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NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info, Predictions for Remainder of Final Series

Jun 10, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the first quarter of game three of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 12, 2014

The length of the remaining 2014 NBA playoff schedule will be determined by how the Miami Heat respond to the 111-92 trashing it received from the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3.

San Antonio took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with the win. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Spurs rarely lose the series after establishing this lead.

But they established this lead last year and the Heat stormed back and won in Game 7. Here's when and where to watch the Finals if they go that long this season.

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

San Antonio is outscoring Miami by over 10 points a game in the Finals. But as much as the Spurs are outplaying the Heat, the defending champions won't go down without a fight. This series will last at least six games, if not seven.

Miami hasn't lost back-to-back postseason games this year. In fact, it hasn't since 2012. And it hasn't lost back-to-back home postseason games since 2011.

The Spurs carry the experienced, "old guys" persona because of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. But the Heat as a collective have more championship experience than San Antonio because Miami has been to four straight NBA Finals. It's all Norris Cole knows, for crying out loud.

With that being said, though, the Heat's depth is letting them down—depth, meaning everyone besides the Big Three. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have hit their fair share of threes. But Chris Anderson is a shell of his former self, and Cole and Mario Chalmers have a total of 20 points and 14 turnovers this series.

The absence of their impact wouldn't be disastrous against, say, the Indiana Pacers. But against a Spurs rotation which is getting quality production out of eight players, three can't carry Miami.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are talented enough to will the Heat to another win or two, but they'd need a miracle to overcome the machine that is San Antonio right now.

Prediction: San Antonio in seven.

 

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

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