The 2014 NBA Finals feel familiar…because they will be. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs will face off in what will be a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals, where the Heat defeated the Spurs in seven hard fought games. This complete guide will give you key stats, season series information, positional matchup, team history and more.
San Antonio is making their second straight NBA Finals appearance and look to win their fifth NBA championship in the Gregg Popovich era. The Heat are the first team since the 1984-87 Boston Celtics to make four consecutive NBA Finals, winning the previous two.
The Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs in a tough seven-game series before easily taking care of business against the Portland Trail Blazers in the conference semifinals in five games. Lastly, the Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games to earn their berth in the NBA Finals.
Miami had the easier road, sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the opening round before taking care of the Brooklyn Nets in the conference semifinals in five games. They then beat up the Indiana Pacers in six games to win the Eastern Conference and earn their place in the NBA Finals.
The teams split their season series, with each team winning on their home floor. The Heat won 113-101 on January 26th, with Chris Bosh scoring 24 points on 9-for-10 from the field as Miami shot 58.1 percent as a team and ran the Spurs out of American Airlines center. On March 6th, the Spurs returned the favor, beating the Heat 111-87 at AT&T Center behind Tim Duncan‘s 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Schedule (All times Eastern, all games on ABC)
Game 1: Miami at San Antonio, Thursday June 5, 9:00pm
Game 2: Miami at San Antonio, Sunday June 8, 8:00pm
Game 3: San Antonio at Miami, Tuesday June 10, 9:00pm
Game 4: San Antonio at Miami, Thursday June 12, 9:00pm
Game 5 (if neccesary): Miami at San Antonio, Sunday, June 15, 8:00pm
Game 6 (if necessary): San Antonio at Miami, Tuesday, June 17, 9:00pm
Game 7 (if neccessary): Miami at San Antonio, Friday, June 20, 9:00pm