The date and time of Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals are scheduled, but the teams aren’t as the Eastern Conference playoffs head to Game 7.
The San Antonio Spurs knew they were championship bound on Monday, May 27 after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals. However, the Spurs wouldn’t find out who their opponent would be until a week later.
Thursday, June 6 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC
A week and a half off would make most NBA teams rusty. The Spurs, though, will likely benefit more from rest than they'll be hampered by rust.
Tony Parker is 31 years old. Manu Ginobli is 35. Tim Duncan is 37.
Those are three out of San Antonio’s four leading scorers, leaving 21-year-old Kawhi Leonard and his 13.0 points per game in the postseason as the youthful outlier of the bunch. Parker, Ginobli and Duncan are past their prime—well past in the case of Duncan. A week and a half off will provide their legs with the rest necessary to play fast in the Finals.
What the Heat and Pacers’ slugfest also did for the Spurs was expose weaknesses for each Eastern club. Miami held Indiana under 80 points in Game 5 and the Pacers returned the favor in Game 6. Gregg Popovich now possesses plenty of film on how to exploit whichever team San Antonio is matched up against on Thursday.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and a news editor at Wade-O Radio.