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These little Triqui kids all play like Manu Ginobili.
Here come the barefoot kids.
Heat average 7.5 offensive rebounds, dead last in the NBA. Have seven at half already.
So far, Spurs on pace for another huge assist night. 17 of them on 22 field goals after two quarters.
Spurs lead 62-51 at half, after Diaw swishes trey with 1.8 to go.
The Land Walrus with 11. LeBron James with 11. Big win for the Spurs there. So far...
As far as the first half goes, pretty big answer there for Diaw. Heat's 5-point possession have briefly cut deficit to eight.
Not a good spot for a clear-path foul, even though it seemed totally accidental on Diaw's part.
I disagree, Guy Sitting Behind Me, that Parker is the MVP. But he's playing really well tonight (14 points, 3 assists).
Seems like LBJ used up much of his awesome against Charlotte. 0 for 6 on jumpers so far.
Ah ... reason that wasn't a clear path foul was it occurred below the tip of the circle. Learn something new everyday.
Clearly a clear path foul. Crew will look at it.
That was one of those fouls they don't call if the shot goes down.
I'm not saying that call was late, but its boyfriend is now cpnsidering a lawsuit against the Trojan company.
Duncan with the beautiful up/under for the dunk, on pace for a double-double at 10/5.
Just a head's up, but Mama Twerk is in the house. Consider yourself warned if this thing gets out of hand.
Heat hanging in there. Down 12, and also there are still 30+ minutes left.
Almost 18 minutes in, Spurs still shooting 73 percent.
If you like ball movement Spurs-Heat is your game; Both teams moving it like it's radioactive
Danny Green's got 3 blocks. He's 1 for 5, but he's got 3 blocks.
DJ Quake needs this game to hurry along. He's got a bar mitzvah to work at 9.
*threw him that pass, from a couple tweets ago.
CoJo, Patty, Belinelli, with Danny Green at the 4. Sure.
Splitter wasn't even open when Manu through him that pass on the pick and roll. Had to look him open, like a quarterback.
BREAKING: Tiago Splitter dunked against the Heat. Granted, James was not on the court. But still...
First quarter shooting split for Spurs: 78.9/50/100, with two turnovers.
Splitter's defensive presence was evident on that last drive by LeBron: Goes straight up, no contact, off side of backboard.
Spurs shooting 78.9%. Heat shooting 37.5%.
Spurs score 13 in the first quarter against Cleveland. They score 37 in the first quarter against Miami. Go figure.
Spurs have scored 37, 35, 37 and 37 over the last four quarters. Lead Miami 37-22 after one.
When Tony Parker plays like the best player on the floor, the Spurs can beat anyone in the league.
Won't see that very often. LeBron James, 80 percent finisher at the rim, muffs alley oop, then blows revers layup.
Spurs up 28-16. And Team MVP Patty Mills has yet to see action.
Parker getting to the rim at will. That's 10 points in less than nine minutes.
Do I have to be the guy who points out Spurs are having a hard time getting defensive rebounds with Duncan ON the floor?
Leonard picks up foul No. 2. About time to Enter the Walrus.
Tony Parker, laughing with press row at that timeout: "My chest is burning. Third game back."
So far, Game 1 Tony Parker. Which is very, very good for the Spurs.
Parker already with 6 pts, 3 assists. Coming off "very, very average" performance against Cleveland, per Pop.
Dwayne Wade hobbling a bit after Green blocked him. Rubbing his right knee.
Great start so far for the Spurs. 71 percent shooting, 14 points in seven possessions.
If it weren't for Chris Bosh ... Los Heat would be el scoreless.
We're having historically poor connection issues at the AT&T, which is saying something.
Game, blouses. One way or another.
Miami: Chalmers, Wade, Battier, Some Guy Named LeBaron or Something, Bosh. Spurs: Parker, Green, Kawhi, Duncan, Diaw.
National anthem via mariachi. Awesome.
Jeff Ayres sprained his finger in a 3-on-3 workout yesterday. That's how come he's out tonight.
Just saw a couple with matching Baynes 16 jerseys. As you'd expect, they're both, uh, pretty beefy.
Spurs v Heat 8pm eastern...TNT tune in
Speaking of Kawhi, Lebron's assessment: "I think he's a very, very good young talent. He's playing some good ball. Very long, very active."
Two years covering NBA full-time, Chris Bosh is the first player I've seen actually studying pregame video that's playing.
Legendary NBA encounter. One of the Ginobili twins, a toy dinosaur in each hand, tromps past the one and only Craig Sager.
Obviously, Diaw is a better option against smaller-ball Heat than is Splitter.
"...you can see how grateful they are, how much fun they're having travelling. It's just been a lot of fun for everybody."
Boris Diaw will start in place of Splitter tonight. "We're going to trick 'em," says eye-rolling Pop . "They'll never know what hit em."
Pop on Triqui Indian kids here from Mexico: "They're really excited. They have great senses of humor. Since we've had them in town..."
Diaw will start for Splitter. "We're tricking the hell out of them" says Popovich.
Allen working on the exact same shot he hit to tie Game 6. Hustling to the corner and popping. Still working on that muscle memory.
Wonder how many 3s Ray Allen has taken in his life. Has to be in the millions.
Spo on Spurs success despite injuries: You wouldn't expect anything less. It's the teams that don't make excuses (that handle it).
Bedford and Rumph said Texas will spend half of spring in a 4-man front and half in a 3-man, then decide which is a better fit.
Rumph says there are two kinds of players: CEPs and PSPs. "Contract-extension players and pink-slip players," he explained.
Texas DL coach Chris Rumph on his new star tackle: "Malcom Brown? That's my paycheck. Hopefully, that's my raise, too."
Jeff Ayres out tonight for Spurs-Heat. That's so Pop.
Spoelstra said for about three weeks after Finals, he'd wake up thinking the Heat loss. It was that close.
Jeff Ayres out tonight, per Spurs
Spo on Duncan: He's kicking the crap out of Father Time. His game is timeless.
Shane Battier expects Spurs fans to welcome Ray Allen "like only the good fans of San Antonio can."
Spo calls Duncan "timeless." "His biggest opponent is Father Time, and he's been knocking the crap out of him."
Great pic from the Spurs scrimmage in Mexico with the 'Triquis' http://t.co/374LS7hJ1l
Another incredible act of generosity from Popovich. Some of the stories I've heard - paying off houses, huge donations, etc. - are amazing.
Spurs-Heat might be pretty cool too. http://t.co/U6iyV3ITjq
Spurs hosting All-Star youth team from Oaxaca, Mexico at shoot around; kids play barefoot and on court now
Pop apparently flew in the shoeless youth team from Mexico. Will play at halftime tonight.