NBA Finals 2011: 5 Biggest Possible X-Factors in the Heat-Mavericks Series

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NBA Finals 2011: 5 Biggest Possible X-Factors in the Heat-Mavericks Series
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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki. That's a lot of firepower for one series, whether you include Bosh or not. Say what you want about the Heat's third wheel's production this season, but he's been playing more like a boss and less like a Bosh as this postseason has played out.

We know what we're going to get from LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Dirk: 40 percent of what's going to be on the court most of the time. For the Mavericks to have a chance in this series, they'll need to win the battle of the other 60 percent, because while Nowitzki can carry a team over a superstar guard and a forward everyone thinks is a superstar (the Lakers), a superstar forward and a guard who thinks he's a superstar (the Thunder), he won't be able to do it against two superstars and Bosh.

Here are five X-factors for the 2011 NBA Finals. Or, more aptly, five matchups the Mavericks will need to win to have a chance at the title.

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