As we all remember from this time last year, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs took to the court and played an epic series where Miami ultimately came out victorious and took home the NBA championship for the third time in Heat franchise history. Fast forward to this year, and these two teams are back again, with the Spurs ready to claim the championship as their own after defeating OKC.

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“It’s unbelievable to regain that focus after that devastating loss that we had last year,” San Antonio’s Tim Duncan said. “But we’re back here. We’re excited about it. We’ve got four more to win. We’ll do it this time.”

Not only are the Spurs out to prove themselves, but this is the first NBA Finals rematch since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls played against Utah back in 1998.

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Last year, the Spurs lost against the Heat 95-88. In an interview with the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, he said, “We know we’re facing a very talented and tough team, and it’s going to be rough. But of course, we believe in our means and we’re going to do our best, as always.”

The key players the Spurs have to watch out for from the Heat are, as always, the triple-threat of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron James. The Spurs say they know they can’t stop James, and can only hope to halt his momentum. From the Spurs’, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and newcomer Kawhi Leonard, are who the Heat will have to focus on. In particular, Leonard, who showed in Games six and seven that he was a viable opponent for James.

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So tune in this Thursday at 9 p.m. to watch game one of the finals and see who will come out the victor.

NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1 Thursday, June 5, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 2 Sunday, June 8, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 3 Tuesday, June 10, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 4 Thursday June 12 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 5 Sunday, June 15, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 6 Tuesday, June 17, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 7 Friday, June 20, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)