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Question of the Day
NO FIGHTING: There was a fair amount of pushing and shoving in the Miami-Chicago series, and certainly no love lost between Miami and Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals.
In the NBA Finals, the Heat haven’t been dealing with vitriol.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade told NBA TV that not only is this series just about basketball _ and rest assured, that’s OK with both teams _ but that Miami thinks San Antonio’s players are “nice.”
“Nothing is happening in the games that has been chippy,” Wade said. “I don’t really know how a lot of them even sound. They don’t speak much to you or say anything.”
It has been rather gentlemanly, as indicated earlier in the series when Miami’s Mario Chalmers extended an arm and pulled San Antonio’s Tim Duncan up after the Spurs’ forward took a tumble near the baseline.
NBA TV: Commissioner David Stern, who is presiding over his last finals after 30 years on the job, has watched the league’s television channel _ NBATV _ grow from just an idea to a full-fledged production that is celebrating its 14th year of broadcasting at the NBA Finals.
The channel has grown into one distributed to 61 million homes, provided 40 hours of live coverage of the finals and, with a partnership with NBA Digital and Turner, has put together an impressive product with analysts that include Barkley, Rick Fox and Steve Smith, who were at the game on Sunday night. Postgame shows, highlight packages, televised press conferences, it’s all there.
“It’s a whole new world for us and we’re very excited by it,” Stern said.
The NBA is also encouraged by the league’s reach on social media. The league has received 410 million likes and followers combined across all platforms, including 60 million in China. The NBA’s first tweet came in 2009 and the account has grown to have 7.3 million followers and the league’s videos posted on YouTube have been viewed 1.45 billion times.
“Our ability on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to reach out to millions of fans is really very exciting,” Stern said. “And it becomes really a digital ecosystem, and that’s a big deal for us.”
NOTES: With his final point of Game 4, Miami’s LeBron James increased his career postseason total to 3,777 points, one more than John Havlicek for ninth on the league’s all-time list. And in Game 5, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan was breaking a tie with Scottie Pippen for sixth place outright in NBA history with 209 career playoff appearances. … James entered Game 5 just 52 minutes shy of matching Indiana’s Paul George for the total-minutes-played lead (including playoffs) in the league this season. It puts James on pace to lead the league in that category for the second time in three years. … Neither team is expected to practice Monday, as both settle again in Miami to prepare for Game 6 on Tuesday night.
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