The 2014 NBA Finals schedule features the first rematch between teams playing in back-to-back championships since 1998.
After Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Indiana Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel called the Miami Heat the "Chicago Bulls of our era." It was the Bulls in 1998 who defeated the Utah Jazz in the Finals for the second straight season.
This year, Miami has a chance to live up to Vogel's label by defeating the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals for the second straight season. Here's how to watch every second of it.
|2014 NBA Finals Schedule|
|1||Thurs., June 5||9 p.m.||SA||MIA||ABC|
|2||Sun., June 8||8 p.m.||SA||MIA||ABC|
|3||Tues., June 10||9 p.m.||MIA||SA||ABC|
|4||Thurs., June 12||9 p.m.||MIA||SA||ABC|
|5*||Sun., June 15||8 p.m.||SA||MIA||ABC|
|6*||Tues., June 17||9 p.m.||MIA||SA||ABC|
|7*||Fri., June 20||9 p.m.||SA||MIA||ABC|
|*If necessary; via ESPN|
Live Stream: ABC.go.com
The history between LeBron James and the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals goes back further than 2013. In 2007, San Antonio swept the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers. Following Game 4, Tim Duncan told James, "This is gonna be your league in a little while."
A little while became five years. In 2012, James won his first ring. It's been his league ever since, and he has the Heat entering its fourth straight Finals as back-to-back defending champions.
But Duncan never defined "little while." This June, he has the opportunity to, even if ever so briefly, take back his league.
When the Spurs won their fourth ring of the Duncan era seven years ago, he probably didn't expect to have such an opportunity at 38 years old. But at 38 years old, he doesn't expect anything less than taking back his league.
"It's unbelievable to regain that focus after that devastating loss that we had last year," said Duncan after Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, according to ESPN. "But we're back here. We're excited about it. We've got four more to win. We'll do it this time."
The Spurs will either do it this time, or they'll become the Heat's Jazz.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.
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