2014 NBA Finals

Heat vs. Spurs: Complete Schedule and Predictions for NBA Finals 2014

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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 2, 2014

The NBA Finals pairing is a rematch from last year. If the basketball world is treated to a series as good as the one from June 2013, we'll all be fortunate to witness another classic.

So much is at stake for both teams and organizations. NBA legend Magic Johnson got the matchup he wanted.

Can the Heat win a third consecutive NBA title to join the ranks of the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls as one of the truly elite franchises in the sport's history?

If so, how long can the core stay together?

Can the Spurs win a fifth championship in the Gregg Popovich-Tim Duncan era? Those two already have their place in history etched in stone, but another ring would only make their Hall of Fame plaques more impressive.

This series is more than likely going to feature eight future Hall of Famers (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Erik Spoelstra, Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Popovich).

That's a rare occurrence and another reason it's a must-see.

Here's how you can catch every game.

NBA Finals Schedule
GamesDateLocationTime - ETTV
Game 1Thursday, June 5San Antonio9 p.m.ABC
Game 2Sunday, June 8San Antonio8 p.m.ABC
Game 3Tuesday, June 10Miami9 p.m.ABC
Game 4Thursday, June 12Miami9 p.m.ABC
Game 5*Sunday, June 15San Antonio8 p.m.ABC
Game 6*Tuesday, June 17Miami9 p.m.ABC
Game 7*Friday, June 20San Antonio9 p.m.ABC
*- if necessary, per NBA.com

 

Who Wins?

There are a lot of concerns on both sides heading into this series. Parker suffered an ankle injury during the Western Conference Finals, and he didn't play in the second half of the series-clinching win in Game 6.

With four days, it seems as if he should be ready to go, but will he be 100 percent?

Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford says the team will know more shortly:

San Antonio was able to conquer the Thunder without Parker for a half, but it won't have that type of success without its floor general against Miami.

The Heat have done a great job managing Wade's minutes all season and in the postseason. Because the Heat have had little issues handling opponents in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the squad should be fresh as a daisy.

Still, Wade's knee issues could flare up, and that would shrink their Big Three to a Big 2.5. 

There's also the matter of the head coaching chess match between Spoelstra and Popovich. Spoelstra won the series last year, but are we really sure he outcoached Popovich?

It may have been more James' brilliance and will that led to the victory.

Both men will have their chance to match wits once again with the highest prize in the game on the line. So, who wins?

In a series that probably won't be as close as last year's contest, the Heat take it. James grew up in a major way during last year's Finals. He learned how to take over a game with his effort and activity as much as his skills.

Also, having a healthy Wade should make them as dynamic as ever as a tandem. Miami will win in six games.

 

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