The NBA Finals will be kicking off on Thursday evening as Miami Heat take on San Antonio Spurs for the second consecutive year as this game has said to have immense pressure building up around it, however Miami Heat's number six LeBron James is confident his side can complete the three-peat.
The small forward recently spoke to ESPN and stated that there is tension between the two teams, however once the game starts he is sure that Miami and himself will win the championship and beat Spurs for a second year running.
"They don't like us, they don't. I can sense it from Timmy's comments over the last couple of days. They wanted this, they wanted us and we'll be ready for the challenge."
This was in response to the comments made by Tim Duncan to ESPN earlier on in the week.
The power forward made it clear that redemption is on the cards for Gregg Popovich's team as Duncan is aiming to make it his fifth NBA title at the age of 38.
Last year these two teams played each other and Miami went on to win the series 4-3.
The games were a case of cat and mouse with Miami constantly pegging back San Antonio's lead before Heat won game seven at the American Airlines Arena with James scoring 32 points.
The test between these two players however goes deeper than the last two years as Tim Duncan and the Spurs prevented James winning his first NBA title whilst the 28-year-old was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007.
San Antonio went on to win the series 4-0 completing a whitewash of the Cleveland team in their home town, but after the final game both captains show mutual respect for one another.
But this season Heat have been exceptional in the play-offs; having finished second in the Eastern Conference to the Indiana Pacers Scott Brooks' team powered past the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0 in the first round before beating the Brooklyn Nets 4-1.
In the Eastern finals they came up against a tough opponent in the Pacers, but their class shone through and even the antics of Lance Stephenson couldn't prevent Heat winning the series 4-2.
San Antonio meanwhile had a difficult first round beating the Dallas Mavericks 4-3 before cruising past the Portland Trail Blazers in the semi-finals 4-1.
Their Western finals match-up was against Oklahoma City Thunder, and it was one of the best play-off series this season with the Spurs winning 4-2; Popovich's men suffered a set-back after losing two games on the bounce after being two games up, but knew redemption was imminent if they could see out the result.
Game one of the series will be at the AT&T Centre as according to CBS Sports, Spurs' point guard Tony Parker is said to be hopeful for the upcoming game in San Antonio.
But the friendship of Duncan and James is said to be on old com Thursday, as fans have already witnessed that there are no friends on the court once the game starts.
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