The San Antonio Spurs didn't have much trouble getting to this point, but the Western Conference Finals represent a rather different beast. If Gregg Popovich and company want that rematch against Miami in the next round, beating Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be an accomplishment of its own.
Even in a Western Conference as stacked as this year's, San Antonio and Oklahoma City stood as the cream of the crop. The two teams finished first and second in the conference, respectively, with the Los Angeles Clippers appearing to be a firm third wheel.
The playoffs have only confirmed that assessment, with the Spurs and Thunder advancing to the conference finals with varying degrees of difficulty. San Antonio needed seven games to get out of the first round against Dallas, but dispatched the Trail Blazers in just five games during the semifinals.
Oklahoma City, meanwhile, trailed 3-2 to the Grizzlies in the first round, then 1-0 to the Clippers in the semis. In each case, Durant (like an MVP!) stepped up to power his team and keep the title run going.
That leaves us with quite the delectable Western Finals matchup, as it's hard to argue the Spurs and Thunder aren't among the very best teams in basketball. This should be an absolute battle. Let's take a look at the broadcast and schedule information for the series.
Full schedule (all times ET)
Game 1: Monday, May 19 @ San Antonio, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Wednesday, May 21 @ San Antonio, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Sunday, May 25 @ Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Tuesday, May 27 @ Oklahoma City, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5 *: Thursday, May 29 @ San Antonio, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Game 6 *: Saturday, May 31 @ Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 7 *: Monday, June 2 @ San Antonio, 9 p.m. (TNT)