May 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) and forward Tim Duncan (21) react against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. San Antonio beat Oklahoma City 112-77. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Could NBA Finals Format Tire Out San Antonio Spurs?

The Indiana Pacers are trying to knock off the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals but it appears that after their win in Game 2, the Heat have found their footing and will march on towards a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. Who awaits them from the Western Conference is technically a mystery but it’s looking like we will see the San Antonio Spurs once again.

San Antonio has home court in the Finals if they Heat meet them but that might not be as much as an advantage as it may seem. As Ira Winderman from the Sun-Sentinel points out, the NBA Finals format is a little different from last year and the 2-2-1-1-1 format may cause some legs to get tired on the San Antonio side of the court.

Per Ira Winderman:

Remember, the NBA Finals will be 2-2-1-1-1 this season, and that constant travel could take a toll on some of the older Spurs, with San Antonio’s older players featured more than the Heat’s older players.

Let’s be real, the NBA Finals are still a ways aaa for at least the Heat who still need to get through a tough Pacers team. The Spurs are coasting against a Thunder squad who just looks pathetic and should be rested for the first few games of the Finals. But that travel schedule might tire some of the older players out and we could see another late series fizzle by the Spurs like we saw last year.

This is all way in the future, but it’s something to kick around should Miami finish off the Pacers.

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