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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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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.

Former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling finally caved and decided to sell the team. I am sure the Clipper’s coach Doc Rivers was relieved as well as all the black players on the team, being that they do not have to work for a racist owner. (That they know of.)   Sterling reportedly sold the team for $2 billion dollars! The new owner of the team is former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer outbid former NBA player Grant Hill who offered $1 billion for the team. He can now sit on his racist ass and not have to worry about feeding or giving homes to black men.

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SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Manu Ginobili scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 117-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each had 14 points, Boris Diaw added 13 and Tony Parker scored 12 for the Spurs, who are a win away from returning to the NBA Finals after losing in seven games to Miami last year.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but Russell Westbrook had only 21 points and seven assists after finishing with 40 points and 10 assists in Game 4.

Game 6 is Saturday in Oklahoma City.

The Jekyll and Hyde series continued between the past two Western Conference champions, as the road team has been thumped in every game of the best-of-seven series.

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Game Five 

Game Five of the eastern conference finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers was last night. It was a very close game due to poor free throw shooting for the Indiana Pacers. The Miami Heat’s problem is they could not keep there best player on the court because he was in foul trouble. LeBron picked up his fifth personal foul in the third quarter and had to go to the bench until the fourth quarter. If LeBron had played more would it have changed the result? If the Pacers had lost this game they would have been eliminated from the playoffs and it would have been due to poor free throw shooting. The Pacers face game 6 on the road in Miami.

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Game 6 is on Friday night. Please comment your predictions.

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