Jun 11, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) looks to pass against San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first quarter of game three of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Finals Primer: Game 1 Tip Off Tonight


The NBA Finals are finally here, as the Spurs and Heat meet to decide a champion for second straight season. For the Spurs, this series about revenge and getting back what they feel was rightfully theirs last season before it slipped away from their fingertips. Also on the line is securing the fifth title in franchise history and the first since 2007.

For the Heat, this trip to the finals is about legacy. With a series win, they will become the first team to three peat since the 2000,2001,2002 Los Angeles Lakers.

It just might be the last song for three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan. Meanwhile, LeBron James has put this Miami Heat team on his back in the playoffs. James would join Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to win three straight Finals MVPs if he were able to capture the honor.

Let’s start you off with today’s broadcast, streaming and online information:

Date: Thursday, June 5th
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Venue: AT&T Center
TV Info: ABC, 8:30 PM ET Pregame coverage
Live Stream: Watch ABC Live
Radio: ESPN Radio/ESPNRadio.com — 8 PM ET Pregame coverage
Pregame FanSided Coverage: Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) | All U Can Heat (Miami Heat)

Series Schedule:

  • Game 2 : Sunday, June 8th @ San Antonio, 8 p.m. (ABC)
  • Game 3: Tuesday, June 10th @ Miami, 9 p.m. (ABC)
  • Game 4: Thursday, June 12th @ Miami, 9 p.m. (TNT)
  • Game 5: Sunday, June 15th @ San Antonio (ABC)*
  • Game 6: Tuesday, June 17th @Miami (ABC)*
  • Game 7: Friday, June 20th @ San Antonio (ABC)*

* If needed
Pregame Links:

Air Alamo – Five Deciding factors in the Finals Rematch

Sir Charles in Charge — LeBron James says Heat feel Slighted after 2013 Title

FanSided — Miami is Chasing History

Hardwood Paroxysm — Why you’re wrong and this NBA Finals matchup is awesome

Bleacher Report — Ric Bucher’s Burning Questions

Grantland/Bill Simmons — The Legacy of Game Six

Grantland/Zach Lowe — The Lowe Post with Jeff Van Gundy

Pregame Hangout:

The gang at HoopsHabit preview the NBA Finals with Matthew Tynan of the TrueHoop Network.

 

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