The biggest story of the finals is going to be on the star players, but in the end it may come down to which bench can perform better.
The Thunder have an automatic advantage with James Harden being the Sixth Man of the Year, but he plays starters minutes and is often relied on as a starting player.
Other players such as Nick Collison, Thabo Sefolosha, Derrick Fisher and Daequan Cook need to step up for Oklahoma City. Collison represents another excellent defender the Thunder can throw at Bosh, while Fisher and Cook are streaky three-point specialists.
On the Miami side, their bench has been going through a bit of a slump lately. Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Norris Cole need to step up and hit big shots if the Heat hope to win this series.
Battier has shown his age throughout the playoffs, but is still trusted enough to play big minutes guarding Durant. If he can pull back the clock and get back to his gritty defense, he could give the Heat a huge advantage in this series.
Each team needs both scoring and defense from its respective benches, and whoever gets more should come out on top.