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NBA Finals 2012: Predictions Based on Past "Big Three" Rivalries

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NBA Finals 2012: Predictions Based on Past
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat mirror each other in substance and style.  Both teams have the "Big Three" essentials: an unstoppable scorer (Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James), an elite combination guard (Russell Westbrook vs. Dwyane Wade) and an All-Star X-factor (Chris Bosh vs. James Harden). 

Each squad has solid overall construction. They are well equipped with three-point specialists and defensive stoppers.

While both the Thunder and Heat could use more help in the rebounding department, they make up for this issue through superb team defense and transition offense.

In the 1980s, competing NBA finalists with similar "Big Three" blueprints have clashed.  Here are four of those historic matchups, what determined each outcome and what that determination says about who will win the 2012 NBA Finals.

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