2014 NBA Finals: 5 Things San Antonio Spurs Must Prevent In Game 5

5 Things San Antonio Spurs Must Prevent In Game 5 of 2014 NBA Finals

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It may all come down to this, Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals in the Alamo City. The San Antonio Spurs have a chance to exact revenge, claim their fifth title, and dethrone the Miami Heat in one more collective effort. The future is bright as long as they can prevent these five things from happening. Let's take a look.

5. Mario Chalmers Finding Confidence

Mario Chalmers
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5. Mario Chalmers Finding Confidence

Mario Chalmers
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The disappearance of Mario Chalmers in this series has definitely been a mystery. In 100 minutes played in four total games, his scoring total sits at 14 points. With the ability to make clutch plays to put the Heat over the hump, the Spurs cannot let Chalmers get going in Game 5.

4. Ray Allen Becoming A Factor

Ray Allen
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4. Ray Allen Becoming A Factor

Ray Allen
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The NBA's all-time leader in three-point makes has been eerily quiet against the Spurs. Maybe it has been their defensive pressure or the lackluster offense of the Heat. Either way, eyes must be on this man at all times. The Spurs know all too well what this man is capable of, and they don't want history to repeat itself.

3. Unforced Turnovers

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3. Unforced Turnovers

Tony Parker
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Despite their Game 1 victory, the Spurs uncharacteristically turned the ball over 23 times. Since then, San Antonio has lowered that total even though it's been more than 10 in every game of the series. The Spurs' offense has looked flawless in the last two games, and if they can cut down on turnover caused by miscommunication or a mental lapse, the game is theirs for the taking.

2. Slow Down Tempo

Kawhi Leonard
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2. Slow Down Tempo

Kawhi Leonard
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It is obvious that Gregg Popovich has implemented a new strategy to his offense that has the Miami Heat gasping for air. Attack early and often seemed to be the theme in Game 3 and Game 4, but any slowing down for the Spurs could result in a Miami resurgence.

1. LeBron James Scoring More Than 30 Points

LeBron James
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1. LeBron James Scoring More Than 30 Points

LeBron James
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The matchup of the night and series will be -- and has been -- Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James. If James can get Leonard into foul trouble early, his offense will take off and directly take down Leonard's effectiveness. Leonard has to stay on the floor to prevent an imminent take over by the "King" himself. With his back against the wall, James is likely to come out swinging. The Spurs must stifle any Miami uprising.

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