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Kawhi Leonard Takes Over Game 3 And Changes The Course Of The NBA Finals

Jordan Schultz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

The one guy for the Spurs who can change this series is Kawhi Leonard -- nobody else on the roster can defend LeBron James that well. But what Leonard did in Game 3 was not only bother James (22 points and seven turnovers) as well as force him to use screens for offense, but also completely take over the game offensively. Leonard -- who, ironically, hails from Los Angeles and went unrecruited by the LA schools before going to San Diego State -- scored a career-high 29 points on 10-13 shooting.

Spurs Control Tempo In Game 1, Put Heat On Heels

Jordan Schultz | Posted 06.06.2014 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

It took less than a full quarter of the first game of the NBA Finals to see how the rest of the series between Miami and San Antonio will go: Coach Gregg Popovich wants his team to control the pace of play at all costs.

Jordan Schultz

NBA Finals Preview: 2014 Rematch Comes Down To This

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 06.09.2014 | Sports

The NBA Finals are as much about matchups as they are about superstars. How will San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich counter Miami's ability to spread th...

Jordan Schultz

Don't Ignore Miami's Defensive Woes

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 05.22.2014 | Sports

Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Miami Heat squared off against the Indiana Pacers, were indicative of the Heat's defensiv...

WATCH: Heat Coach's Press Conference Was Very, Very Brief

The Huffington Post | Arman Walia | Posted 05.15.2014 | Sports

Before the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra sat down to do his normal pregame ...

Jordan Schultz

Early Take On NBA Playoffs: Pacers Lay Easter Egg And Home Court Ain't So Sweet

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 04.21.2014 | Sports

The opening weekend of the NBA Playoffs is over, and it delivered on its promise of both brilliant and poor performances, leaving upsets and what-ifs ...

NBA Coach Wants Your Help

AP | TIM REYNOLDS | Posted 11.13.2013 | Miami

MIAMI (AP) — With a bit of his mother's native language thrown in at the end, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra released a public service announcement...

Heat Give Spoelstra Multiyear Extension

AP | TIM REYNOLDS | Posted 09.30.2013 | Sports

MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra has been with the Miami Heat for nearly two decades, and their relationship won't be ending anytime soon. ...

Obama Salutes Heat's 'Relentless Determination'

AP | Posted 08.21.2013 | Miami

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama has congratulated the Miami Heat's head coach on winning the NBA championship the second yea...

5 Things To Remember From 2013 NBA Finals

AP | TIM REYNOLDS | Posted 08.20.2013 | Sports

MIAMI (AP) — Five things of note from Miami's seven-game win over San Antonio in the NBA Finals, which ended Thursday night: ___ ...

LeBron James Leads Heat To NBA Finals Title With Legendary Performance

Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.21.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

Game 6 of the NBA Finals was such a seesaw battle of emotions and just sheer basketball that nobody, perhaps not even the San Antonio or Miami players, knew what Game 7 would bring us. And, after a two-point Heat lead at halftime where a series of jabs and hooks were thrown, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade offered a solution: Play like the superstars they are.

Heat Win Game 6, But Dwyane Wade's Struggles Continue To Mount

Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.19.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

Heading into Game 7, we are faced with a litany of questions -- namely centered around why Popovich subbed out Tim Duncan and Tony Parker late in Game 6; how in the world the league's most consistent team and well-run organization choked away a surefire win; and whether or not either one of these teams has anything left in the tank. Maybe, though, the question we should be asking is what will Dwyane Wade provide for the Heat, because lightning won't strike the same place twice.

Heat Back On Familiar, Shaky Ground

AP | TIM REYNOLDS | Posted 08.17.2013 | Sports

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James has been here before, with dire results. It was two years ago, the end of the first season of "Big Three" b...

Miami Heat Finally Face True 'Must-Win' Against Spurs

Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.17.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

With the San Antonio Spurs leading the NBA Finals 3 games to 2, the question becomes, can Spoelstra respond? Will he stay with a smaller lineup, or will he re-insert Chris Andersen for some much-needed shot blocking?

Dwyane Wade Goes Retro, Provides Heat With 'Flash' Performance Of Old

Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

Wade is averaging the fewest minutes, points, field goal attempts and, perhaps most telling, free throw attempts of his nine playoff appearances.

LeBron James' Continued Struggles And Heat's Stunning Lack Of Effort

Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.13.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

The Miami Heat's Game 3 showing of the NBA Finals was so awful it could serve as a 48-minute guide of how not to play basketball. Lazy closeouts? Check. The Spurs made a Finals record 16 3-pointers. Poor effort on the glass? Check. The Spurs out-rebounded the Heat 52-36. A starting five who didn't show up? Check. Danny Green and Gary Neal combined for 51 points, yet all five Heat starters combined for 43.

'We Got What We Deseved'

The Huffington Post | Michael Klopman | Posted 06.12.2013 | Sports

The Miami Heat got what they deserved, according to their coach After San Antonio's 113-77 beat down on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NBA finals, ...

LeBron Has To Take The Lead

Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.10.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

If James lets the defense define his style and refuses to impose his will, the Heat must continue to rely on perimeter shooting to win this series.

Finals Notebook: Heat Aiming To Halt 4th-Quarter Funks

AP | TIM REYNOLDS | Posted 08.09.2013 | Sports

MIAMI (AP) — Finishing games is becoming a concern for the Miami Heat. They led the NBA this season in fourth-quarter field-goal perc...

Jordan Schultz

Key Matchups In NBA Finals

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 06.05.2013 | Sports

Sure, the 2013 NBA Finals between Miami and San Antonio will feature the sensational play of superstars LeBron James and Tony Parker, but this series ...

LeBron James' Brilliance Has Heat 1 Game Away From NBA Finals

Jordan Schultz | Posted 07.31.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

LeBron James, in Game 5 Thursday night, showed Frank Vogel and the Pacers why people like to say players, not coaches, win championships.

Jordan Schultz

Roy Hibbert Is Controlling Chris Bosh And The Miami Heat

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 05.29.2013 | Sports

For all of the Miami Heat's much-touted invincibility, something must be said for the way Indiana -- specifically, David West and Roy Hibbert -- has c...

LeBron James And The Heat Need Dwyane Wade Magic As Badly As Ever

Jordan Schultz | Posted 07.28.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

When Wade is truly healthy, he attacks the basket with a reckless abandon. He is equally active defensively, playing the passing lanes and disrupting the perimeter. But, he is not healthy right now. His right knee is severely limiting that explosion and, as a result, he's attempting just three free throws per game, or half of his regular season attempts.

Jordan Schultz

Spoelstra: Miami Has A 'Championship Level' Defense

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 05.06.2013 | Sports

When you're talented and playing for a championship or bust while also trying to reach a third consecutive NBA Finals, defensive effort can come and g...

Jordan Schultz

Dwyane Wade Talks Heat Streak, LeBron And Why Road Games Are 'Cool'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 04.11.2013 | Sports

On the heels of Miami's 27-game win streak, Dwyane Wade, fresh off his ninth All-Star game and shooting the highest percentage of his career, stopped ...