7 Factors That Will Determine 2014 NBA Finals Winner

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7 Factors That Will Determine 2014 NBA Finals Winner
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The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs weren't built the same way, aren't coached the same way and don't play the same way.

The means couldn't be any different, but the ends for these two clubs are strikingly similar.

Both are generational powers, remarkably consistent and overwhelmingly dominant. The Heat are just the fourth team in league history to punch four straight NBA Finals tickets. The Spurs are riding a mind-numbing 15-year streak of 50-plus wins.

When these teams tussle, this is the basketball world's version of a heavyweight prizefight. Both pack devastating knockout power, but also the iron chin needed to withstand such punishment.

The Heat and Spurs have squared off 11 times since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, including their seven-game slugfest in the last championship round. That hasn't been enough to put a single degree of separation between the two. San Antonio has outscored Miami over those 11 contests by a whopping 10 points (1,082 to 1,072).

This promises to be coin-flip close, a series certain to be decided by the details. So, which will be the most important ones in determining this outcome?

From the stars down to the supporting casts, these are the factors sure to leave the biggest imprints on the 2014 NBA Finals.

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