Tue June 11, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Basketball: The 'Ultimate Contradiction'

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:53 am

In basketball, as in life, we may dutifully celebrate the aggregate, but we'™re always spellbound by the exceptional.

Basketball offers its fans the ultimate contradiction. On the one hand, it's the sport that most depends on its stars. On the other, it's the most intimate — even organic — of all the team games, with its players more fundamentally involved with one another. Both of these opposing realities are rooted in the same base.

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Mon June 10, 2013
The Two-Way

After Igniting In 2nd Half, Heat Easily Beat Spurs In Game 2

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 6:56 am

Oh no you don't: The Miami Heat's LeBron James (right) rejects a slam dunk attempt by the San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter during Sunday night's game in Miami.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman reports on Game 2 of the NBA finals

With three minutes left in the third quarter Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs were ahead of the Miami Heat by a point.

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Sun June 9, 2013

In First Game Of NBA Finals, The Heat Goes Cold

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 10:58 am



Time now for sports.


MARTIN: Every once in a while, the intrepid Mike Pesca has to take one for the team, go out in the field for a tough assignment. You know, watch some basketball, work on his tan. He is in Miami covering the NBA finals.

Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: I don't work on the tan. It just comes to me.


MARTIN: You know, it's no work. It's just easy.

PESCA: It's just the sun remembers my Mediterranean the roots and, bam, I'm dark.

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Sat June 8, 2013

Week In Sports: Spurs Take First Game Of NBA Finals

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 3:39 am



Now strike up the band. Time for sports.


SIMON: From the red clay courts of Roland Garros to the hardwood courts of Miami and San Antonio. They're playing for championships this weekend. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us. Morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: How are you, Scott?

SIMON: I'm just fine thank you. And let's begin with tennis and Les French Open. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are playing at the very moment, as we're speaking, at the women's singles finals.

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Fri June 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Spurs Beat The Heat In Game 1 Of NBA Finals

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 6:38 am

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Thursday night's first game of the NBA finals in Miami. The Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 92-88.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

So much for a Heat sweep:

"Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs withstood LeBron James' triple-double to beat the Miami Heat 92-88 on Thursday night in a thrilling Game 1 of the NBA finals." (The Associated Press)

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