Jerry Zgoda's NBA Finals preview

  • Updated: June 4, 2014 - 10:35 PM

 

Players to watch

LeBron James, Heat forward: Averaging 27.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 15 postseason games. He passed Larry Bird for eighth in the NBA’s career playoff scoring list.

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs forward: Spurs were 54-12 during regular season with Leonard in lineup. Averaging 13.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals during playoffs.

Chris Bosh, Heat center: Has averaged 15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in the playoffs. The 6-11 center leads the Heat with 25 three-pointers in the playoffs.

Tim Duncan, Spurs center: Averaging 16.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. During regular season had 30 double-doubles and 17 games with at least five assists.

Dwyane Wade, Heat guard: The former Marquette star has averaged 18.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists this postseason. Shot a career-high 54.5 percent from the field during the regular season.

Tony Parker, Spurs guard: Only player in NBA to average at least 16.5 points and 5.5 assists in 30 minutes or less during regular season. Averaging 17.2 points, 4.9 assists in playoffs.

Key statistics

The Heat won its third NBA title with a seven-game victory over San Antonio in last year’s finals.

The Heat is 8-0 at home in the playoffs this season; the Spurs have won seven consecutive home games by at least 15 points.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of five NBA coaches with at least four NBA championships. He’s led his team to 17 consecutive postseason berths.

The Heat is 33-1 when hitting at least nine three-pointers this season.

The Spurs are 41-11 in postseason when their Big Three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — each scores at least 15 points.

 

Minnesota connection

The Wolves selected Mario Chalmers with the 34th overall pick of the 2008 draft, then immediately traded him to Miami for cash and two 2009 second-round picks. Those picks yielded Nick Calathes and Henk Norel. Chalmers is the Heat’s starting point guard, averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 assists this postseason. Ex-Wolf Michael Beasley is a deep reserve for the Heat, although he did average 7.9 points in 55 regular-season games.

 

The Quote

“We’re happy that it’s the Heat again,” Spurs star Tim Duncan said. “We’ll be ready for them. We’ve got some experience, obviously, from last year against them, and we’ll go back and look at some film. … Hopefully, we’ll be ready to take it this time.”

 

Jerry Zgoda Says

The Spurs came within five seconds of beating the Heat in six games last June. This time, San Antonio has home-court advantage … and don’t forget the name Kawhi Leonard. San Antonio in 7.

 

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NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda 0 FINAL
Toronto - WP: D. Hutchison 2
Detroit - LP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 6
Chicago Cubs - WP: F. Doubront 5 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: J. Masterson 1
Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 3
Minnesota 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Baltimore 0
Philadelphia 0 Bottom 4th Inning
NY Mets 0
Miami 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Atlanta 0
Boston 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Tampa Bay 3
Cleveland 0 Top 3rd Inning
Kansas City 0
Detroit 2 Bottom 3rd Inning
Chicago WSox 0
Texas 0 Bottom 4th Inning
Houston 0
Colorado - T. Matzek 7:10 PM
Arizona - V. Nuno
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada 7:15 PM
St. Louis - M. Gonzales
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 7:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
Milwaukee - M. Fiers 8:05 PM
San Francisco - J. Peavy
Oakland - J. Samardzija 8:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Rasmus
Washington - S. Strasburg 8:10 PM
Seattle - R. Elias
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
Penn State 26 FINAL
UCF 24
Troy 10 FINAL
UAB 48
(7) UCLA 28 FINAL
Virginia 20
Western Mich 34 FINAL
Purdue 43
(5) Ohio State 34 FINAL
Navy 17
Appalachian St 14 FINAL
Michigan 52
Ga Southern 23 FINAL
NC State 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Massachusetts 7
West Virginia 23 FINAL
(2) Alabama 33
Rice 17 FINAL
(17) Notre Dame 48
(10) South Dakota St 18 FINAL
(24) Missouri 38
Fla Atlantic 7 FINAL
(22) Nebraska 55
California 31 FINAL
Northwestern 24
Marshall 42 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 27
UC Davis 0 FINAL
(11) Stanford 45
Arkansas 21 Delayed 9:55
(6) Auburn 38
(16) Clemson 21 3rd Qtr 8:52
(12) Georgia 24
Liberty 15 3rd Qtr 14:54
(23) North Carolina 21
Ohio U 14 3rd Qtr 9:25
Kent State 7
Louisiana Tech 0 2nd Qtr 12:24
(4) Oklahoma 24
Stephen F Austin 0 2nd Qtr 11:51
(20) Kansas State 14
Fresno State 0 1st Qtr 5:10
(15) USC 14
Southern Miss 0 1st Qtr 6:47
Miss State 7
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
Idaho 0 Delayed
Florida 0
(14) Wisconsin 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(8) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(22) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(14) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(16) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(1) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
(25) Washington
(15) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(11) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(18) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(8) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(6) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(17) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(13) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(5) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(7) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Colorado 0 FINAL
Seattle 1
New England 3 FINAL
Toronto FC 0
Columbus 0 1st Half 25:00
Montreal 0
FC Dallas 7:30 PM
Chicago
Real Salt Lake 9:30 PM
San Jose
Portland 9:30 PM
Vancouver FC
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Chicago 33 3rd Qtr
Indiana 42
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