Good morning. Let's basketball.
2-0. Both the Heat and Spurs won, and rather convincingly in the end despite some fourth quarter dramatics. Gregg Popovich had to put his starters back in late (to his great anger) but the Spurs beat the Blazers by double digits in the end. The Heat relied on a big effort from Ray Allen and a lack of execution from Brooklyn to win.
Deron Williams didn't score a single point against Miami. All-Stars, man. Just can't trust them.
TONIGHT: Hey, it's the two competitive series!
Pacers at Wizards, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Paul Flannery puts Pop's C.O.Y. and R.C. Buford's Executive of the Year award in context.
THE SERIES: For a Kings fan, this was at times painful reading. But necessary and wonderful at the same time. Jonathan Abrams' oral history of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.
AGELESS BEAUTY: Russ Bengtson on the endless wonder of the Spurs.
SECOND ROUND SWOON: DeAndre Jordan had a breakout series in the first round. He's nowhere to be found in the second.
BROTHERS AND MOTHERS: As always, awesome work from Sam Amick, this time on Durant, Durant's mom and Westbrook.
PREPARE THE OSCAR: LeBron James will star in an upcoming Judd Apatow movie called Trainwreck. It follows the Heat through the 2011 NBA Finals. (Only that second sentence is false. It's actually about the 2010 Cleveland-Boston series.)
THE BLUE ALBUM AT 20: Grantland looks back at Weezer's self-titled debut track by track.
Happy Friday. Change your face. See you next time.