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The Los Angeles Clippers took down the San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game series that players sure loved.
But the Clippers weren't exactly favorites to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. In fact, before the series, coach Doc Rivers handed players one sheet of paper as motivation (read more about it here):
The sheet of paper Clippers players were given before their series against the Spurs. pic.twitter.com/QPSUOvQc3M— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 3, 2015
Yes, those are predictions from nationally known analysts, including many of ESPN's own.
Guess the Clippers might be paying attention to this page a little more closely than we thought ...
2014-15 NBA schedule released
The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.
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Five weeks after the infamous "air conditioner game" -- you know the one -- the Spurs posted the following job to NBA.com:Courtesy of NBA.com
What is a senior operations manager? Well, the job requires myriad duties. But one of them in particular stands out:
Courtesy of NBA.com
Yes, experience with HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) units is a must for this post. Now, one might think that this job is in direct reaction to the incredible outage in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. However, notice how it doesn't say the applicant must be experienced at keeping them running. Hmmmm ...
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Note: SportsNation does not actually believe the outage was a conspiracy.Christopher Trotman/Getty Images
End of the Big Three in Miami?
The Miami Heat's Big Three set out for a three-peat this season. Instead, they got hammered by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, leading many to speculate that this might be the end of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all together in South Florida. Then again, there are some suggestions all three could stay -- and be joined by Carmelo Anthony. What do you expect to see?
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Spurs win fifth NBA championship
Even after going behind 22-6 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs would not be denied. Gregg Popovich's team quickly roared past the Miami Heat, clinching the 2014 NBA championship with a 104-87 win. It gives Popovich and star player Tim Duncan their fifth championships but first since 2007, meaning youngsters such as Kawhi Leonard are tasting triumph for the first time. What does the future hold for this squad? Where do Popovich and Duncan rank on their respective all-time lists?