Fans can watch the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs live online as the teams face off in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals.
This year’s title round is a rematch from last year, when the Heat beat the Spurs in a thrilling seven-game series that included a near-miraculous comeback in Game 6. Now Tim Duncan and the Spurs will try to avenge the crushing defeat and send LeBron James and company back to South Beach without a title.
Game 1 will tip off Thursday at 9 pm from San Antonio.
The 2014 NBA Finals look to again be a close affair. The teams split the season series 1-1 and come in with nearly identical season efficiency rankings. The Spurs ranked No. 6 in the league on offense and No. 4 on defense, while the Heat ranked No. 7 for offense and No. 5 for defense.
The teams both appear ready for the rematch. After the Spurs eliminated the Thunder, Tim Duncan said he was looking forward to facing LeBron again.
“We’re happy that it’s the Heat again,” Duncan said, adding: “We’ll do it this time.”
LeBron James echoed the sentiment.
“We want them too,” he said.
Fans who watch the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs live online will see the first pair of teams to face off back-to-back since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dispatched the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998. The Heat and Spurs will ensure that one of the two franchises will win the NBA Finals for the seventh time in 12 years.
The Heat are looking for what would be their third straight title, while the Spurs are seeking their fifth title of the Tim Duncan era.
It appears the Spurs will be back to health in time for Game 1. Tony Parker, who has been plagued by a sore left ankle, will reportedly be in the lineup for Thursday.
”He’s getting better every day, and I expect him to play,” coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday.
Parker leads the team with 17.2 points and 4.9 assists in the postseason, but has been bothered in the past two rounds by the ankle.
”I always try to be honest with Pop,” Parker said. ”He knows, but if I’m 50 percent I’ll try to play. If I’m under 50 percent, we can argue.”
Fans who want to watch the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs live online can click here for streaming video of the 2014 NBA Finals.