Dec. 25: Miami Heat 103, Oklahoma City Thunder 97
Feb. 14: Miami Heat 110, Oklahoma City Thunder 100
The NBA Finals offer a number of intriguing possibilities.
I'd be entertained by any series including the Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers or New York Knicks. A battle between the suffocating defenses of the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers would be legendary.
Any series including the San Antonio Spurs offers the chance to watch a coaching masterpiece.
However, while the options are plentiful, they all pale in comparison to a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals. Watching the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat duke it out once more just trumps everything else, which is why we only need one slide for this stage of the postseason.
The Heat may have the Thunder's number, but nothing tops a clash between Kevin Durant and LeBron James. When the two best players in basketball have a chance to go head-to-head, especially since they'd likely spend a lot of time matching up against each other, there's plenty of potential for a historical event.
It feels like we've been working toward this series ever since the Heat and Boston Celtics first tipped off a day before Halloween.
David Stern would certainly love it if that work paid off, and NBA fans around the world wouldn't mind too much either.