Five rings for Tim Duncan. LeBron James hungry for his third title in a row. The Heat and Spurs clash in the Finals for the second straight season, and the storylines are endless. But is it the sequel, or just same story, different chapter?
The rosters of the Heat and Spurs seem all too familiar to us. Each team has the same core of their roster from a year ago. Each is loaded with the blessing of future Hall of Famers—the Heat with four and the Spurs with three.
So what can we expect to be different—if anything—about the Finals in 2014 compared to 2013? The Heat in 7 again? Do the aging Spurs knock the King off his throne? Here are six important details that make this year’s finals different from last year’s—and six potential reasons why the Heat could and should win it in six.