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2014 NBA Finals: 5 Things San Antonio Spurs Must Do To Beat Miami Heat

5 Things San Antonio Spurs Must Do to Beat The Miami Heat

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Last season, the Spurs were seconds away from defeating Miami for their fifth NBA Championship. Yet, San Antonio squandered a late lead in Game 6 and missed numerous opportunities late in Game 7 as Miami took home the title. Now in the rematch of that epic finals showdown, here are five things the Spurs have to do to beat LeBron James and the Heat.

5. Get Tony Parker as Healthy as Possible

Tony Parker
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5. Get Tony Parker as Healthy as Possible

Tony Parker
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If the Spurs are going to beat the Heat, they will need a healthy Parker in order to do so. Not only do the Spurs rely on him for scoring, but he is key in limiting turnovers, which will be a huge key in this series. The Heat are as good as any team in the NBA defensively and if Parker is unable to consistently run the show, turnovers will become an even bigger factor in deciding the outcome.

4. Win the Battle of the Boards

Tim Duncan
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4. Win the Battle of the Boards

Tim Duncan
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A big key to beating the Heat has always been to beat them on the glass. The Spurs are a very good rebounding team and will need to do their best to keep the Heat from getting second-chance points due to offensive rebounds. If San Antonio can win the rebounding battle, it will go a long way toward winning the series.

3. Manu Ginobili Must Find Consistency

Manu Ginobili
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3. Manu Ginobili Must Find Consistency

Manu Ginobili
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Last year against the Heat, Ginobili averaged nearly 15 points a game in three San Antonio wins and just over nine points per game in four losses. At 36 years of age, Ginobili is not the player he once was, but he showed he is still capable of greatness in Game 6 against the Thunder when he buried a clutch three late in the game. If Ginobili can turn back the clock and give the Spurs four or five good games, San Antonio will beat the Heat.

2. Contain LeBron James

LeBron James
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2. Contain LeBron James

LeBron James
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Containing the world's best player is easier said than done, but the Spurs have done it before and can do it again. During the 2013 Finals, James shot just 37 percent in the three Heat losses, compared to 48 percent in the Heat's four wins. Kawhi Leonard is a very good defender and can match up as well as anyone with James, but it will take a team effort to keep the King in check.

1. Tim Duncan Must Be Great

Tim Duncan
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1. Tim Duncan Must Be Great

Tim Duncan
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Duncan reminded us in Game 6 vs. Oklahoma City why he is the greatest power forward of all time, scoring seven straight points in overtime to lead San Antonio back to the Finals. Last year against the Heat, he averaged 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. The 38-year old legend will need a similar performance in this Finals rematch if he is to going to claim his fifth NBA championship.