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Biggest Factors Determining San Antonio Spurs-Miami Heat 2013 Finals
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The San Antonio Spurs have adopted an "Anyone but LeBron" strategy throughout the 2013 NBA Finals.

If you're to believe Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, the 2013 NBA Finals will be determined by all the small things.

What does that mean, exactly? Whichever team dives after more loose balls, generates more turnovers and pays more heed to defensive rotations is likely to emerge as NBA champion.

In other words, the Heat and the San Antonio Spurs are two evenly matched teams. Neither team will overwhelm the other based on talent alone, despite what the blowouts in Games 2 and 3 might otherwise suggest.

In a series like the 2013 Finals, game-to-game adjustments take on that much more importance. It's an ongoing battle to find an advantage that's exploitable across the series.

Through three games, a few trends have bubbled to the surface more so than any other. And it all begins with the league's reigning MVP, LeBron James.

 

Note: All statistics are current through Game 3 of the Finals. All advanced statistics come from either Basketball-Reference or NBA.com/stats, unless otherwise noted.   

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