Spurs vs. Heat: Biggest X-Factors That Are Swinging the 2013 NBA Finals

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Spurs vs. Heat: Biggest X-Factors That Are Swinging the 2013 NBA Finals
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Boris Diaw and Danny Green have been huge for the San Antonio Spurs in this series.

Every NBA Finals, several players or factors that fans did expect to play pivotal roles take center stage.

Last year, it was the Miami Heat's Mike Miller burying the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deciding Game 5. The year before, it was Dallas Mavericks' guard J.J. Barea putting daggers through the hearts LeBron James and company in a closeout Game 6.

Unlikely heroes are almost guaranteed to rise, as are unusual circumstances that can help dictate the outcome.

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