NBA Playoffs: Wade gives last full measure of devotion, then Pierce wins it for Boston

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Celtics_Pierce.jpgDwyane Wade has carried the weight of the Miami Heat franchise — and carried underachieving teammates — through 82 games. He carried them through the first two games of their playoff series with the Celtics, averaging 27.5 points per game while nobody else averaged more than 10.

He did it again in game three, for more than 47 minutes, dragging his team toward victory. Then his body gave way. He had to be helped off the court with 11.7 seconds left due to leg cramps. He had given the last full measure of devotion to his team.

Sitting on the bench with his calf seizing up, Wade got to watch Paul Pierce show he has a little something left, a 21-foot pull-up jumper that gave Boston a 10-98 win and a 3-0 series lead.

This series is over folks. Nothing to see here, move along.

Oh, sure, they’ll play one more on Sunday (maybe, maybe even a game 5) but this one is done. The Celtics are moving on to face the Cavaliers in the next round (what, you think Chicago’s coming back in that series? Wow, you really are a dreamer).

This one was a pretty entertaining game, close throughout. The Heat were close with the Celtics, but if Miami had one flaw it was turnovers. The 16 they committed helped Boston to 21 fast break points, and giving the Celtics easy transition baskets is giving them life. Can’t do that if you want to win.

Wade again was bordering on superhuman — 34 points on 14 of 26 shooting, 8 assists, a couple of steals. At halftime he probably sold beer and hot dogs at the concession stand. He carries that franchise.

He got a little help from Michael Beasley for a change – 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting and six rebounds. Too little, too late, but it was his best game of the series by far.

Pierce had 32 after the game winner, and every Celtics starter whose name does not rhyme with Gherkins scored in double digits.

This series is all but done. Celtics fans, start thinking of ways to stop LeBron (and good luck with that). Heat fans, start dreaming of July 1. Tune in and watch game four if you must, but this battle has decided the war.

Retired from the NBA or not, Tim Duncan would kick your a** in an MMA fight

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Tim Duncan has retired from the NBA.

But if you think that means he’s not still wearing Punisher T-shirts and is not still working out and staying in shape, you should watch the video above.

San Antonio-based kickboxing trainer Jason Echols posted a Facebook video of him and Duncan sparing, and the 41-year-old five-time NBA champ is still kicking a**. Sure, this sparring is at half speed, but if Duncan were going all out he could do some real damage.

He’s probably even got a move called the bank shot in his repertoire.

(Hat tip Eye on Basketball)

Watch LeBron James walk over to scorer’s table at son’s AAU game to correct score

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I feel LeBron on this one. I have two daughters who play on club soccer teams and I get more frustrated, angrier at referees, and generally am far more emotionally invested their youth games than any NBA game. Over the years I have learned a lot, both from and saw it echoed in Coach David Thorpe’s book, about how to be supportive to them and their experiences, not make it about my feelings and wishes.

But sometimes you need to step in.

LeBron James is in Las Vegas and so far all the stories have been about how he is working out with Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul, and what does that all mean (nothing, NBA guys often work out together all summer, especially teammates and guys who share an agent). But he’s also there for the AAU Adidas Uprising tournament where his son is playing.

And when LeBron saw the score was wrong, he went over to the scorer’s table at a time out to tell them.

I love the way the scorer’s wave him off, like they would any parent who walks up and complains.

Then they corrected the score, because LeBron was right. You knew he would be, the man has an eidetic memory about basketball.

Here are the 10 best crossovers from this past NBA season

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NBA offenses in 2017 may be highly advanced, but there is always room for a good old crossover.

That’s why we are bringing you 10 of the best crossovers from this past season. Some of the usual suspects — like Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook — bless the list.

Take a look at all of the highlight plays above and let us know what you think.

Meanwhile, I expect we will see more players doing be Shammgod next season.

Watch the 10 best dunks from the 2016-17 NBA season

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The 2016 NBA season will be known for the MVP battle between Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Or will it?

It could also be remembered for the Golden State Warriors seeking and achieving their redemption over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals.

No matter what, there are always great dunks to be seen in the NBA on a nightly basis.

Take a look in the video above. Do you agree with No. 1?