San Antonio Spurs http://tpr.org en Spurs Lose NBA Finals, But Fan Faith Remains Strong http://tpr.org/post/spurs-lose-nba-finals-fan-faith-remains-strong <p>For the first time, the San Antonio Spurs left the NBA finals empty handed, as the&nbsp; Miami Heat claimed victory last night. But even though the Spurs lost, fans still gathered downtown post-game to show support for the team.</p><p>During the game, cheers echoed throughout downtown. But the as the final seconds of game seven ticked away, hope gave way to heartbreak as the Heat gained a slight advantage over the Spurs, clinching the title 95-88.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:05:10 +0000 Joey Palacios 13577 at http://tpr.org Spurs Lose NBA Finals, But Fan Faith Remains Strong Lebron James Leads Heat To Back-To-Back NBA Titles http://tpr.org/post/lebron-james-leads-heat-back-back-nba-titles Lebron James, who evokes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/20/193835625/lebron-james-up-up-and-away">strong feelings on either side of the emotional spectrum</a>, has led the Miami Heat to its second NBA title in a row.<p>After a heart-pounding, seven-game series that vacillated between teams, the Heat prevailed over the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 on Thursday. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:41:00 +0000 editor 13546 at http://tpr.org Lebron James Leads Heat To Back-To-Back NBA Titles Statistically Speaking, the Spurs Are Superior, Says Researcher http://tpr.org/post/statistically-speaking-spurs-are-superior-says-researcher <p></p><p>The heat is on in San Antonio, but fans hope the Spurs can be on the Heat in Miami for Game 7 of the NBA Finals.</p><p>Statistically speaking, the Spurs are a superior team, according to Analytic Focus researcher <a href="http://www.analyticfocus.com/experts/gianfranco-semino" target="_blank">Gianfranco Semino</a>, who says the Spurs as a whole have better numbers than the Heat, and the percentages go up when you take out the big three players on each team, including Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili of the Spurs, and LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of the Heat.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:07:45 +0000 Ryan Loyd 13514 at http://tpr.org Statistically Speaking, the Spurs Are Superior, Says Researcher Heat, Spurs Headed To Game 7 After Stunning Game 6 http://tpr.org/post/heat-spurs-headed-game-7-after-stunning-game-6 We'll let LeBron James do the talking. <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=400467338">He said about the sixth game of the NBA finals</a> between the Heat and Spurs:<p><blockquote><p>"It's by far the best game I've ever been a part of."<p></blockquote><p>And it certainly was a stunner: The Heat's Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with just 5.2 seconds on the clock to tie the game, denying the Spurs their fifth NBA title. The game went into overtime and remained airtight, but eventually the Heat prevailed 103 to 100.<p>ESPN has highlights:<p>Game 7 is in Miami and starts at 9 p.m. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:12:00 +0000 editor 13412 at http://tpr.org Heat, Spurs Headed To Game 7 After Stunning Game 6 NBA Finals Counterfeiting And Clever Merchandising In San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/nba-finals-counterfeiting-and-clever-merchandising-san-antonio <p>As the NBA Finals shift to Miami for game 6 and possibly game 7, the extended series means that money generated by the games will continue to boost the league, broadcast carriers and the host cities.</p><p>Based on numbers from the last two NBA Finals in host cities Dallas, Oklahoma City and Miami, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce estimated an economic impact of about $4 million per game.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:05:25 +0000 Chris Eudaily 13310 at http://tpr.org NBA Finals Counterfeiting And Clever Merchandising In San Antonio Ginobili Awakens, Leads Spurs To Game 5 Win http://tpr.org/post/ginobli-awakens-leads-spurs-game-5-win With a 114-104 victory against the Miami Heat last night in San Antonio, the Spurs are just one win away from their fifth NBA title.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Manu Ginobili's NBA Finals slump is over and at the best possible time for his team. The Spurs' All-Star shooting guard scored a season-high 24 points and had 10 assists to help lead San Antonio to the brink of another championship.<p>"Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich decided to start the struggling Ginobili, who normally comes off the bench. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:15:00 +0000 editor 13288 at http://tpr.org Ginobili Awakens, Leads Spurs To Game 5 Win Ignoring Racist Tweets, 11-Year-Old Nails National Anthem ... Again http://tpr.org/post/ignoring-racist-tweets-11-year-old-nails-national-anthem-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2c4YXGNjx8</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:17:00 +0000 editor 13154 at http://tpr.org Ignoring Racist Tweets, 11-Year-Old Nails National Anthem ... Again With Game 4 Win, Heat Even Championship Series Against Spurs http://tpr.org/post/game-4-win-heat-even-championship-series-against-spurs With a 109-93 win, the Miami Heat evened their championship series against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.<p><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/14/3450499/miami-heat-evens-series-with-spurs.html#storylink=cpy">As <em>The Miami Herald</em> put it</a>, the game served as a dazzling display for Miami's Big Three:<p><blockquote><p>"Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James combined to score 85 points on Thursday in the Heat's 109-93 victory against the Spurs at San Antonio's AT&T Center to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:47:00 +0000 editor 13150 at http://tpr.org With Game 4 Win, Heat Even Championship Series Against Spurs In Videos: A Year Of San Antonio Vs. Charles Barkley http://tpr.org/post/videos-year-san-antonio-vs-charles-barkley <p>What would an Spurs playoff series be without former NBA star Charles Barkley, San Antonio's nemesis?</p><p>Barkley, who also happens to love Manu Ginóbili, the entire Spurs franchise and Mayor Julián Castro, is back as part of the NBA TV coverage team and he hasn't changed his tune, nor has he come up with any new jokes about San Antonio women.</p><p>Last year during the Western Conference Final against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Barkley and Castro traded (friendly) blows on air with the mayor inviting him for a sightseeing trip:</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:57:55 +0000 Chris Eudaily 13088 at http://tpr.org In Videos: A Year Of San Antonio Vs. Charles Barkley Spurs Stars Dedicate New Learning Center At Wheatley Middle School http://tpr.org/post/spurs-stars-dedicate-new-learning-center-wheatley-middle-school <p></p><p>The Spurs are holding a one-game advantage in their showdown with the Miami Heat for the NBA Finals, and despite the pressure, the team took time Wednesday to dedicate a new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.</p><p>NBA Commissioner David Stern said this is the 811th NBA live, learn and play center of its kind. Teams who make the finals are given an NBA grant to give back to their communities.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:30:27 +0000 Ryan Loyd 13089 at http://tpr.org Spurs Stars Dedicate New Learning Center At Wheatley Middle School