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2014 NBA Finals: Power Ranking the Miami Heat’s Starting Five

Power Ranking the Miami Heat's Starting Five

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat are back to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year looking for their third consecutive title. The San Antonio Spurs are seeking revenge and the Heat must fend them off to keep their dynasty hopes alive. Here are the rankings for Miami's starting five in the NBA Finals.

5. Rashard Lewis

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5. Rashard Lewis

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game 6
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The fifth spot in Miami's lineup is interchangeable between Lewis, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen. Even Ray Allen could be an option. Lewis has been in the starting lineup since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He has done an adequate job stretching the floor and allowing LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to do what they do inside. However, it is difficult to imagine Lewis being much of a factor in this series.

4. Mario Chalmers

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4. Mario Chalmers

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Chalmers had himself a couple of big games against the Spurs in last year's finals. But his talent level is still subpar, and he is the least of the Spurs' problems. Plus, he hasn't done much of anything this postseason. As long as he isn't a liability, he does fine with his role in Miami. He has to get under Parker's skin in this series.

3. Chris Bosh

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3. Chris Bosh

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Bosh saved the series for Heat when he grabbed an offensive board and passed it to Ray Allen in the corner -- the rest is history. However, he struggled offensively in that series. This year, Bosh stepped it up in the last three games in the Eastern Conference Finals. He's on a roll and has gained LeBron's trust. He has to crash the boards and be more defensive-minded against the Spurs.

2. Dwyane Wade

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2. Dwyane Wade

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If Wade is on his game, the Heat are nearly unstoppable. He played terrific last series and hasn't shown signs of injuries. San Antonio has to make life difficult for Wade and not allow him to get a rhythm going on offense. If they allow LeBron and Wade to run on all cylinders, they have no chance.

1. LeBron James

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1. LeBron James

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Of course he's No. 1. LeBron James is the best player in the NBA right now. No one can stop him, but James is matched up against Kawhi Leonard, who has the ability and toughness to challenge LeBron. The Spurs have to contain James somehow. They can't let him go off late in the series like last year.