NBA TV’s NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball Presented by Jeep to Go Behind-the-Scenes with USA Basketball Men’s National Team

NBA-TV-LogoNetwork to Cover USA Basketball Training Camp Live from Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 29

NBA TV to Present USA Basketball vs. Dominican Republic, Presented by Nike, on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. ET

NBA TV will air NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball Presented by Jeep – a live behind-the-scenes look at a USA Basketball Men’s National Team’s practice – on Tuesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. ET from Las Vegas. Matt Winer will host the two-and-a-half hour special with NBA TV analysts and former Team USA members Grant Hill and Steve Smith, along with reporter Jared Greenberg. The show will feature mic’d up players and coaches, as well as exclusive interviews with players, coaches, including Mike Krzyzewski,and executives. Players scheduled to take part include NBA stars Kevin Durant, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose.

Additionally, the network will exclusively air the USA Basketball vs. Dominican Republic game, presented by Nike, on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Marv Albert will call the game with Hill and Smith as analysts and Winer as sideline reporter.

The 2014 Men’s National Team will assemble in Las Vegas on July 27 for training camp in advance of the FIBA World Cup, which runs Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.

 

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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NBA Digital to Present All 92 Games from Orlando Pro Summer League & Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 Across NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile

NBA-TV-LogoNBA Digital to Present All 92 Games from Orlando Pro Summer League & Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 Across NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile

Top NBA Draft Picks Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum & More

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Rick Fox After Dark to Debut from Las Vegas July 19-21;

NBA TV’s The Starters Also On-Site

 

NBA Digital will give fans the first opportunity to see many of the league’s top rookies in action through its comprehensive coverage of 2014 Summer Leagues when it presents all 92 games across NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile.  Game coverage will include 25 Orlando Pro Summer League games (July 5-11), held at the Magic’s practice facility at Amway Center, and 67 Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 game telecasts from Las Vegas, held at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion from July 11-21.  NBA TV will televise more than 60 Summer League games live from the respective game sites (full game schedule attached).

All 92 NBA Summer League games will also be available via the NBA Summer League Livesubscription package on NBA.com and NBA Mobile beginning Saturday, July 5. Coverage from Orlando will tip off July 5 with five games including the Miami Heat and rookie Shabazz Napier facing the Boston Celtics and recently drafted Marcus Smart at 11 a.m. ET.  Additional highlights from Las Vegas include the Cleveland Cavaliers meeting the Milwaukee Bucks, with respective top picks Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker in last week’s 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, on Friday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET.

Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 – with uncompromised access to NBA players, rookies, free agents, coaches, general managers, scouts and other front office personnel – will culminate with the Semifinals from Las Vegas on Sunday, July 20, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the Final held Monday, July 21, at 9 p.m.

NBA TV’s deep roster of commentators will be on location at both sites to track all of the NBA Summer League action.  Matt Winer, Rick Kamla and Vince Cellini will handle play-by-play responsibilities in Orlando with analysts Isiah Thomas, Kendall Gill and Rick Mahorn.

Winer, Cellini and Kamla will be joined by fellow play-by-play voices Marv Albert, Joel MeyersSpero Dedes, Matt Devlin, and Chad Andrus in Las Vegas, with David Aldridge calling select games.  Aldridge will also provide analysis from Las Vegas, along with NBA TV’s Reggie Miller, Greg Anthony, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Dennis Scott, Rick Fox, Brent Barry, Derek Harper and Mateen Cleaves.  Reporters will include Aldridge, Fox, Scott, Jared Greenberg, Ric Bucher, Kristen Ledlow, Allie LaForce, Lesley McCaslin and Kevin Ray.  Additionally, the NBA.com Hang Time podcast trio of Sekou Smith, Fox and Lang Whitaker will call select Samsung Summer League 2014 games from Las Vegas.

NBA TV’s signature NBA GameTimestudio show – hosted by a rotation of the network’s commentators with special in-studio guests – will offer live nightly highlights, news and information following Summer League games (July 5-11, generally at 9 p.m.) from Turner Studios in Atlanta.  The Starters, NBA TV’s collective of fan-focused voices with co-hosts J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas and contributors Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis, will conclude each night’s Samsung Summer League 2014 action on-site from Las Vegas, July 11-21.

Additionally, NBA TV will televise Rick Fox After Dark on Saturday, July 19, through Monday, July 21.  The late night show will air each night following The Starters with episodes featuring interviews with NBA personalities and celebrity guests, along with behind the scenes Summer League content.

NBA.com, NBA Mobile and social media highlights will include:

NBA.com

  • Playermetrics 360-Degree Camera – an interactive online feature allowing fans to access a 360-degree view of select NBA rookies while also reviewing key information on each recent draft pick and an opportunity to compare them to current NBA players.
  • Social Spotlightthe latest tweets, photos and other social engagement by players and teams surrounding all the Summer League action.
  • Summer League Hub – daily updates, game trackers, video recaps, schedules, stats, bracket pages, NBA style content and Rookie Ladder, a moving scale that analyzes the progression of a player during their first NBA season, will be available through the Summer League hub (nba.com/summerleague).

NBA Mobile

  • NBA Summer League App – a free app featuring live scoring, video highlights, recaps and game alerts. The app will also include a premium option allowing fans to directly access NBA Summer League Live.
  • NBA Game Time – the league’s signature mobile app providing live scoring, live video, player profiles, game alerts and more.

Social Media

  • Seat 140 – debuting at Summer League last year, Seat 140 will return with guests live tweeting during game action from Las Vegas.  The tweets will be aggregated on NBA.com and also integrated into NBA TV live game telecasts.
  • All-Access – behind-the-scenes content surrounding the live game action and studio shows including quotes, pictures and interviews with commentators and other on-site guests.
  • Social Scouting – a collection of fan reaction to the performances of rookies and Summer League standouts.
  • Summer League Rewind – a look back at the 10-year anniversary of Summer League with throwback images, storylines, stats and more.

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NBA Digital to Offer Comprehensive Coverage of NBA Draft 2014 Presented By State Farm

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV’s Coverage of the Draft to Feature NBA TV Draft HQ, NBA Rooks, NBA TV Mock Draft, NBA Draft Preview and Special Episodes of The Starters

NBA Digital will provide extensive multi-screen coverage of NBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farmincluding original programming on NBA TV and in-depth content across NBA.com and NBA Mobile platforms. NBA TV’s comprehensive coverage of the NBA Draft will feature expert analysis, behind-the-scenes access and in-depth previews of the top prospects and storylines surrounding the Draft. NBA Draft week programming tips off with NBA TV Draft HQ on Monday, June 23, at 9 p.m. ET, and leads up to the first pick on Thursday evening with a special episode of The Starters, at 5 p.m., followed by the 2014 NBA Draft Preview at 5:30 p.m.  Additionally, NBA.com and NBA Mobile will continue to be the destination for fans seeking the latest draft news, player analysis and social conversation.

NBA TV’s original programming will include:

  • NBA TV Draft HQ on Monday, June 23, at 9 p.m. ET, with host Vince Cellini, Stu Jackson, Mike Fratello and Ronny Thompson, offering an insider’s look at the draft process from the perspectives of a former general manager, coach and scout.
  • NBA Rooks: Great Expectations on Tuesday, June 25, at 10 p.m., taking an all-access look at some of the draft’s top prospects including Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart and Shabazz Napier.
  • NBA TV Mock Draft 2014, on Wednesday, June 25, at 9 p.m., the network’s preview special airing the night before the 2014 NBA Draft. Vince Cellini will host the show with Greg Anthony, Jackson and Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, along with David Aldridge.  The show will feature a simulated first round complete with analysis of each draft pick.
  • The Starters, on Thursday, June 26, at 5 p.m. featuring NBA Digital’s fan-focused voices with co-hosts J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, along with Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis. The Starters will also review the Draft on Friday, June 27, at 6 p.m.
  • 2014 NBA Draft Preview on Thursday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m. with host Matt Winer along with Anthony, Jackson, Steve Smith and Thompson III.
  • 2014 NBA Draft Review at midnight with all the latest news and insights. NBA TV reporter Jared Greenberg will be on-site with interviews from the draft’s top players in New York City.
  • Eastern and Western NBA Draft Review on Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m. (Eastern Conference) and 8 p.m. (Western Conference) with hosts Cellini and Winer working alongside Aldridge and Anthony to analyze the draft selections for every team.

NBA.com and NBA Mobile will feature the NBA Draft Hub leading up to June 26, providing fans a full section dedicated to NBA Draft news and content, while the league’s signature app, NBA Game Time will feature comprehensive coverage of the Draft:

  • NBA Game Time, NBA Digital’s mobile app available on iOS and Android, will deliver the latest news leading up to and throughout the NBA Draft, with video, interviews, analysis and more.
  • Prospect Profiles, an in-depth look at the top players featuring video of the prospects analyzing their own game and traits.
  • Playermetrics 360-Degree Camera, a custom interactive feature, allowing fans to use a 360-degree camera to review key information on each prospect such as height, wingspan and reach.  Fans will also be able to compare those criteria to other recent draft picks. Fans will also be able to access Playermetrics via NBA Mobile.
  • Behind-the-scenes live videostream of players on the way to the Barclays Center on Draft night.
  • Draftee interviews at Barclays Center with Greenberg, and live news conferences with the top Draft picks; also live videostream from Media Day on Wednesday, June, 25.
  • Social Spotlightwill continuously keep fans up to speed on the latest tweets, photos and other social engagement by draftees, teams and the conversations surrounding the NBA Draft.
  • Draft Hub, with new features, including a new Draft order module and a new Draft board page.
  • Draft Trackerwillreturn toprovide live pick-by-pick analysis throughout the Draft.

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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Notes from NBA TV’s Coverage of The Finals Game 5 – Sunday, June 15, 2014

NBA-TV-LogoThe San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 104-87 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the franchise’s fifth championship. 

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NBA Live at the Finals Pregame

Matt Winer, Rick Fox, Grant Hill and Chris Webber

Hill on the San Antonio Spurs: “The ball finds energy. You see that in how they play on both ends of the court. It has been fun to watch. San Antonio fans have to be pleased about how they are playing.”

Hill on the Heat changing their approach for Game 5: “You can do the lineup change but it really has to be the mentality. They have certainly come out lackadaisical; looks like they don’t have a lot of energy out there on the court. Four straight Finals appearances has got to be difficult. San Antonio went through a tough road to get through the Western Conference Finals. They look fresh, they don’t look tired or fatigued at all. Miami, mentally, has to manufacture energy somehow, some way to come out here and deal with these Spurs.”

Webber on what drives San Antonio: “The motivation is here for San Antonio. The first day of training camp they watched the bad plays of their last loss. The story of perservance and sticking together is the one for San Antonio. It is harder to stick together two years with a loss than it is one.”

Fox on the Heat realizing who the better team is: “I think this is just the first game (out of the four) where this team realizes that San Antonio is the better team. It doesn’t mean that they can’t still be champions. When they got smacked around with the historical shooting percentage, I think they chalked that up to that was just one of those games. It wasn’t until Game 4 they realized ‘We are the underdog.’”

Webber on Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard: “When he is engaged, active and aggressively attacking the basket, not only is he a great scorer but he’s a pretty good passer that makes problems for the other team.”

Fox on Boris Diaw’s impact on the Spurs: “He has a willingness to create for his teammates. He is constantly a second or third point guard on that floor. He’s been a matchup nightmare. He’s a complete player and I love the versatility he’s giving the Spurs on both ends of the floor.”

Hill on Spurs guard Danny Green: “He really does fit into this system in San Antonio. They need him to score in the high teens for them to have a win…for a Carolina guy, he’s not that bad.”

Webber on Tim Duncan’s longevity: “I expect him to play one more year and then be done. I expect him to lead with dignity and keep playing until he can’t play anymore.  Just being on this team, whether they win or lose championships, it just seems as if this team is a joy to be around and that they play ball the right way. When you are in those type of situations, it’s not just winning that keeps you around it’s the relationships.”

Hill on the value of Tim Duncan’s role on the Spurs: “Kudos to him for accepting less of a role and letting his teammates flourish around him.”

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NBA Live at The Finals Postgame

Winer, Fox, Hill and Webber

NBA MVP Kawhi Leonard joins GameTime

Leonard on improvements to his game: “When I first came in the league, I had to change my jump shot. I had to bring the ball down and that is what I was focused on. Year after year, I had to get comfortable with the players on the team and they just started believing in me. It’s just been a progression for me. I just believed in the hard work that I put in.”

Leonard on the difference between last year and this year’s series: “Last year was very tough. Losing that Game 6, up five with 20 seconds left, we felt like we lost the momentum. And then Miami came out and beat us in Game 7. My focus this year was that I have to do whatever it takes to win so that we don’t have to go back to Miami.”

Leonard on the unity of the Spurs: “Coming into the Spurs I was very excited. They just took me in as a family. Tim [Duncan], Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginobili] and the rest of the guys believed in me. I took that to heart and started working hard. When I came in they were talking about championships and I was just a rookie so I had to step it up.”

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili joins GameTime

Ginobili on the growth of the Spurs: “We shifted the way we played in the last 10 years. When I got here it was every single possession in the post because that is what gave us the most. In the last two or three years it has been about ball movement and getting everyone involved. We had some pieces that made us shift.”

Spurs forward Tim Duncan joins GameTime

Duncan on his state of mind from last year’s Finals loss: “It was always in the back of my mind and the forefront of my mind when we played a game. You can’t address it until now. You had to get to the playoffs to start alleviating that. The focus the guys had from Game 1 to every series to playing through all of that…amazing team, amazing response, amazing to play with these guys.”

Duncan and his relationship with Coach Popovich: “He took last year’s loss harder than anyone else. He came back with a fire I hadn’t seen the entire time I’ve been with him. To come into another season and push us that hard just shows the passion and desire he had and it filtered down into all of us.”

Duncan on what this year’s championship means for him: “I appreciate this one more; it means more to me. The loss last year, coming to the end of my career…I appreciate it more for all those reasons.”

Tony Parker joins the GameTime crew

Parker on the team’s progression: “I think this is the best basketball – in the past five or six years – that we’ve been playing by far.”

Parker on playing a veteran role: “Timmy has been so unselfish since I’ve been here. He allowed me to grow up and become the player I became. He never took it for himself.  Coming into this

series, I felt like it was my turn to be unselfish and Kawhi benefited from all of that. It’s my job as a veteran to let Kawhi grow and he played a great series.”

Parker on the Spurs: “The way we lost last year was cruel. We were lucky enough to put ourselves in that position and win a championship this year and it shows the character of the team.”

Parker on teammate Boris Diaw: “He’s the ultimate team player. All he cares about is how the team is doing as well as passing and getting a better shot for someone else. I’m so happy that everyone can see that on the big stage and can see what he can do. We dreamed about the NBA when we were 12/13 years old and to win with him is unbelievable.”

Hill on the Spurs: “They are the standard in the NBA and what they have done in this series proves that. What impressed me the most about this series and their season was their formula. They obviously have their Big Three – which are out of their prime – but, collectively as a team, it is not one or two guys carrying the load. It really goes against what the formula has been for the NBA having one or two All-Stars carrying the load. Everyone had a big moment throughout this series. You have to compliment [Gregg] Popovich and [R.C] Buford for establishing that culture.”

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Notes from NBA TV’s Coverage of The Finals Game 3 – Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV will televise NBA GameTime on Thursday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET, prior to Game 4 between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, along with comprehensive Finals coverage including live post-game press conferences.

 

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NBA Live at the Finals Pregame

Matt Winer, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Steve Smith

Barkley on the role of Heat forward LeBron James: “To watch this guy play is an honor and a privilege. Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever, but in my 30 years in the NBA we have never had a superstar that has to be best scorer, assist guy, rebounder and has to guard the other team’s best player. LeBron James has to do it all for the Miami Heat.”

Smith on the versatility of LeBron James: “We know LeBron is very talented, but it’s amazing to me that he can be the best rebounder, the best point guard and best scorer in this series. The Spurs have to take something away. You have to get the ball out of his hands early and make someone else beat you. At the end of the game, you can’t let him run free. You have to make it uncomfortable for him.”

Barkley on the defense of Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard: “This guy guarded [2014 NBA MVP] Kevin Durant last week, then [Thunder point guard] Russell Westbrook and now he’s guarding the best player in the world. No matter how great of shape you’re in, at some point you only have so much gas in your tank. He slowed Durant down…you’re not going to stop him. Then after Russell Westbrook scored 40 points, they switched Leonard over to Westbrook. He’s a terrific player. Now to try and guard LeBron James, that’s a little too much to ask. LeBron’s confidence right now is at a whole other level.”

O’Neal on the Spurs struggles to win on the road: “The Spurs aren’t a good road team. They play excellent at home, but they let one slip away [in Game 2]. They are the type of team that has experience in bouncing back. They know how to focus, never panic and know what they need to do. They still believe they can win.”

Barkley on Spurs veteran Tim Duncan’s numbers in the second half of Game 1 and Game 2: “Age has something to do with that. He’s the greatest power forward ever, but everybody gets old and tired in this game. Now these games are going to come every other day. You have to wonder how he’s going to react.”

Smith on Spurs point guard Tony Parker: “Tony Parker has to play better. I know he has LeBron James on him, and he’s obviously a bigger guy, but the Spurs have got to pick up the pace and get the basketball to Parker quickly.”

O’Neal on Thunder veteran Derek Fisher being named the new head coach of the Knicks: “This is the new direction teams are going – we don’t care about experience, we want guys that are smart and young. Derek Fisher is a smart guy and a great player. Will that translate into being a great coach? We don’t know. Fisher won five rings with Phil Jackson and knows the triangle system. The next line of business is will Carmelo [Anthony] stay? If he’s not there, Fisher will not have a great first year.”

Barkley on the New York Knicks going forward: “If Carmelo Anthony does not stay, they have no chance of making the playoffs next year…with Carmelo, I’m not sure they can make the playoffs either. It’s an outside chance even with Carmelo. They are putting all of their eggs in three or four years down the line. I don’t believe this notion that people will want to come there just because they are the Knicks and Phil Jackson is there. I don’t believe that.”

 

NBA TV analyst Rick Fox joined the NBA GameTime crew

Fox on Knicks head coach Derek Fisher: “He is an experienced individual at winning championships, being consistently prepared as an individual and stepping in and supporting his teammates. That’s what the Knicks want to return to. They’d like to get going again and Phil is a nice foundation. You have to be confident that one of the best coaches in the game [Phil Jackson] would be able to find the right coach for himself and the Knicks.”

 

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NBA Live at the Finals Postgame

Winer, O’Neal, Barkley and Smith

Barkley on Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Danny Green: “I have to take my hat off to Leonard and Green. They were the keys to the game and were flat out amazing…that’s all you can say.”

Smith on Leonard’s quickness on the offensive end in Game 3: “I love that there was no offensive hesitation with Kawhi Leonard. He caught it and shot it. If he had a move, he took it to the bucket quickly.”

Barkley on the shooting prowess of the San Antonio Spurs: “I’ve never seen a team play that well in a half of basketball. To see it first hand was incredible…they were making everything — 41 points in a quarter is amazing.”

O’Neal on how he thinks Miami will respond in Game 4: “When Miami’s backs are against the wall, they always come out with a lot of energy. They don’t want to go down 3-1, so I expect LeBron, Dwyane Wade and others to have a big game. The series will be tied 2-2.”

Barkley on the resilience of the Spurs: “Every time you think it’s the end of the road, they keep coming back. Everybody thought if it was going to be a blowout today, it was going to be the Miami Heat blowing them out. For the Spurs to come out with their energy level, the game was never in doubt. You never thought the Spurs were going to lose this game. They are an amazing organization.”

 

Spurs power forward Boris Diaw joined the NBA GameTime crew

Diaw on whether it was a part of Spurs head coach Popovich’s plan for Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard to take the lead in Game 3: “The game plan was the same. We didn’t change anything. We just wanted to play Spurs basketball. Popovich just said some players have to play better. He did tell Kawhi that when he is aggressive we are a better team.”

Diaw on the shooting strategy of the Spurs: “Some guys in our team get green lights. Everybody else, we try to move the ball. If you have a great shot…take it. If you have a good shot, it’s not good enough. You have to find a great one.”

 Diaw on the Spurs plan to defend LeBron James in Game 3: “LeBron is the best player today. The philosophy is to not let him get easy shots. It’s not making him take outside shots, we just don’t want anything easy for him.”

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Notes from NBA TV’s Coverage of the NBA Finals Game 2 – Sunday, June 8, 2014

NBA-TV-LogoNotes from NBA TV’s Coverage of the NBA Finals Game 2 – Sunday, June 8, 2014

NBA TV will televise NBA GameTime on Tuesday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET, prior to Game 3 between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, along with comprehensive Finals coverage including live post-game press conferences.

 

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NBA Live at the Finals Pregame

Matt Winer, Grant Hill, Isiah Thomas and Chris Webber

Webber on the adjustments the Heat need to make to win Game 2: “The adjustments the Heat are going to have to make are ones they could have made in years past, but didn’t have to. This is one of the few teams that has won championships while being out-rebounded by the other team. I don’t think those things can happen in this series when [the Spurs] have an inside player like [power forward] Tim Duncan.”

Thomas on Spurs veteran Tim Duncan’s continued dominance throughout the years: “When you look at what Duncan has done in his body of work, it hasn’t been a five year run for him, he’s been good in every decade. It’s very difficult to do, and there are only three or four players who have done it in our league…he is one of them. Michael Jordan and LeBron James haven’t dominated for decades like Duncan has.”

Thomas on Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s play in Game 1 during the absence of injured star LeBron James: “When LeBron is out of the game, Dwyane Wade attracts a lot of attention. There are four defenders around him challenging every shot. Wade didn’t take over at the end of Game 1 when the game was close because San Antonio switched [Spurs forward] Kawhi Leonard on him. The adjustments San Antonio was able to make when LeBron was out of the game created a lot of defensive pressure for Wade and put him in a position where he was not able to score.”

Hill on the mindset of the Spurs heading into Game 2: “Miami certainly missed their leader and best defender in LeBron James [in the final minutes of Game 1], but San Antonio found their rhythm and started hitting their shots. All the talk the past few days has been about LeBron’s cramps, and whether the Heat would have won [with him in the game]. San Antonio won by 15 points and no one is talking about them. They might come out with an edge thinking they have to show they are the better team, even with LeBron James playing.”

Hill on where LeBron James stands among the greats in the post-Michael Jordan era: “He’s right up there. LeBron James is still in his prime, so it’s incomplete to judge and compare. He’s not even 30 years old. I would say Kobe [Bryant] and Tim Duncan are probably in the same category, particularly if Duncan can win this series and get to five championship rings.”

Webber on what he expects to see from LeBron James in Game 2: “I just expect him to be LeBron…which is the best player in the world. I expect him to come out and play well. However, I do think it is about the full team game, and let’s remember San Antonio doesn’t mind giving LeBron 40 points if they can find another way to win.” 

 

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NBA Live at the Finals Postgame

Winer, Hill, Thomas and Webber

Thomas on the simplicity of Heat forward LeBron James’ game during Game 2: “He played a classic, traditional game tonight.”

Hill on the strong play of LeBron James: “With all of the talk about LeBron not being healthy after Game 1, you knew he was going to come out in attack mode. Sometimes just seeing the ball go through the basket starts to give you that confidence. Once he gets it going, the Heat are pretty hard to beat.”

Thomas on the high level of play from Heat stars in the NBA finals: “I think Miami goes back home and they win. I look at [Heat stars] Wade, Bosh, Allen and James…all four of those players are playing at a very high level. None of them are struggling in this series to score or get the type of shot that they want. Until they figure out a way to stop one of those four guys, I don’t see San Antonio having a chance to win.”

Hill on the defensive effort of the Miami Heat: “I thought the defense was better tonight. Miami made all of the right plays at the right time. LeBron carried the load, willed this team and kept them in the game in the second half, but you have to tip your hat to the entire team defensively.”

 

Heat guard Dwyane Wade joined the GameTime crew following Miami’s Game 2 win

Wade on the importance of rebounds in the NBA finals: “It’s winning time. You have to go get it. When the ball is up it is 50/50. LeBron is just so athletic…he goes on top and grabs it.”

Wade on his role in Game 2: “Every game is different. Tonight LeBron had it going. It was my turn to manage the game. I have to do a good job of getting my guys shots and mixing mine in. Tonight wasn’t an overly aggressive offensive night for me, but at this time of year you do whatever it takes to win, especially in the second half.”

Wade on the clutch three-point shot made by Heat center Chris Bosh to win Game 2: “That’s what Chris Bosh does…he makes big shots for us. Whether he is having a big night or a quiet night, you can always count on him. He’s going to take it. He has the guts to take it and has knocked big shots down for us.”

Wade on the criticism the Heat face and how they stay focused game to game: “That’s the world that we live in. Some people are going to believe in you and some people may not, but you can’t go hide and crumble. You have to come out and continue to keep striving and pushing. No matter what they say we’re going to keep coming back. We are a confident team and feel we can win four games. Keep it coming…hate is motivation.”

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NBA TV Tips Off 2014 WNBA Coverage with Doubleheader Action Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV Tips Off 2014 WNBA Coverage with Doubleheader Action Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET

NBA TV’s 2014 WNBA Season Preview to feature NBA Inside Stuff  Co-host Kristen Ledlow and WNBA analyst LaChina Robinson on Thursday, May 15, at 8 p.m.

NBA TV will tip off its 2014 WNBA coverage Friday, May 16, with a doubleheader featuring the San Antonio Silver Stars and this year’s No. 3 overall draft pick Kayla McBride against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream and Angel McCoughtry at 7:30 p.m. ET.  In the second game of the night, the Los Angeles Sparks and reigning MVP Candace Parker will visit the Seattle Storm and Sue Bird at 10 p.m.

The network will preview the regular season Thursday, May 15, at 8 p.m. with the 2014 WNBA Season Preview hosted by Kristen Ledlow and analyst LaChina Robinson.  WNBA President Laurel Richie will also join the hosts to discuss a variety of topics from around the WNBA.

NBA Digital is the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com, and WNBA.com.

Follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR. Follow NBA TV on Twitter at @NBATV.

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Notes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Thursday, May 1, 2014

NBA-TV_2004_IDNotes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Thursday, May 1, 2014

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AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Vince Cellini, Dennis Scott and Isiah Thomas

Thomas on Indiana’s inability to defend the perimeter: “When you look at [George] Hill, you look at [Lance] Stephenson, and you look at their perimeter players, Paul George, they’re good enough out on the perimeter to defend and shut down the three-point line and contain penetration. Why are they not defending? Why are those three guys getting beat off the dribble? I know [Jeff] Teague is good, but they’re getting beat off the dribble by a lot of players, not just Teague.”

Thomas on Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague playing as well as other top point guards: “When you’re talking about Jeff Teague, he has just as much control of this offense as Tony Parker does right now and as Chris Paul.”

Scott on the criticism of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant: “You look at Kevin Durant’s body of work, there’s no way you can say this man is unreliable. There’s no way you can say that. Each year, as Russell Westbrook said, he’s gotten better. When Russell Westbrook went down, his assists, rebounds, everything went up. And right now he’s had a bad couple games because there’s a guy [Tony Allen] who doesn’t care about anything else on the floor but defense and disrupting his flow to the game.”


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Indiana Pacers (95) at Atlanta Hawks (88) – Series tied 3-3
Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Greg Anthony (analyst) with Molly Sullivan (reporter)

Anthony on Pero Antic: “He just knows how to play the game of basketball. [He] doesn’t make a lot of negative plays on the floor; he just helps you win.”

Anthony on Indiana center Roy Hibbert not being a major factor against Atlanta: “The issue with [Roy] Hibbert is, what he does best, there isn’t an opportunity for him to do it in this series. That’s the issue. It’s not about his ability as a player, it’s just not a good matchup. He’s a very good player; he’s not a transcendent player. He’s got to have an opportunity to do what he does, and this series doesn’t present it.”

Anthony on Atlanta forward Paul Millsap: “How about the job Danny Ferry did there [signing Paul Millsap]. You talk about a serious bargain…of getting Paul Millsap, who has been nothing short of brilliant all season, really, for this Hawks team. And he’s been a terrific compliment to Jeff Teague and his style of play, and for Coach Bud’s [Budenholzer] system.”

 

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Sprint Halftime Report
Cellini, Scott and Thomas

Thomas on Indiana’s defense forcing Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague to be a scorer more than a passer: “Indiana’s defensive adjustment, in terms of playing small, has made them quicker. Now they can cover the perimeter. With [Roy] Hibbert being out of the game, and again this is no knock on Hibbert, I just don’t think this is a series for him. This is a team – Atlanta – that spreads the floor. They play with speed, they play with quickness…and Indiana now is matching their speed and the quickness. Consequently, they’re able to keep [Jeff] Teague in front of them, forcing him to make shots, and he’s not getting everyone else involved.”

Scott on Indiana forward Paul George’s impact in the first half: “Superstars have to put their imprint on the game, and so far he’s doing it.”


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Anthony on the Hawks’ mindset for a potential Game 7 on the road, knowing they’ve won in Indianapolis: “The Hawks also know that we’ve gone to Indianapolis already this series and won twice. So, all is not lost if you’re the Hawks because of that confidence in knowing that you’ve been able to do it.”

Anthony on the Hawks’ 19-7 third quarter run while Indiana’s Paul George was on the bench in foul trouble: “You see the importance. It’s not only his presence offensively, the impact defensively as well that he provides.”

Anthony on the lively atmosphere in Atlanta: “I’ve got to tip my cap to the city of Atlanta, the way they’ve supported this team. This is as electric an environment as I’ve ever seen here. They are into this game like I’ve never seen for a Hawks basketball game. It’s impressive to watch.”

Anthony on Atlanta’s forward Paul Millsap contributing in other ways besides scoring: “Paul Millsap, he hasn’t shot it well, but boy he’s done everything else.”

Anthony on Indiana’s turnovers and poor passing: “No matter what happens tonight, whether the Pacers win or not, one thing that’s telling is they’re really not a good passing team.”

Anthony on Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague: “He’s got supreme confidence in his abilities right now.”

Anthony on Indiana forward David West: “He has been just money in these big games here on the road for the Pacers.”


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Cellini, Scott and Thomas

Scott on the Pacers’ defense playing closer to its old form: “That Indiana Pacer defense finally showed up that we’ve seen the past couple years, holding the Hawks under 90 points. When they do that, it means they’re focused, [with] deflections, hands in the passing lanes.”

Scott on Indiana players stepping up in Game 6: “Lance Stephenson brought his A-gane tonight.”

Scott on Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel trusting forward David West at the end of the game: “You love his [David West] intensity down the stretch in understanding that, I need to make a good play, I need to make sure the ball goes to the right person. So, I like the fact that Coach [Frank] Vogel trusts him to put him at the top of the key.”

Thomas on the Hawks facing a road game 7: “You can definitely pull it together. However, you missed a golden opportunity. And I thought Atlanta tonight fell in love with the three-point shot a little bit too much. Early they had success, but to shoot the three-point ball 35 times in a close out game like tonight, at home, that’s way too many.”

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Notes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NBA-TV_2004_IDNotes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues Wednesday, April 30, with the Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (Game 5) at 7:30 p.m. ET

 

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AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Matt Winer, Dennis Scott and Rick Fox

Fox on Thunder veteran Derek Fisher’s record-breaking 245th playoff game: “Seeing him on the court after so many years, I recall sitting in Chicago at Moody Bible [Institute] watching him, and Derek stood out to me then…the way he conducted himself and carried himself. He’s a lefty too, and I thought that was interesting…a strong guard with a left-handed approach to things. Then I got to know him and his leadership, professionalism and consistency. It didn’t matter what team he was on. I can’t think of [Lakers guard] Kobe Bryant without thinking of him. They came [into the league] together and won five championships as Lakers together. He’s got the same amount of championships as Kobe and has held up in a healthier fashion than all of us put together.”

Scott on Fisher: “Being an opponent and playing against him, he has always been a top-notch professional.”


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Memphis Grizzlies (100) at Oklahoma City Thunder (99) in OT – Grizzlies lead series 3-2
Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) with Lewis Johnson (reporter)

Fratello on the Memphis Grizzlies success thus far in the postseason: “Because Memphis got off to a slow start [in the regular season] many people forgot this is a playoff tested team. They had to find their way. Down the stretch, they were one of the most dangerous teams in the regular season. Now they’re back.”

Fratello on Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook: “That’s what Westbrook does to most small guards…he just overpowers them and goes through them to get a clear look at the basket.”

Fratello on Grizzlies center Marc Gasol: “You have to make a decision when you’re playing defense against Gasol. You either back off and dare him to shoot a face-up jump shot, or you pressure him. If you’re going to pressure, make it for real…no make believe defense. Get all over him and make him pass.”

Fratello on Thunder point guard Derek Fisher’s longevity in the league: “He’s amazing. He played at a small college and not many people recognized just how good he was. He just came in and earned all his minutes, earned his starting position early in his career and he’s still the same type of player — hard-nosed and so professional. As a coach, this is the kind of guy you love to have in practice because he leads the way by example.”

Fratello on Grizzlies forward Mike Miller: “He can obviously stretch the defense because he has no range…it’s unlimited. When he steps over the half-court line, you better be ready for him. He’s really the ultimate teammate. I haven’t known a team or somebody who has played with Mike Miller that doesn’t have all great things to say about him.”

 

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Sprint Halftime Report
Winer, Scott, Fox

Fox on the quicker pace of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5: “Pace and tempo is not something they’re really known for, but they decided to flip the script and look for uncontested shots in transition. The team that is under control most during the game wins, and Memphis is used to rolling at a slower pace. As they pick it up they have to be very careful not to play out of character. You want to run at a pace that is best suited for all your players on the floor. Not everyone can play at 80 miles per hour.”


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Fratello on the aggressiveness of Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook: “He’s so aggressive and [Thunder head coach] Scott Brooks doesn’t want to take that away [from him], but Westbrook has to understand there is a time to take it and finish it and a time to draw defenders and create shots for his teammates.”

Fratello on the Thunder’s lack of confidence: “It almost looks like Oklahoma City is feeling the pressure of this game. They’re back home and they got away with the last one because of the performance of [Thunder point guard] Reggie Jackson. It’s almost like they don’t believe they’re as good as Memphis.”

Fratello on Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph: “You cannot give him room to get a good look at the basket…he’s too good of a scorer.”

Fratello on Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley: “He’s not [Thunder point guard] Russell Westbrook, but he does it his own way and makes it look easy. You don’t think he’s as fast as he is.” 


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NBA GameTime presented by Kia

Winer, Scott, Fox

Fox on the hot hand of Grizzlies shooter Mike Miller: “These aren’t your normal stretch jump shots from a player. This is someone who understands how to knock down shots. We know that Mike can do this, but how you can leave him open in transition is beyond me. That cost the Thunder tonight.”

Scott on Mike Miller in the playoffs: “This is his time of year. When the game is tight, he’s the perfect person to kick it to.”

Fox on the pros and cons of Russell Westbrook’s aggressive play: “If you’re only looking at the stat sheet, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double tonight and was statistically impressive. We know he’s going to stuff a stat sheet because he’s going to come at you full force. He had moments of brilliance. We’ve grown accustomed to him in attack mode, but the plus/minuses with him [and his aggressive play] are always going to swing quarter to quarter.”

Scott on the execution of Memphis in Game 5: “Memphis played with more purpose. They were getting into their offense faster and executing early.”

Fox on the Thunder heading into Game 6 in Memphis: “They’re confident they can win in Memphis because they just did in Game 4. A fifth overtime game would not surprise me one bit.”

Notes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Monday, April 28, 2014

NBA-TV_2004_IDNotes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Monday, April 28, 2014

NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues Tuesday, April 29, with the Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 5) at 9 p.m. ET

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AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Jared Greenberg, Brent Barry and Stu Jackson

Barry on the changing personnel of the Pacers: “The beginning of the series, being able to stretch [Roy] Hibbert out, was problematic going into the series – that’s sort of been nullified. The fact that Atlanta is not playing a typical center, playing [Paul] Millsap and Mike Scott, another shooting big [man], that’s been another adjustment so that Hibbert is now out of the game in crunch time situations, which adjusts the way the guys in the perimeter are used to having some security blanket behind them defensively.”


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Indiana Pacers (97) at Atlanta Hawks (107) – Hawks lead series 3-2
Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Steve Smith (analyst) with Molly Sullivan (reporter)

Ian Eagle on the Hawks gaining confidence: “This group is gaining confidence for a team that finished 38-44 [and] battled for that final playoff spot down the stretch of the season.”

Smith on the Indiana Pacers struggling in Game 5 after having success during the regular season: “We were talking about this team at the beginning of this season, [winning] a championship, talking about the Indiana Pacers, 46-13, at one point, now in Game 5 down 23 points. The  boo birds are out before halftime in a series that’s 2-2.

Smith on Indiana’s Luis Scola: “He’s done an excellent job coming in, giving them some offensive presence. He moves without the basketball, [is] a great passer, just has a knack for being in the right place.”

Smith on the Hawks’ impressive first half: “They knocked down some threes [and] Mike Scott led in the second quarter, but I thought?defensively?they did a good job…give the Hawks a lot of credit on both ends.”

 

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Sprint Halftime Report
Greenberg, Barry, Jackson

Jackson on the turning point for the Hawks: “It really started when Roy Hibbert went out with two fouls, that’s when Atlanta went on a 9-2 run, and from there on out, going into the second quarter there was no turning back. [Mike] Scott comes in and creates a huge match-up problem, given the way he’s shooting the basketball.”

Barry on the Hawks and Indiana’s lack of adjustments: “It’s great to watch the Hawks doing what they’re doing, and we’ve got to start talking about their successes here; but no adjustments from the Pacers on the other side of things to take them away from that [hot shooting], that’s just bad basketball.”


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Smith on Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague in the playoffs: “He just seems more relaxed, and that’s [come] with experience. Jeff Teague, this offense is made for him. A lot of pick and rolls, a lot of space for him to use that ability to get into the paint.”

Smith on the Hawks holding on to win in Indiana despite a comeback attempt by the Pacers: “A tremendous effort by the entire Atlanta Hawk team. [They] took the best shot from the Indiana Pacers in that fourth quarter.”

Smith on Shelvin Mack: “A huge game by Shelvin Mack. Not only the 19 points, but then to dish out five assists, three rebounds and calmly knock down some big free throws for the Atlanta Hawks.”


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NBA GameTime presented by Kia

Greenberg, Barry, Jackson

Barry on the Pacers not being able to play well at home: “It’s a tough one to swallow if you’re a Pacer fan, after seeing what they did on the road and beating the Hawks down here [in Atlanta] before heading home. And you’re thinking, ‘Ok, here we go, let’s take a collective breath and let’s go back and dominate the way we had done all year long.’”

Jackson on the Pacers’ performance in Game 5: “There’s no cohesiveness at all. And if to have your back against the wall to perform or do your job, that’s not a good characteristic to have. You give them some credit for fighting back and trying to get back in the game; but coming out, not being prepared mentally, not executing defensively, providing too much air space to the Hawks on penetration and jump shots, it’s unacceptable for a team as talented as the Pacers.”

Barry on the Indiana Pacers not being able to make adjustments defensively this series: “Defensively, you’ve got to be able to still make those kind of adjustments, where you could play small, ask guys to do other things, and be capable of those things. And they have looked like anything but capable on both ends of the floor.”

Jackson on the Hawks closing out the Pacers in Game 6: “Listen, they’re going for the jugular. I expect them, if they’re that cohesive and mentally prepared come their next game here in Atlanta, it’s lights out for the Pacers and they’ll arguably be one of the biggest sports stories of the year.”

Jackson on how the Hawks are a match-up problem for the Pacers: “This is about Indiana’s inability to guard perimeter players, specifically their guards. Big men are forced into helping, a split second too long, they can’t get back out to recover that amount of air space to the big men that are shooters from the perimeter, and you have a big problem.”