1) How will Popovich utilize Parker in this series?
Parker has been the primary source of offense in the Spurs' playoff run so far, but it has not been easy on him. He has played against several extremely talented point guards, and it seems as though it is starting to take a toll on his body. The most recent series against Oklahoma City resulted in an ankle injury for Parker, leaving us all to wonder how much of a factor he will be in Game One and beyond. Will we see the same aggressive Parker that we have seen during their playoff run and in last year's finals? Or will he be more of a facilitator, and not try to force anything against the defensively talented Mario Chalmers?
2) Who will win in a three point shoot-out?
Both teams possess some of the most talented three point shooters in the league, and this could be an interesting matchup. It will be particularly interesting to watch how much playing time Marco Belinelli and Ray Allen get coming off of the bench. Both teams boast two of the top 15 players in the playoffs in terms of three-pointers made. With the explosion of three pointers from Danny Green in the finals last year, this is a key aspect of this series that cannot be undervalued.
3) What will change in the Spurs' game plan?
Last year's game plan resulted in a disappointing Game Seven loss to the Heat, but will the Spurs change anything about their approach? Lebron found his shooting stroke in the final couple games of the finals last year, which proved to be the difference in the series. This year, will Kawhi Leonard, who is most likely to defend Lebron, provide him with the same cushion that killed them last year?
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