The one-man show that is LeBron James didn’t work against the San Antonio Spurs six years ago when they won the last of four NBA championships.
But James was with a different team then as his Cleveland Cavaliers were swept in four games.
Thursday, as the leader of the Miami Heat, James gets another shot at Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (ABC, 9 p.m. ET). He’ll have more help with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen instead of Sasha Pavlovic, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Game 2 is Sunday, also in Miami (ABC, 8), followed by Game 3 on June 11 in San Antonio (ABC, 9) and Game 4 on June 13 in San Antonio (ABC, 9).
If necessary, Game 5 is in San Antonio on June 16 (ABC, 8) and Games 6 and 7 would be in Miami on June 18 and 20 (ABC, 9).
When the Spurs bested James in Cleveland with a forgettable supporting cast, they only won by an average margin of six points per game while holding him to an average of 22 points, 36% shooting and six turnovers.