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Tale Of The Tape: San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

Here they are…again. The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are back in the NBA Finals. These two powerhouse teams will face off to see who will walk away as the NBA Champion. In 2013 it was the LeBron James led Heat that walked away with the title. But who will win this year?

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers during the Eastern Conference Finals Game Six

San Antonio Spurs

Miami Heat

The Spurs have not really changed. Their best players have gotten older without ever getting old, and the supporting cast that has filled in the spaces not covered by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker over the years is now so sprawling as to be indistinct. Experience LeBron James isn't quite 30 years old and while he and Chris Bosh are both in their respective primes, Wade at 32 years is still on the young side when it comes to their teammates. It's exactly this reason why this team thrives in high pressure situations.
The Spurs have never lost Game 1 of an NBA Finals. They've won each of five Game 1's in the title round, doing so by an average of 10.4 points per game. Is Winning Game 1 Crucial? LeBron has never been part of a Game 1 road victory, in any round. James has been on teams that opened playoff series on the road seven times. They're 0-7, losing by an average of 12.3 points.
The Spurs aren't doing anything officially basketball-related until Tuesday. They beat Oklahoma City on Saturday night, and had no practices scheduled on either Sunday or Monday. Down Time Before The Game Begins Miami ousted Indiana on Friday night, then took Saturday and Sunday off to refresh and recharge.
With Parker's ankle taking him out of the last game of the Western Conference Finals - many fear that his nagging injury could flare up in the Finals. How Healthy Are They? Wade's persistent knee injuries has hampered him for the last couple of years. But there's a difference between getting hurt and being too old to play the game. At the moment, Wade is neither.
The Spurs premier players still have household-name recognition. They are no longer a team that rel on the 'star power'. They are just as likely to depend on someone such as Boris Diaw. There could also be plenty of opportunities for some of San Antonio's lesser-known names, from Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard to Patty Mills to shine. Team Depth Miami is getting timely contributions from a deep roster featuring Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. And, of course, there's LeBron James. The Heat have a better outlook on winning their third consecutive championship than they did a six weeks ago.
It's Texas - Duh? Texas vs Florida Florida - Why?
The Spurs have been tested, first by the veteran Dallas Mavericks, then by the extremely talented Oklahoma City Thunder Battle To Get To The Finals The Heat waltzed through the Eastern Conference with relative ease.
Spurs 105.4 Points Per Game Heat 102.2

The winner is

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six
San Antonio Spurs
5 out of 8

Prediction: Spurs in Seven

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