NBA Finals: 5 Major X-Factors for the Rest of the Heat-Spurs Series

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NBA Finals: 5 Major X-Factors for the Rest of the Heat-Spurs Series
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After two games in Miami, the 2013 NBA Finals is still very much up for grabs. 

Game 1 will be remembered for Tony Parker's incredible double-clutch shot that dropped in as the shot clock expired. Game 2 will forever live on through the replays of LeBron James' emphatic block of Tiago Splitter that put an exclamation mark on their dominant second-half performance. 

History shows that Game 3 of a tied series in a 2-3-2 format is the turning point as 12 out of 13 teams that won Game 3 went on to win the series since the format started in 1985. Needless to say, the next game is huge. 

It would be hard to give either team an advantage at this point as the Miami Heat took back all the momentum with their blowout victory Sunday night, but the San Antonio Spurs stole home-court advantage in what is now a best-of-five series. 

This series looks like it could go deep and at a minimum come back to AmericanAirlines Arena for a Game 6. The Spurs are too disciplined and battle-tested to lose three games in a row at home and the Heat are just too talented to fall three consecutive times. 

Here are five of the major X-factors that are going to play important factors in determining who will hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy a few weeks from now. 

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