Ranking the Juiciest Storylines of 2013 NBA Finals

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Ranking the Juiciest Storylines of 2013 NBA Finals
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

The 2013 NBA Finals is one of the rare championship series where both broadcasters and hoops heads should be ecstatic about the matchup.

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs separated themselves from all conference foes with dominant regular-season efforts and postseason success. Both teams deserve to be in this position, and neither will let this championship chance slip away without a fight.

But the intrigue of this matchup extends beyond the limits of the 2012-13 season.

It's the homegrown veterans squaring off with the manufactured superteam, the younger-than-you'd-think Spurs waging war with the more-experienced-than-you'd-think Heat. It tests the merits of a team sitting on a decade-plus of excellence and another championship-or-bust group seeking an endless supply of instant gratification.

The legacies of both clubs and the stars that brought them to this position are on the line, along with the most coveted reward in the basketball world: the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

There's an absurd amount of compelling storylines making this can't-miss TV: on-court strategy, health, rust vs. rest, two coaching icons, Hall of Fame players and historical significance at each and every turn.

But five juicy storylines rise above the rest; five storylines that can determine not only the outcome of this series, but also the fates of these two franchises for years to come.

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