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SAN ANTONIO — In as dominant as an NBA Finals performance as you will ever see, the San Antonio Spurs catapulted their legacy up with the all-time great franchises of an era — five titles over 15 years, an unparalleled length of greatness in the modern era.

After the game the Spurs players didn’t talk much about that.

What they talked about openly was how this was cathartic. How they needed this win to remove the sting of scars from the last three years and everything that was said about them.

There was 2011 when the Spurs were the No. 1 seed muscled out of the playoffs by the Grizzlies in the first round. Clearly these Spurs were too old.

There was 2012 and games 3-6 of the Western Conference Finals when the Thunder swept them out of the playoffs, when it looked like the younger generation had passed the…

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With Sunday night’s win that is four titles for the trio of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. (Duncan has a fifth in 1999 with David Robinson before the other two arrived.)

It has been seven years between title, the fact they won this year speaks to not only their longevity but also how they all adjusted and grew their games to fit a new system, and to their mental fortitude bouncing back after a tough loss last season.

They earned this, and they savored it.

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SAN ANTONIO — Rashard Lewis has been on the big stage before — he dropped 34 points (plus had 11 rebounds and 7 assists) in the NBA Finals as a member of the Orlando Magic.

But that was five years ago. That was a very different Rashard Lewis. The Rashard Lewis of 2014 could barely get off the Heat bench much of the season. He looked to be one of those Heat veteran gambles that didn’t pay off. He didn’t figure in the Heat’s playoff plans…

Until Erik Spoelstra started him at the four to space out the Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. And it worked.

And it has continued to work in the Finals against the Spurs.

Lewis had 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, he was 3-of-7 from three in the Heat’s Game 2 win. Nobody saw this coming, but Lewis has taken over the…

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Game one of the NBA finals was last night and the Spurs won. Three things really stood out to me. Tim Duncan can still dominant this series. LeBron cramped up and had to come out, i think that has to hurt the jordan comparison. Lastly Danny Green could shoot the Spurs to a win in this series. Last night he might have but it was not really necessary with LeBron off the court.
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The NBA finals are scheduled to take place on Thursday in San Antonio. The Spurs got the rematch with the Heat that they wanted. Ever since game six of the 2013 NBA finals the spurs wanted a second chance at the Heat. The Spurs lost game six and game seven and the championship. The championship trophy was being brought to the court as time was running out, but then the Miami Heat made a furious comeback and won game 6 and then the series. The Spurs feel like they beat themselves. This years series seems to be the same but it really is not. Everyone is a year older. That has to favor the young guns like Leonard, Green, Chalmers, Cole, and Splitter. As the older players are looking to win one more ring the younger players are still on there incline and have improved since last year. Who do you think will win this years finals. The Spurs or the Heat? Please your thoughts in the comments.

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John Barr is a reporter for ESPN and formerly of Fox 45.

John joined Ed and Steve to talk about the Donald Sterling saga which continues and seems to never go away.

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John talked about other cases involving Donald and Shelly Sterling and getting depositions about Sterling making racist comments and sexually harassment. There were also many documents from the case where Donald tried to kept races out of his housing developments. John mentioned that the point of all this was that the NBA could have looked into all these situations and tried to get Sterling out and why did they not act sooner.

John also talked about the many lies that Donald Sterling has been caught up in such as saying he paid for sex and enjoyed it then completely denied it…

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