Spurs ready for Heat despite season series split

The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will square off in the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season. The Silver & Black will be playing with the memories of their heartbreaking defeat in last years finals. Add in a deeper bench and revenge on their minds, it is shaping up to be one of the most emotional and heart stopping NBA Finals in recent memory.

But how did the two teams match up in the regular season? Below I broke down the two meetings between the teams and the factors that went into the games.

Game #1: Spurs at Heat – January 26, 2014 (MIA 113-101)

The Spurs entered the game with having a day off, while Miami had two days rest. San Antonio was without three key players in Kawhi Leonard (hand), Danny Green (hand) and Tiago Splitter (shoulder). Chris Bosh led the Heat with 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting, LeBron James added 18 but struggled as he finished 8-of-15 from the floor. Tim Duncan finished with 23 points while Boris Diaw chipped in 15.

Miami’s biggest lead was 29, while the Spurs never led in the game.

Game #2: Heat at Spurs – March 6, 2014 (SA 111-87)

Both teams entered the second and final matchup of the season with a day off. Both teams had all their stars and it was the first ‘true’ game between the two teams since the 2013 Finals. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Parker added 17 and Boris Diaw 16. Chris Bosh once again led the way for the Heat with 24 points and LeBron James added 19.

So, as you can see the two teams only met once with everyone on their roster healthy. The road to the NBA Finals has been easier for the Miami Heat as they took down the Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers to reach their fourth straight finals.

The Spurs have been tested all playoffs long, first by a veteran Dallas Mavericks team and most recently by the talented Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. With the added memories of last years finals defeat, they will be ready for the Heat.

San Antonio will look to slow down James, to make him work for every shot, and make it difficult as possible. It will take a team effort from Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Boris Diaw, and the interior defenders.

Get ready Spurs fans. After a year of waiting, a shot a redemption has finally arrived.

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About Stephen Anderson

Stephen serves as an editor or writer at several Project Spurs Network sites, including Project Spurs, Stars Hoops, Rampage Central and Red Black 90. He is studying at the University of the Incarnate Word and brings his unique writing style from Minute By Minute Sports. He also is a staff writer for UK entertainment website Reality Box. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@imsteveanderson) for all the latest news on San Antonio area sports.