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Keys to the Spurs series...

Combatting Tony Parker: Miami hasn't defended a point guard with elite rim attacking ability in the playoffs since Russell Westbrook in the 2012 Finals. Miami has a history of battling top point guards in the playoffs. Tony Parker is the best point guard they will have to defend in the Big 3 era, because of his pick-n-roll savvy-ness, isolation attacking, and how he is constantly used on baseline wheel screens. I believe Miami will scatter Chalmers, Cole, and Wade on Parker. Cole did an excellent job on Tony on March 31st, not getting fooled on pick-n-rolls and essentially just sticking him all game. Parker struggled shooting-- only making four shots. Don't be surprised if Cole receives more minutes in this series.


I don't think we'll see LeBron will guard Parker at all in this series because he is always on the move off the screens. James is much more effective playing the free safety, roaming the weak side, or fronting the low post.

Miami will have an easier time executing offensive sets against San Antonio than they did against Indiana and Chicago. Because of the virtue of size and rebounding, both the Bulls and Pacers took away the Heat's small ball lineups and forced Spo to retreat to big lineups that logged very few minutes in the regular season. Shane Battier will be able to hide on Diaw or Bonner which will be easier for his body. David West literally took Battier out of the series.

The LeBron-Cole/Chalmers pick-n-roll set will have play a big part in Miami's offense. It was run frequently during the Pacers series to try getting the point guard to switch on LeBron. Might as well put two points on the board if that happens.

After taking games 1-6 off against Indiana, the supporting members of the Big 3 played pretty good game 7's. Whether they keep playing inspired is to be determined. They won't be able to get away with below average games against San Antonio and pull it out of their ass in game 7. High energy is needed from these two.

I'm taking the Heat in 6..

You can check out my full preview here.. http://www.jalenontheleague.com/2013/06/2013-nba-finals-preview-heat-vs-spurs.html

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