The 2013 NBA playoffs are heating up, with the conference finals taking center stage and the top four teams all vying for the championship gold. Due to the fact that only four teams are left, however, the games are spread out in an inconsistent manner.
To answer the question of every fan in the NBA community, here is when and where you can watch every conference finals game.
In the first of two games, the Miami Heat will host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series. The Heat took Game 1 in dramatic fashion, overcoming a buzzer-beater by Paul George in regulation when LeBron James hit a buzzer-beater of his own in overtime.
The question is, how emotionally drained are the Pacers?
In the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies will take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their series. The Spurs currently own a 2-0 series lead after dominating Game 1 and overcoming an 18-point comeback by the Grizzlies in Game 2.
All eyes will be on Memphis, as it attempts to pull back into the series and avoid the 3-0 hole.
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat, Game 2
Time: Friday, May 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Series Record: Miami Heat 1, Indiana Pacers 0
Game 1 was everything we expected and more from these two squads, as the game was down to the wire—and then a few extra wires were frayed. If we're given a Game 2 that's half as entertaining, fans will walk away as pleased viewers.
The question is, what can we actually expect to see?
The Indiana Pacers were 1-5 coming off of overtime games during the 2012-13 regular season. The Miami Heat, meanwhile, were an exact opposite at 5-1 after games that went into extra time.
Perhaps this was just LeBron James' day.
LeBron's only other buzzer-beater game-winning shot in a playoff game was 4 years ago to the day... May 22, 2009 against the Magic.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2013
All of these numbers seem to point in Miami's favor.
Is this a sign of things to come? Or is this just another fluke statistic that doesn't mean quite as much as we may believe?
We're going to find out in the very near future.
San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, Game 3
Time: Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN & Watch ESPN
Series Record: San Antonio Spurs 2, Memphis Grizzlies 0
The San Antonio Spurs own a 2-0 series lead, but the Memphis Grizzlies have been here before. Memphis trailed 2-0 against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first round and fell down 1-0 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
No one wants to fall into an 0-2 hole, but if any team can crawl back out of one, it's the battle-tested Grizzlies.
Memphis has been sensational with its back against the wall, winning eight of its nine games prior to its series against the Spurs. San Antonio has only lost two games all postseason, but one was on the road.
If there's one thing for Memphis to hang its hat on, it's that the team was dominant when Tim Duncan was off of the floor.
Spurs outscored the Grizzlies by 22 points in Tim Duncan's 31 minutes. They were outscored by 18 points in his 22 minutes on the bench.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 22, 2013
Now, it's all about performing well with Duncan active.
The Grizzlies have yet to lose a postseason game in Memphis, which suggests that they are in the driver's seat for Game 3. With that being said, the Spurs are 4-1 on the road during the 2013 NBA playoffs.
Things are getting interesting in the Western Conference.