The San Antonio Spurs spent most of the past week resting, answering the same questions from the media and battering each other during practice.
Mainly, though, the Western Conference champions spent their time off impatiently waiting to find out who they would play in the NBA Finals. San Antonio finally got the answer when the defending champion Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 99-76 on Monday night in Game 7 of the Eastern finals.
Did the Spurs get a chance to watch any of that grueling series?
"No, I watched one of those island shows," coach Gregg Popovich said, shaking his head at the query. "Unbelievable."
The week off certainly didn't dull Popovich's sarcasm, but could it impact the hot streak the Spurs have been on as they attempt to go a perfect 5-for-5 in the NBA Finals?
San Antonio is 12-2 in the playoffs, including series sweeps of the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. But the Spurs will have had a nine-day layoff when the Finals open today in Miami, while the Heat will be only two days removed from a physical series as they attempt to win the franchise's third title.
"They are going to be in more of a rhythm than us," point guard Tony Parker said. "But hopefully, we will be rusty like in the first quarter or first half and we will be better in the second half."
San Antonio can't even fall back on its season series against Miami for research since neither team was at full strength in either game. Popovich sent Parker, Tim Duncan, Danny Green and Manu Ginobili home rather than have them travel to Miami on Nov. 29 to play the second night of a back-to-back. Miami then sat James, Wade and Mario Chalmers on March 31 in San Antonio.Miami vs. San Antonio
Today: San Antonio at Miami, 6 p.m.
Sunday: San Antonio at Miami, 5 p.m.
Tuesday: Miami at San Antonio, 6 p.m.
June 13: Miami at San Antonio, 6 p.m.
x-June 16: Miami at San Antonio, 5 p.m.
x-June 18: San Antonio at Miami, 6 p.m.
x-June 20: San Antonio at Miami, 6 p.m.