By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on June 1, 2014
After a devastating loss in the NBA Finals last season, the San Antonio Spurs are back and seeking vengence against the Miami Heat. The Spurs were the best team in the NBA all season and might have the upper hand against LeBron James and company. Let's rank the Spurs' starting five in this series.
Bonner has a nice stroke from deep, but he is by far the least-talented player in the Spurs' starting lineup. Hopefully he will be able to be effective and stretch the floor against the Heat.
Green has the ability to be a game-changer with his deadly three-point shooting, but at times he is inconsistent and disappears in key spots. Against Miami, he has to be a factor each and every game.
If Parker isn't healthy in the NBA Finals, the Spurs will not beat the Heat. The veteran point guard does not have to beat the Heat with his scoring. His play-making and his offense creation for Tim Duncan have to be nearly flawless. The Heat struggle with point guards who control the tempo.
Leonard is one of the most important players for San Antonio. He's the one who will be given the job to slow down LeBron. It's a tough task, but Leonard is the only one with the ability to contain him. Leonard's offense is coming together and will be much needed in this series. He has to be a force on both sides of the ball.
If anyone is going to give the Heat problems, it is going to be Tim Duncan. No one on the Heat roster can contain Duncan in the post. Chris Andersen is the closest, but he can only be effective for stretches. The offense will be run through Duncan, and he wants a fifth ring badly.
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