET|
After trailing for much of the third quarter, the Heat got a buzzer-beating 28-footer from Mario Chalmers as time expired at the end of the period to claim a 72-71 lead that they never relinquished, finally pulling away from the Spurs late to claim a 95-88 victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. With the victory, the Heat claimed their second straight title.
While Chalmers hit the game-changing shot at the end of the third, it was LeBron James who again dominated. In 45 minutes, he poured in 36 points while shooting 12-of-23 from the floor, making all eight of his free throws, pulling in a dozen rebounds and recording four assists. Dwyane Wade contributed 23 points and 10 boards, while Shane Battier added 18 points on 6-of-8 from behind the arc.
In defeat, Spurs forward Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points, but he missed an opportunity to tie the game in the final minute, missing a layup and a tip-in attempt with San Antonio trailing, 90-88. A James jumper allowed the Heat to claim a two-bucket lead, and the Spurs never again threatened.
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|Stern: No deal can be made involving coaches contracts||06.20.13 at 3:48 pm ET|
The Celtics and Clippers were informed “days ago” that a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett going to Los Angeles is not permitted under league trade rules, even if the deals were separated into two different transactions, a league source told CBSSports.com on Thursday.
Speaking on ESPN Radio in New York, commissioner David Stern said, “The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts.”
Stern added that there is no separating the two deals at this point because everyone is aware that the two deals would be part of the same negotiation.
“If you think those, at this point, having been all over the media for the last week, are separate transactions, I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” Stern said.
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|Reports: NBA questioning Celtics-Clippers trade||06.20.13 at 1:42 pm ET|
The NBA is questioning the connection between the Celtics trading Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan and then relinquishing the rights to Doc Rivers in exchange for two first-round picks from the Clippers, as first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein. The league’s guidelines state player deals cannot be contingent upon coaching contracts.
Meanwhile, the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy contradicted two previous reports, claiming a) Celtics president Danny Ainge reached out to Los Angeles after Tuesday’s stalled talks, and b) the Clippers did not present owner Donald Sterling with a package that would have sent Jordan and two No. 1 picks to Boston for Garnett and Rivers.
|DeAndre Jordan: ‘I’d be happy’ to play for Celtics||06.20.13 at 1:02 pm ET|
As trade rumors continue to fly, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is trying to block out the noise, but the 24-year-old admitted on Yahoo! Sports Radio he’d be “happy” to stay in Los Angeles or join the Celtics.
“If I was younger, I probably would have handled it a little differently, but with me just finishing my fifth year I know that it is a business, teams want to win and they’re only looking out for their best interest,” said Jordan, who averaged 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season. “I’ve been with the Clippers my whole career. All I know is Los Angeles and the Clippers organization, but if I was to go somewhere else, if it did happen, I’d still be playing basketball — the sport that I love — so I’d be happy and just try to make the best of the opportunity.”
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted that the deal Clippers management took to owner Donald Sterling for approval — trading Jordan to the Celtics for Kevin Garnett and acquiring the rights to hire Doc Rivers in exchange for two first-round draft picks — is hitting yet another snag due to the legality of linking the two transactions under the NBA’s guidelines. The two sides have reportedly already begun discussing additional scenarios.
“You hear stuff from your friends, media, things like that, so I just try not to listen to it,” added Jordan. “I don’t really watch it or read into it at all. I’m really just focused on getting better this summer and just preparing for next season.
“I’m just really in the gym working out with a couple of my teammates and some other guys, just trying to get better and stay focused. I’ve got a couple things this summer that I’m focused on, and I’m just trying to get better and come out and have a better season than we did this year.”
|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Duke C Mason Plumlee||06.20.13 at 11:29 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Height: 7 feet
Weight: 235 pounds
Achievements: Consensus All-America second team (2013), All-ACC first team (2013), Pete Newell Big Man Award (2013)
Key 2012-13 stats: 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 blocks
What he brings: Plumlee does not project as an NBA star, but he has the size and defensive skill to make an impact off the bench. He is among the best defensive rebounders in the draft, as he averaged 7.2 defensive rebounds per game last season. While he has the size and leaping ability to be strong on the defensive glass, he has to improve his lateral quickness to be a strong defender at the NBA level.
Offensively, his points per game increased every year he was at Duke, going from 10.4 points per 40 minutes his freshman year to 19.7 points per 40 minutes his senior year. He uses his ability to get up and down the court without the ball to be effective offensively, while his post game consists of mainly hook shots.
Notes: He is the brother of Miles Plumlee, who was drafted with the 26th overall pick last year by the Pacers. His younger brother, Marshall Plumlee, is entering his sophomore season at Duke in the fall. … Plumlee was an Academic All-American as a junior and senior.
Video: Here is a highlight mix of Plumlee’s senior season.
|Adrian Wojnarowski on D&C: Chris Paul pushing Clippers to finish deal with Celtics||06.20.13 at 9:32 am ET|
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to give an update on the ongoing trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan and one or two first-round picks.
While the deal appeared to be dead Tuesday, the Clippers started trade discussions again Wednesday at the urging of pending free agent Chris Paul, according to Wojnarowski.
“Yesterday, Chris Paul — really over the last 36 hours or so, Chris Paul really started to pressure the Clippers to get this deal done,” Wojnarowski said. “If they wanted to keep him in L.A. and to keep him off the free agent market July 1, that they had to get this deal done and to throw that extra draft pick that Danny Ainge has wanted, get this done and all but certainly lock him down to stay with the Clippers. That is what started to happen. The Clippers called the Celtics back yesterday afternoon, reported at Yahoo!, and started a dialogue again.
“Late last night after Brian Shaw interviewed with [Clippers owner] Donald Sterling in L.A., the Clippers management met with Sterling. I don’t know if they are going to talk more this morning, but they met with Sterling last night really to give him their recommendation that, ‘Hey, we need to do this. Let’s give them the pick. Let’s make these incredible financial commitments and get this deal done.’ I think there is a very good chance that Doc and Kevin Garnett go to the Clippers for Jordan and the two picks as early as today.”
Wojnarowski said the deal makes perfect sense for Garnett, who has a chance to compete for a championship with the Clippers and does not have to play 37 minutes per night. However, he also said trading Garnett and his no-trade clause to the Clippers makes sense for the Celtics, who can use Jordan and the two first-round picks to help rebuild.
“For the Celtics, I really think this is a win-win,” Wojnarowski said. “They wanted Doc to be their coach. They weren’t trying to run him out. But when he expressed his desire to do this, to get two first-round picks out of this, to get a young player, DeAndre Jordan, who they like but they don’t love him — I think everyone in the league feels his contract, he is overpriced. But I know DeAndre is excited about coming to Boston. He feels like maybe it has run its course with him and the Clippers. Maybe he will develop better in Boston. This is a situation where Boston is ready to do this, too. They are not sending Doc away angrily.”
Without Garnett in Boston, Paul Pierce would be the last remaining member of the Big Three that won the 2008 NBA championship together on the Celtics. However, Wojnarowski said there is a good chance that Pierce ends up in a Clippers uniform by the end of the summer as well.
“The Clippers would be one of the teams after [Pierce],” Wojnarowski said. “For Pierce, if he does become a free agent — there were a lot of questions around the league — if Boston does waive him, remember, somebody can claim him on waivers, pick up his deal when they buy him out and pay him the full freight. So that is possible. Boston could still trade Pierce and get something back for him. The Clippers don’t have just a clear path to getting Pierce if he becomes free, but certainly there is an opportunity there. You know for Paul it makes all the sense in the world. Home in L.A., back with KG and Doc, a chance to win with the Clippers. It makes all the sense if he does get free to end up with the Clippers as part of the crew.”
|Report: Celtics, Clippers resume trade talks again||06.19.13 at 6:16 pm ET|
As first suggested by SportsCity.com’s Mark Heisler on Wednesday morning, the Celtics and Clippers hoped to resume discussion about a potential deal for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers prior to the NBA draft on June 27.
As it turns out, the Clips reached out to the C’s on Thursday afternoon in order to reopen their dialogue about a package that would send DeAndre Jordan to Boston, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Clippers reached out to the Celtics this afternoon to resume dialogue on a possible deal, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2013
According to various reports, most notably from Wojnarowski, discussion heated up this weekend but eventually fizzled out on Tuesday after disagreements over the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe, the contracts of Jason Terry and/or Courtney Lee, or a second No. 1 pick in a package that already included Jordan and one first-round pick.
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