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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?
April 18, 2014Apr18
The Spurs' four best players now live on the head of a man from Texas. A customer at KardzMatic Barbershop in San Antonio got lifelike representations of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili shaved into his head, and the result is incredibly impressive, if a little unsettling. Memo to those fans who get championship tattoos before their team actually wins a championship -- this might be a better way of going about it.
Kyrie Irving showed he is a serious threat with the ball in his hands, having upped his average in points and assists from his rookie year to his sophomore season. Now that the Cavaliers added Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum to the roster, that should give Irving the room he needs to be even more explosive on the offensive end. Will Irving be the league's biggest breakout star? Are second-year players Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond poised to up there production as well? NBA Insider Bradford Doolittle had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Click the images below to set your rankings!
2013-14 NBA breakout players
2012-13: 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG
2012-13: 5.6 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.7 RPG
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.75 BPG
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.58 BPG
2012-13: 5.3 PPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 RPG
2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG
2012-13: 7.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.46 BPG
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 6.0 RPG
2012-13: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.99 BPG
2012-13: 6.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 1.8 RPG
From the inside out, we've seen a little bit of everything in the playoffs -- dominating all-around play from LeBron James, strong defensive performances by Roy Hibbert and spectacular shooting from Stephen Curry. But who knew players such as Nate Robinson, Mike Conley or Kawhi Leonard would step up the way they have? NBA Insider David Thorpe ran down his postseason MVP rankings and it's time for SportsNation to do the same.
NBA postseason MVPs
Postseason: 29.3 PPG, 1.9 APG, 6.5 RPG
Postseason: 8.1 PPG, 2.0 BPG, 11.0 RPG
Postseason: 17.9 PPG, 7.8 APG, 4.5 RPG
Postseason: 26.5 PPG, 8.9 APG, 4.3 RPG
Postseason: 18.7 PPG, 1.3 APG, 8.3 RPG
Postseason: 33.3 PPG, 6.4 APG, 9.1 RPG
Postseason: 18.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 7.5 RPG
Postseason: 18.9 PPG, 4.4 APG, 8.3 RPG
Postseason: 13.5 PPG, 2.5 BPG, 9.1 RPG
Postseason: 23.5 PPG, 7.2 APG, 7.3 RPG
Postseason: 13.0 PPG, 1.7 APG, 8.3 RPG
Postseason: 11.7 PPG, 2.4 APG, 9.6 RPG
Postseason: 22.8 PPG, 6.2 APG, 4.5 RPG
Postseason: 19.8 PPG, 1.8 APG, 8.3 RPG
Postseason: 17.4 PPG, 4.0 APG, 2.0 RPG
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