San Antonio is prototypical of the increasing internationality of the NBA: Supercenter Tim Duncan was born in the Bahamas, Tony Parker came over from France, Manu Ginobili represents Argentina ... giving real credence to the title World Champions. The old school North American Miami Heat must shut down these three stars tonight at 8:00 and, wed wager, in the finals at seasons end. At 6:00 p.m. Sunday the boys in black welcome (yeah, right) the confounding Sacramento Kings. They might not be playoff material, but the Kings have always been fun to watch, especially the somewhat underrated Mike Bibby, shooter Shareef Abdur Rahim, and bruiser Brad Is This Hockey? Miller. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. the Memphis Grizzlies visit Dwyane, Shaq, and company at the American Airlines Arena.
Fri., Jan. 20, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 22, 6 p.m.; Tue., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.