Steve Novak made a surprise appearance at the arbitration hearing in New York Wednesday, his 29th birthday, as the NBA Players Association fought to restore the 3-point shooting ace’s and Jeremy Lin’s Bird rights. A favorable outcome would be a major boon to the Knicks’ free-agency prospects.
Erik Spoelstra insists that the Heat are not worn down, even though the Thunder looked fresher, faster, looser and more precise, outscoring the Heat 58-40 in the second half of Game 1.
Phony Twitter users like @NotBillWalton and @NotWaltFrazier are in playoff form as the N.B.A. season reaches its climax.
Dwyane Wade has been up and down in the postseason. His shot selection came into question in the Heat’s Game 1 loss to the Thunder.
The Heat-Thunder game on Tuesday was the highest-rated Game 1 of the finals since ESPN/ABC acquired N.B.A. rights in 2002-03.
An arbitrator will decide in the next two weeks whether to grant so-called Bird rights to Jeremy Lin and three other N.B.A. players.
Not many know much about the guy who dominated Game 1 of the NBA Finals other than he’s pretty good.
In a documentary that will be shown on Wednesday night on NBA TV, Jordan, Bird, Barkley and Magic Johnson (among others) tell the story of the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team.”