Duncan happy that Spurs face the Heat again after disappointment of last season…
The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to avenge the heartbreak of last season as they take on the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals 2014.
Ray Allen’s stepback three in Game 6 last year has become one of the most iconic shots in NBA history, and as the Spurs were seemingly ready to celebrate another championship, they went on to lose the final two games of the series as the Heat defended their crown.
However, they have been handed the opportunity for immediate redemption after successfully coming through the Western Conference with the best regular-season record and then beating the likes of the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder en route to the Finals.
Meanwhile, the Heat saw off the challenge of the Indiana Pacers for a third consecutive season, and they will be hoping that it is a good omen as they search for an historic ‘three-peat’.
Nevertheless, Spurs forward Tim Duncan has revealed that he is happy to face Miami again this year, as the pain of last season is still in the minds of the Spurs and they will be focused on ensuring that they get the job done this time round.
Duncan will hope that point guard Tony Parker will recover in time from his ankle sprain to lead San Antonio, with coach Gregg Popovich conceding that he has “no idea” whether or not the Frenchman will play in Game 1.
Parker was slightly more confident in his assessment, and says he hopes to be able to start with another three days worth of rest and treatment ahead.
Here is the full schedule for the NBA Finals 2014 (All times are in BST):
Game 1 – Thursday at San Antonio 02:00
Game 2 – Sunday at San Antonio 01:00
Game 3 – June 10 at Miami 02:00
Game 4 – June 12 at Miami 02:00
Game 5 * June 15 at San Antonio 01:00
Game 6 * June 17 at Miami 02:00
Game 7 * June 20 at San Antonio