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  • Spurs Warriors Basketball
    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich instructs his team against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013.
    Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP
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    POINT GUARD

    Mario Chalmers vs. Tony Parker

    The MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals, Parker rolls into the championship round after scoring 37 points in Game 4 of the West finals. Quick point guards have long given Miami trouble, and Parker figures to do the same now. Besides Chalmers, the Heat may give plenty of time at the point to Norris Cole, who has made 15-of-26 3-pointers in the postseason.

    Edge: Spurs.
  • Spurs Warriors Basketball
    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, dribbles next to Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, center, and Harrison Barnes (40) during the first half of Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013.
    Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP
  • Pacers Heat Basketball
    SHOOTING GUARD

    Dwyane Wade vs. Danny Green

    Wade is normally better than just about any shooting guard in the league, but he's not normal right now. Knee pain has limited his explosiveness and he's averaging just 14.1 points in the playoffs. But the former NBA Finals MVP will probably find a way, just as he did in scoring 21 points, his high for this postseason, in the Game 7 clincher against Indiana. Green is hitting 43 percent of his 3-pointers in the playoffs, and the Heat will have to make sure he's rarely left open.

    Edge: Heat.
    Lynne Sladky | AP
  • Spurs Warriors Basketball
    Golden State Warriors' Jarrett Jack, bottom, battles for the loose ball against San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green, top, during the second half of Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013. Golden State won 97-87 in overtime.
    Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP
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    SMALL FORWARD

    LeBron James vs. Kawhi Leonard

    James cemented himself as the game's best player when he was the MVP of last year's NBA Finals, and the gap probably grew when he added a fourth regular-season award this year. He stepped up his game when Dwyane Wade and Bosh struggled in the last round, and will be further motivated after the Spurs swept him when his Cleveland Cavaliers reached the 2007 NBA Finals. Leonard is a versatile young player who finds many ways to influence a game, from his 56.5 percent shooting to 8.0 rebounds per game in the postseason. But hoping he, or anyone, can contain James the way the Spurs did six years ago is way too much to ask.

    Edge: Heat.
  • Spurs Warriors Basketball
    San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan gestures toward an official during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Warriors won 97-87 in overtime. Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
    Jeff Chiu | AP
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    Manu Ginobili stretches for a loose ball while having his arm hooked by the Warriors' Jarrett Jack.
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    San Antonio center Boris Diaw blocks Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the second half of a recent playoff game. Curry scored 22 points.
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    The Kings' Isaiah Thomas loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket between the Spurs' Cory Joseph, left, and Danny Green.
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    San Antonio's DeJuan Blair and New York's Tyson Chandler chase a loose ball as the Knicks' Jason Kidd, left, watches.
    Darren Abate | Associated Press
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