Heat vs. Spurs: NBA Finals preview

Miami Heat forward LeBron James shoots the ball during practice before Game 1 of the 2014 NBA...

Miami Heat forward LeBron James shoots the ball during practice before Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonia Spurs. (USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

San Antonio has waited a long, agonizing year for this opportunity, while Miami continues to try to live up to the sky-high expectations that have been a fact of life ever since the Big Three was formed.

Here is how these two excellent clubs match up and how we see this series unfolding:

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Tony Parker has been battling a hamstring injury since the Spurs faced the Mavericks and that could negate one of the Spurs’ biggest advantages. Still, Parker says he is fine and has always given the Heat fits (remember his crazy shot to win Game 1 a year ago?). Manu Ginobili is playing like himself again (he could have won sixth man of the year), not the fading version of years past and Danny Green is always capable of lighting it up from outside and has improved his game overall.

On the flip side, Dwyane Wade is considerably healthier than he was a year ago and should be a huge factor, after being a considerable liability last time around (Miami was


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