That’s what they’re playing for, gang — the 2014 NBA Finals begin Thursday night in San Antonio, with the Spurs and Heat vying for the right to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy and call themselves NBA champions. Before Game 1 tips off at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, get ready for the rematch of last year’s epic seven-game slugfest with BDL’s breakdowns.
- BDL 2014 NBA Finals preview: Spurs vs. Heat. (With predictions!)
- Kelly Dwyer lists the main X-factors on the Spurs and Heat.
- Eric Freeman on what’s at stake from a legacy/reputation perspective for key members of the Spurs and Heat.
- Dan Devine’s Inarguable Power Rankings of who will matter most in the Finals.
A collection of all our 2014 NBA Finals lead-up stuff from the past few days, if you want something to read before it gets going tonight.
Kevin Durant finishes the alley-oop from Jeremy Lamb in the Thunder’s 112-107 Game 6 OT loss to the Spurs. (05/31/14)
Russell Westbrook with the jam in the Thunder’s 117-89 Game 5 loss to the Spurs. (05/29/14)
LeBron James with the pretty pass to Shane Battier for the open three in the Heat’s series-clinching 117-92 Game 6 win over the Pacers. (05/30/14)
Mario Chalmers and LeBron James connect on the alley-oop early in the Heat’s 93-90 Game 5 loss to the Pacers. (05/28/14)