NBA fans, mark your calendars. The league just announced the starting date for this year's Finals.
The 2020 NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, June 4. This is the latest start date for the Finals since 2014, when Game 1 of Heat-Spurs also tipped off on June 4.
Last year's Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors began on May 30. In 2018, the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers opened their series on May 31.
The NBA regular season ends on April 16, with the league playoffs getting underway on April 18. Schedules for each round of the postseason will be unveiled at a later date.
Now that we know when the Finals will begin, the next question is who will be playing in them. The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks are the current top seeds in each conference, but there are multiple contenders behind them.
The Clippers look like the Lakers' chief competition out West, with the Denver Nuggets also lurking. In the East, you can't count out the defending champion Toronto Raptors or the Boston Celtics.
One thing is for sure: the Golden State Warriors won't be a factor this year. Sidetracked by injuries, they are going to miss the playoffs for the first time in eight years.