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TOUGHEST GIG

Finally, the toughest job in the NBA Finals may be the one held by a former Providence guard who was one of the best players in the Big East. (Go ahead and think for a moment, because neither the Spurs nor the Heat have any players from Providence on their rosters.) We’re talking, of course, about ABC/ESPN analyst Doris Burke, whose job as the series sideline reporter includes the unenviable task of conducting those in-game interviews with coaches after the end of the first and third quarters. Erik Spoelstra doesn’t mind doing them, though isn’t going to offer any intricate strategy. Gregg Popovich is not a fan, and recently set an NBA record by needing only one word to answer two of Burke’s in-game questions, saying “turnovers” in reply to each of her queries.