After surviving against the upstart Indiana Pacers in a grueling 7-game series, the defending champion Miami Heat begins the National Basketball Association Finals this evening against the most consistently excellent team in the league over the last decade, the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs' quest to reach the NBA Finals was much easier than the Heat's. So far in the playoffs the Spurs have only lost two games (while winning 12), both of which were in the playoff's second round against the Golden State Warriors.
The Heat had a relatively smooth ride to the NBA Finals before Indiana came very close to upsetting them. The Heat swept the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and lost one game to the undermanned Chicago Bulls in the second round before the Pacers scare.
Here is the complete schedule for the NBA Finals. All games will be televised nationally on ABC. The times listed are Eastern.
Game 1 – Thursday June 6 San Antonio at Miami 9:00PM
Game 2 – Sunday June 9 San Antonio at Miami 8:00PM
Game 3 – Tuesday June 11 Miami at San Antonio 9:00PM
Game 4 – Thursday June 13 Miami at San Antonio 9:00PM
Game 5 * Sunday June 16 Miami at San Antonio 8:00PM
Game 6 * Tuesday June 18 San Antonio at Miami 9:00PM
Game 7 * Thursday June 20 San Antonio at Miami 9:00PM
Who do you think wins? Who are you rooting for?