NBA Finals Start Thursday

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - In a way the N-B-A finals are almost routine
for San Antonio's Tim Duncan.
Instead of talking about the game -- he'd rather play.
The series opens tomorrow in San Antonio as the Spurs host
Cleveland.
Duncan is going for his fourth N-B-A title in nine seasons and
could be on his way to a fourth finals M-V-P.
And this time around, San Antonio's quiet constant is playing
the foil to Cleveland's flashy LeBron James.
Duncan is liberal with praise for others, including James, whom
he calls "absolutely impressive."
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich often says that everything on the
team -- begins with Duncan.
The Spurs won N-B-A titles in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been together for the
last two title runs.
Cleveland coach Mike Brown stopped for a quick chat today with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich -- a former boss who remains a close friend.
The two teams open the N-B-A Finals tomorrow in San Antonio.
LeBron James is Cleveland's superstar. But it's Brown, with his
knowledge of the Spurs system, who could be Cleveland's secret
weapon.
The Cavaliers are at a huge disadvantage when it comes to N-B-A
finals experience, with only reserve guard Eric Snow having played
for the title.
But the Cavs have plenty of knowledge of what the Spurs do.
Cleveland's hierarchy is filled with people who had roles in
making the Spurs an elite team -- from Brown and assistant Hank
Egan to general manager Danny Ferry and his assistant, Lance Blanks
Brown calls the Spurs a "model franchise."
He says the Cavs have just got to be themselves.