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NBA Finals 2014: Updated Schedule Info and Prediction for Heat vs. Spurs Series

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 05:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat sits on the bench after leaving the game in the fourth quarter with cramps against the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 5, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 6, 2014

The Miami Heat showed on Thursday night exactly why the San Antonio Spurs are favored to win the 2014 NBA Finals.

Cramps forced LeBron James to exit Game 1 with 3:59 remaining in regulation. San Antonio only held a two-point lead. But Miami scored one field goal the rest of the game, losing by the score of 110-95.

Here are the schedule and predictions for the rest of the series. 

2014 NBA Finals Schedule
GameDateTime (ET)HomeAwayNetwork
2Sun., June 88 p.m.SAMIAABC
3Tues., June 109 p.m.MIASAABC
4Thurs., June 129 p.m.MIASAABC
5*Sun., June 158 p.m.SAMIAABC
6*Tues., June 179 p.m.MIASAABC
7*Fri., June 209 p.m.SAMIAABC
*If necessary; source: ESPN

Prediction

James performed phenomenally in the series opener, scoring 25 points and shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. But when a team loses primarily because its superstar player only plays 33 minutes, there's an issue with its depth.

No Spur entered the Finals even averaging more than 32.6 minutes per game this postseason. San Antonio can have that and still blow teams out. Miami, not so much.

Jun 5, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) handles the ball aianst Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) during the first quarter in game one of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Ray Allen is the only Heat reserve who scored more than two points. San Antonio had eight players score at least seven points. Miami had just five (and Boris Diaw, the only Spur who didn't, had six assists).

The more scoring threats an offense has, the more efficient it's going to be. San Antonio had nine players contribute offensively, and it shot 58.8 percent from the field and 52.0 percent from downtown. It's almost impossible to beat a team shooting that effectively.

Miami will bounce back. It's a two-time defending champion. This series will be long.

However, the Spurs' wealth of talent will win out against a Heat team centered on three players.

Prediction: San Antonio in seven

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and reporter at Wade-O Radio.

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