Small markets finding success in NBA playoffs

Small markets finding success in NBA playoffs

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 02: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to shoot over Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 2, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Pool/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:15 AM

The NBA is finding big success in small markets during these playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are locked in a thrilling Western Conference finals that is drawing some of TNT's highest ratings ever. And the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies have also enjoyed deep, compelling runs in the last two years.

The issue of small-market teams figured prominently in the recent negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, with some owners pushing for more revenue sharing to compete with the likes of the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls.

Commissioner David Stern says he hopes the league will one day get to the point where it is no longer an issue, much like the NFL. He hopes this is a sign that day is getting closer.

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