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Jimmy Kimmel Game Nights Recap: From Arcade to ‘Mini’ Basketball

By Andrew Gilstrap

ABC again ran half-hour Jimmy Kimmel Game Night specials revolving around each game of the NBA Finals. If you’re on the East Coast, you’d see the episodes before the Finals game; if on the West Coast, you could catch the Kimmel special after the game.

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Best 7-Game Series Ever?

The Miami Heat took Game 7 at home last week and their second championship in a row. They went back and forth with the San Antonio Spurs for most of the game but pulled away in the last few minutes, winning 95-88. It was all done without a single point from Chris Bosh.

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Not Quite

By Andrew Gilstrap

Oklahoma City fans watch the NBA Finals between the Thunder and Miami Heat. (Photo by Alonzo Adams, Associated Press)

 

The NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder went only five games, and television ratings did not stand out as much as one would expect with the star power involved. There were not two games that topped the 20-million-average-viewer mark as I had predicted. There was not even one. It was interesting to see how the momentum on the Thunder who had won four in a row against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals and then the first game of the NBA Finals. Miami then won four in a row, including three at home, to take this year’s championship. The Thunder looked completely overmatched by Game 5, which the Heat turned into a blowout.

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Kimmel Game Night Specials: Wrap Up

By Andrew Gilstrap

What did Matthew McConaughey have to do with basketball this week? Read below to find out. (Photo by Lionel Cironneau, Associated Press)

 

Since the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals, there were only two more Jimmy Kimmel Game Night Prime Time Specials that aired since my previous post. I had hoped for an increase in the quality of the episodes until the Finals ended. I got that in the fourth special. Didn’t quite get it in the fifth and final episode.

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