2011 NBA Finals: 10 Factors That Could Determine Who Wins the NBA Championship

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2011 NBA Finals: 10 Factors That Could Determine Who Wins the NBA Championship
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The 2011 NBA Finals matches two pretty even teams on the surface. The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks were strong all season and have raised their game even higher for the postseason.

They've both received contributions in unexpected places to help them achieve upsets and advance to where every team dreams of going.

Now they're both here, but what is there to distinguish them from each other? Is one team better than the other that we can clearly see? I'm not sure there is, and I'm expecting a series that goes the distance.

We do know, however, that there are keys for each team that might be harbingers for success. If each team continues to do what it has done well in these playoffs, then good things will happen.

(For a position by position breakdown of the 2011 NBA Finals, click here).

Here are 10 factors that could go a long way in determining who reaches NBA immortality in 2011.

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