A lot has changed since the Miami Heat last played the San Antonio Spurs. It was Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, when the Spurs completed their redemption season after fumbling away a championship title in 2013.
San Antonio (31-18) stunned many with how easily it defeated LeBron James and the Heat in last season’s finals, with four blowout victories en route to its fifth title in 16 years. Since last season’s finals, the two teams have gone in opposite directions.
The Spurs are hitting their stride, winning eight of their last 10 games after a slow start to the 2014 season with injuries to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. Questions if the team could return to their championship form began to surface, but it seems the Spurs are the most healthy they’ve been. Marco Belinelli also returned from missing 18 games, giving the Spurs an entirely healthy roster for the first time.
As for the Heat (21-28), not many had expectations of them playing at a championship level with the departure of James. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng have each missed time due to injury causing stability and consistency issues throughout the season. Wade will be sidelined for a fifth straight game due to a hamstring injury.
A bright spot for the Heat has been the emergence of Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is putting up historical single-season rebounding projections, along with being an anchor in the paint for the Heat, with 57 blocks in only 23 games played.
San Antonio is looking to close out its home stand with a 5-1 record before heading out on a season-high nine-game trip. You can still get tickets for the Miami Heat at the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, February 6th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price is $110.61 with a walk-in price of $26. Fans looking to spend time in the east side of San Antonio for the weekend can find hotels in San Antonio from $69 using Hipmunk.com.
Hipmunk also provides easily searchable flights to San Antonio, TX for out of town fans that want to see a rematch of the last two NBA Finals matchups.