And then there were two.
For the third straight year, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat made their way to the NBA Finals. And for the first time since 2007, it's the San Antonio Spurs representing the Western Conference in the championship round, with the same three-man core that won a title six years ago and had heard plenty of whispers since that they were too old to do it again.
The series starts Thursday night in Miami, so here's five things - a starting five, if you will - to watch:
He got his championship last season, so LeBron James will never have to hear that ''Will you ever win a title?'' question again. But he was swept by the Spurs when facing them in the 2007 finals as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, so for the league's four-time MVP, this is a chance to erase at least some of the sting from that awful memory. And because the Spurs had more than a week to get ready for the series, look for San Antonio to throw an unexpected defe...