Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

High demand for the good seats at NBA Finals in Miami


If you were willing to sit in the Bob Uecker seats, the nosebleed ones at the top of the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Monday you could have gotten tickets for face value. They didn’t instantly sell out.

As of Thursday afternoon, StubHub had tickets for the game for $159 if you didn’t mind sitting way up high.

But, if you want to be close to the action, it’s going to cost you.

The Miami Herald said this matchup has ticket brokers seeing a lot of demand.

The explanation: Ticket demand from international buyers is high due to interest in Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, two top foreign-born players for the Spurs, according to a Miami ticket broker.

“Usually the Spurs are a bad draw for us,” said ticket broker Michael Lipman, whose White Glove International handles requests from high-end clients — everyone from Arab sheikhs to Justin Bieber. “But I’m getting slaughtered from professional athletes — people with relationships with those guys — from around the world. I just sold some courtsides for $17,500.”

As in per ticket.

And you thought the Spurs wouldn’t be a draw.

As of Thursday afternoon, StubHub had multiple listings for tickets in the first 10 rows of regular season (not courtside) for $1,500 to $2,000 a seat. So that is more reasonable than courtside, I guess. It’s a little rich for my blood.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.