In a highly anticipated rematch from the 2013 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are set to face off once again on basketball's biggest stage.
The Heat are looking for their third consecutive title, and the Spurs will seek redemption during this year's grudge match.
The 2014 NBA playoffs have already been highly entertaining, but this is certainly the icing on the cake.
Missing a moment of the forthcoming action would be tragic, indeed—let's take a look at the full series schedule, championship odds and some interesting tidbits of information regarding this epic clash.
2014 NBA Finals Schedule
|1||Thu., June 5||San Antonio||9 p.m.||ABC|
|2||Sun., June 8||San Antonio||8 p.m.||ABC|
|3||Tue., June 10||Miami||9 p.m.||ABC|
|4||Thu., June 12||Miami||9 p.m.||ABC|
|5*||Sun., June 15||San Antonio||TBA||ABC|
|6*||Tue., June 17||Miami||TBA||ABC|
|7*||Fri., June 20||San Antonio||TBA||ABC|
|San Antonio Spurs||5-6|
What would a preview of the NBA Finals be without some interesting information?
As these teams prepare for battle once again, here's a handful of stats, storylines and topics to keep an eye on as the series unfolds.
We already know it's difficult for one team to reach the Finals in consecutive years. It's even rarer for both teams achieve the feat.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted the last time we saw a Finals rematch in the NBA:
Let's put that time frame into perspective.
This year's Finals also bring about firsts for both of these teams.
For the Heat, LeBron James and Chris Bosh become the first duo in a very long time to reach the championship in their first four seasons with a new team, according to a tweet from Numbers Never Lie:
LeBron & Bosh will join Bob McAdoo & Dennis Johnson as only players in history to play in NBA Finals in first 4 seasons with a new team.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) June 4, 2014
For the Spurs, this year marks the first time the team has earned back-to-back trips to the Finals in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
Spurs: back-to-back NBA Finals appearances for 1st time in franchise history— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2014
The Heat's fourth Finals trip in four years puts the team in some elite company. Take a look at this graphic from NBA on ESPN:
Heat join the Celtics and Lakers as the only franchises in NBA history to reach four consecutive NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/LCRbtNdGjC— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 31, 2014
The Heat aren't the only ones looking to join the ranks of the elite.
Tim Duncan has a chance to go down in history should he excel in the Finals this year. If he wins the Finals MVP, he will become only the second player in history to achieve that feat four times.
Who was the first?
Take a look at this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:
Tim Duncan: seeking to join Michael Jordan as the only players with at least 4 @NBA Finals MVPs— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 4, 2014
Being mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jordan isn't generally a bad thing.
There's plenty of history in the making as these juggernauts square off in what should be one for the ages.
In the words of Terrell Owens: "Get your popcorn ready."