NBA Finals 2013: Breaking Down Every Key Matchup

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NBA Finals 2013: Breaking Down Every Key Matchup
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Here. We. Go.

After more than a month of uncertainty, mangled brackets and fierce competition, only the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs remain. 

Although the NBA Finals is never short on storylines, this particular matchup is awash with hype. 

San Antonio is looking to win its fifth title since Tim Duncan entered the league (fourth of the Big Three era) and extend the existence of its dynasty.

Miami is still on the outskirts, looking in at such status. One title wasn't enough—they want more; they want a chance to create their own dynasty. And their road to attainment now leads through the Spurs.

Can the Heat put an end to the Spurs' string of perfection in the finals (4-0 since 1999), or will it be Miami that gets hit with a reality check?

Successful postseason exploits can be traced back to matchups. What transpires in these NBA Finals will be no exception.

 

*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, NBA.com and 82games.com unless otherwise attributed.

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