MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — Defending champions Miami Heat will be hoping to take advantage of playing the opening game of NBA Finals at home by beat a well rested San Antonio Spurs team at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Coverage: ABC
9:00 PM ET, June 6, 2013
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

LeBron James and the Heat completed a seven game series victory over the Indiana Pacers to earn the right to play in their third successive NBA Finals, and everyone knows what this finals will mean to James.

James, at 22, had a nightmare time when these met in 2007 when he was playing with Cleveland Cavaliers, but Spurs coach Greg Popovich believes he’s all matured now and is definitely a different kind of player.

“Well, LeBron is a different player than he was in `07,” Popovich said. “That was like ancient history.

“He was basically a neophyte at the time, wondering how all this stuff worked and how it’s put together. We were very fortunate at that time to get him so early. But at this point he’s grown.”

Dwyane Wade showed up in Game 7 of the Indiana series and Miami will be hoping that Chris Bosh, who went four straight games below 10 points, can get his act together.

San Antonio will certainly be looking to the All-Star point guard Tony Parker run most of the offense, but Tim Duncan, who should match up nicely with Udonis Haslem and Kawhi Leonard, who will guard James, are expected to be two of the main contributors.


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