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How Duncan Robinson’s supporters back home in New England are cheering him on in the NBA Finals

Heat forward and New Hampshire native Duncan Robinson has been in the NBA’s Orlando bubble for nearly three months, at once the most invigorating and isolating time of his life.



a person holding a basketball: Duncan Robinson grew up in New Castle, N.H., a town of about 1,000 east of Portsmouth.


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Duncan Robinson grew up in New Castle, N.H., a town of about 1,000 east of Portsmouth.

On the court, the sharpshooter has averaged 11 points per game during the playoffs and helped guide Miami to an improbable NBA Finals appearance against the Lakers.

But there have been so many idle hours, too. Robinson would sometimes call his sister Marta three times a day, with her finally asking him what’s left to talk about. It was important for those close to him to remind Robinson that he is certainly not alone, even if the now desolate Disney campus may feel that way. So they came up with an idea.

Harry Rafferty, Robinson’s close friend, reached out to

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NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat not ready to go home just yet

As much as he might want to go home after more than 90 days in the NBA “bubble” at Disney World in Orlando, Jimmy Butler insisted he and his Heat teammates plan on staying until Oct. 13. That would be the day of a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals, which means the Heat would have to win Game 5 Friday night and a potential Game 6 on Sunday in order to come back from their current 3-1 deficit.

“I like where we’re at, man,” Butler said on a video conference call on Thursday. “I smile because it’s true. I like where we’re at…Everybody is ready to compete, ready to get one.

“This is the job — to go out there and try to win a championship no matter where it’s at, here in a bubble in Orlando. We’re all here mentally, physically. We’re all wanting to get this

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Lakers Fans Encouraged to Stay Home to Celebrate If LA Beats Heat in NBA Finals | Bleacher Report

Thousands watch as the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their NBA championship in a parade down Figueroa Street in Los Angeles Monday, June 21, 2010.    (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of winning their 17th NBA Finals, but fans who want to celebrate with the normal gatherings and parties that typically follow title wins are being advised to hold off due to the pandemic. 

Both Staples Center and L.A. Live in Los Angeles will not show Game 5 of the Finals on their exterior screens or host any potential postgame celebrations and the venue is encouraging fans to watch the game from home while exercising caution. 

The Lakers lead the Miami Heat 3-1 in the best-of-seven series with Game 5 set

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