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Spurs and Heat battle in South Beach for Game 1 of NBA Finals

By on June 6th, 2013

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs meet in a highly anticipated match-up tonight as the NBA Finals get underway. The Heat have a quick turnaround after eliminating Indiana on Monday while the the Spurs made quick work of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals, winning four games in a row by an average of 11 points. San Antonio has been off for 10 days.

Former Gator and current Spurs forward Matt Bonner says San Antonio is focused on the task at hand and that the team isn’t concerned about the media hype.

While LeBron James carried the Heat throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struggled the majority of the series. Despite Wade scoring 21 and Bosh securing nine rebounds in pivotal Game 7, Wade averaged 15 points in the series while Bosh only managed to score just over 11 points per game.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says he looks to see Wade and Bosh carry the momentum over from Game 7 to tonight’s matchup with the Spurs.

The Heat advance to their third straight NBA Finals while the Spurs return to the Finals for the first time since 2007, when they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers led by LeBron James. The Spurs held LeBron in check that series, holding the superstar to under 40 percent shooting. San Antonio would sweep the king and claim the franchise’s fourth NBA title.

James says he still remembers that series well and will use it as motivation in the upcoming match-up.

Tip-off from South Beach is set for 9 p.m. You can catch all of the NBA Finals action on ESPN 850 WRUF.

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