NBA Finals 2012: How This Finals Matchup Ranks with Every Other Since 2000

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NBA Finals 2012: How This Finals Matchup Ranks with Every Other Since 2000
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When stars collide. This Finals features the NBA's two best players.

Hope you're enjoying the NBA Finals.

This is a fairly compelling matchup. 

Two teams—one seeking its first title since relocating, and the other seeking its first title since a highly publicized free-agent spending blitz brought three of the league's best players together. 

There's a three-time scoring champ with a reputation for making the big shots on one team, and on the other a three-time MVP who is constantly being barraged by questions about his ability to play at his best when it counts the most.

Every NBA Finals is fairly compelling. After all, the playoffs are long, and the path to the finals is exceedingly difficult. In order to get there, a team has to be pretty good. 

Even within the sphere of the finals, there are better and worse matchups. Sometimes a team that is lower-seeded sneaks in or sometimes great players become injured. 

Where does the current matchup rank among the NBA Finals held this century?

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