Bauman: Miami’s decisive 33-5 run sparked by defense, LeBron James and 3-point shooting

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MIAMIRay_Allen_Headshot – On Friday evening in South Beach, from about 8:00 to 10:00 PM, clouds covered the sky and rain flooded the streets.

It was the typical tropical weather that Floridians are accustomed to; quick and power-packed storms that come and go with a minute’s notice.

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Video: Which Role Players Will Play the Biggest Roles?

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Shane Battier was benched in Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers. Will he re-emerge as a key component for the Miami Heat, or will his minutes be handed over to Norris Cole — perhaps the only guard on the Miami roster who has the speed to defend Tony Parker end-to-end?

And for the San Antonio Spurs, there has been a lot of talk about championship experience. But when you look a little deeper, that argument doesn’t hold water.

Bauman: LBJ and TP: Two Unstoppable Forces, Who will be Immovable Object?

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LeBronJamesMiamiHeat2010MIAMI — There are two players in the NBA Finals who have been nearly impossible to stop during the 2012-13 postseason, LeBron James, and Tony Parker.

In 16 games, James is shooting 51.4% from the field, averaging 26.2 points, 6.2 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 41 minutes per game for the Miami Heat.

And truthfully, the numbers don’t even do him justice because of the way he impacts the game at both ends of the court…

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NBA Finals Betting Preview: Evolution Of The Number 3

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gregg popovich220px-Erik_SpoelstraIt is almost as if Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra knew this was coming all along and have been preparing for this two-week journey against each other for many, many months. Before we dive into our betting preview for the NBA Finals, it is important to learn how we got to this point.

Hamilton: NBA Finals Preview: Five Key Factors For Spurs vs. Heat

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250px-MiamimetroareaMIAMI — Over Biscayne Bay, the skies are gray. And on Miami Beach, sunbathers are sparse. But still, in humid South Florida, the heat is on.

And inside of the American Airlines Arena, the Miami Heat are on.

The clock, that is.

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