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

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NBA Finals 2014: Schedule and Predictions for Remainder of Heat vs. Spurs
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Three down, but how many games are left in the 2014 NBA Finals is to be determined.

The San Antonio Spurs are hoping the series only lasts two more. They own a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat after winning Game 3 by the score of 111-92. Miami is planning on the series lasting a little longer.

Here's the remaining schedule for the Finals, no matter how long the series lasts, as well as a prediction of which team walks away with the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

2014 NBA Finals Schedule
Game Date Time (ET) Home Away
4 Thurs., June 12 9 p.m. MIA SA
5 Sun., June 15 8 p.m. SA MIA
6* Tues., June 17 9 p.m. MIA SA
7* Fri., June 20 9 p.m. SA MIA

*If necessary

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As dominant as the Spurs looked Tuesday, this series will last past Game 5. The Heat haven't lost back-to-back postseason games since 2012. They haven't lost back-to-back postseason games at home since 2011.

Miami can extend those streaks to next season and still lose the championship, though. And that's what's going to happen.

San Antonio has outscored Miami by 32 points through three games. The Heat's only win came on the back on an all-world effort by LeBron James. He finished Game 2 with 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting from the field and was 3-of-3 from downtown.

James has been Miami's only hope to even keep it close thus far. And in Game 3, Kawhi Leonard outperformed him. That's unlikely to happen again, but the Spurs don't need it to.

Their team-oriented offense has been more far more efficient than the Heat's star-oriented one. Miami is shooting 50.5 percent from the field this series.

That's actually great. No team shot that efficiently in the regular season. But it's not Spurs-postseason great.

San Antonio is shooting a stupid 53.3 percent from the field in the Finals. In its victories alone, it's shooting a preposterous 59.1 percent. The Heat had an answer for the Spurs in Game 2, but the Spurs had an answer for that answer. 

If San Antonio didn't miss so many free throws (eight) in Game 2's two-point loss, it'd likely have a three-game lead. Miami will extend this series because James is the best player in the world, but the title will be won by the best team. And the Spurs have left no doubt that they're just that.

Prediction: San Antonio in seven.

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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