Heat confident, anxious heading into Finals

NBA Finals latest challenge for defending champs


MIAMI – The defending NBA Champions the Miami Heat are feeling confident and are anxious for Game 1 tonight against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

Coach Spoelstra said, "?We'll have a different challenge in doing it against the Spurs than we did against the Pacers. Their game is different.  Offensively they'll attack us in much different ways.  And then offensively we'll have to attack them in different ways we did in the last series. So you grow. You get tested.  Hopefully you get better from the rounds that prepare you for this.  We always felt all season long that the Spurs were the best team in the West.  So we think it's fitting to face them."

Every series takes on a life of it's own from sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in 4 games, to taking down the Chicago Bulls in 5 games, to most recently a physical battle with the Indiana Pacers that went back and forth going to 7 games. But the Heat are ready for the next challenge in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James said, "Every team we play causes different problems.  ?What we do know is how we're going to play. We're going to play our game.  We're going to share the ball.  We're going to attack, try to get to the free throw line.  And with that attack, myself, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are the key ingredients to that attack."

The Spurs and Heat have met twice this year in the regular season both times Miami won, although San Antonio sat its stars in the first meeting while Miami sat theirs in the second.

Game 1 tonight of the NBA Finals tonight at 9:00 at the American Airlines Arena but our coverage begins at 8pm with Mercedes Benz Miami Heat Courtside which leads right up to tip-off.