The stage has been set and the NBA Finals feature some of the most prominent stars in the game. David Stern's dream series between Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder and the Big Three of the Miami Heat promises to be a very entertaining show.
There were times throughout these playoffs where it did not seem like commissioner Stern was going to get his ideal finals matchup. But, in typical playoff fashion, something always happens in one game or series that creates a ripple effect on the rest of the playoffs.
One of the biggest contributing factors to going deep into the playoffs is momentum. Teams can ride momentum past opponents that are much better than them. We see it all the time in every sports playoffs. Something happens that sparks a team's hot streak, and they show flashes of invincibility.
Both teams in the finals have shared momentum with their opponents in these playoffs, with the winners ultimately snatching it back to advance to the next round.
So what was the "something," that sparked a team's hot streak in these NBA playoffs? Here's my list of the five biggest games that led to the superstar showdown.