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5 Bold Predictions for the 2014 NBA Finals

5 Bold Predictions About the NBA Finals

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The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are set the square off in the NBA Finals for a rematch. Here are 5 bold predictions for the finals matchup.

5. Dwyane Wade will Morph into Flash

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5. Dwyane Wade will Morph into Flash

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The past few seasons Wade has been nursing knee injuries, and he has received his fair share of criticism. At times this season it appeared that Wade has been on vacation in the Bahamas, but in the playoffs he has delivered. Wade has a favorable matchup against Danny Green, and he could morph back into Flash for this series alone.

4. Danny Green Will be a Non-Factor

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4. Danny Green Will be a Non-Factor

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Danny Green set the NBA Finals record last season for three-pointers made, but he vanished when the Spurs needed him the most. Green will have to exert more energy this year as Dwyane Wade is playing better ball coming into the series compared to last season. Green will hit a few shots here and there, but don't expect him to catch fire again.

3. Chris Bosh's Defense Will Limit Tim Duncan

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3. Chris Bosh's Defense Will Limit Tim Duncan

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Chris Bosh gets zero respect when it comes to his defensive prowess. Bosh is arguably one of the best pick and roll defenders in the NBA, and he is a good shot blocker and rebounder when engaged on that side of the ball. Last year Tim Duncan had his way with Bosh and morphed into the Tim Duncan of his MVP years. I think Duncan will still have a productive series, but the defensive play of Bosh will limit Duncan in many ways.

2. Gregg Popovich Will Not Dare LeBron James To Shoot

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2. Gregg Popovich Will Not Dare LeBron James To Shoot

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Gregg Popovich dared LeBron James to shoot in all seven games of the finals last season. James has worked on his shooting a lot since entering the NBA, but he is no Ray Allen. James shoots a great percentage from the field, and that is a testament to his hard work and better selection of shots. I honestly feel that Pop will try to get the ball out of James' hands rather than allowing him to shoot open shots at will.

1. The NBA Finals Will Not Go 7 Games

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1. The NBA Finals Will Not Go 7 Games

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Even though these are the two best teams in the NBA, I feel that the NBA Finals will be won in less than seven games this year. The change in format from 2-3-2 back to 2-2-1-1-1 will level the playing field for both teams. I feel that with the old finals games format it benefited the road team due to the three straight home games from Games 3-5. Now that the old format is out of the window expect the finals to be done sooner.

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