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2014 NBA Finals preview: Miami Heat take on San Antonio Spurs

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In a repeat of the 2013 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat face up to the San Antonio Spurs for the chance to become NBA Champions in 2014.

If the two franchise's can get anywhere close to the drama of 2013 then we will have a very special series in store.

Who can forget Ray Allen's three-pointer with 5.2 seconds on the clock to level the scores and force Game 6 into overtime, where the Heat would go on to win 103-100 to tie the series at 3-3.

This came with Miami 3-2 down in a series that they were huge favourites to win, and with them five points down with just under half a minute to go. They would go on to win Game 7 and be crowned the 2013 NBA champions.

This year though, things could be different. The Spurs will have home court advantage due to their regular season record of 62-20 being better than Miami's 54-28. This year they are not such underdogs.

With Tony Parker set to return from the ankle injury which kept him out of the second half of their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and with Tim Duncan by his side the Spurs might be about to take revenge.

Whether that happens or not will largely be down to MVP of the last two finals LeBron James, who will be hoping to add a third straight prize to his already laden trophy cabinet.

Despite posting his lowest ever score in a playoff game during the OKC series, LeBron represents a significant challenge for the San Antonio defence, and with an average of 27.1 points-per-game, he will take some stopping.

Add to that the assistance James will get from Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, both players who have been there and done it in previous finals, along with the hero of 2013, Allen, the Heat are still favourites with many.

Another thing to consider is the freshness of the teams, Miami have played three less games in the post season than San Antonio and have had more time to rest as a result.

It has seen the Heat able to recover and stay clear of injuries, something that coach Gregg Popovich would have liked to see in the instance of Parker. Will his injury be the Spurs' downfall this time around? That being said, San Antonio have not had a player average over 30 minutes on court during the regular season.

The Spurs already have four championships to their name, but the Heat can become three-in-a-row champions and with the teams being one-a-piece over their two games this season, everything is set to make this another classic.

Who will end up victorious? Tell us your choice in the comment box below.

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