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.
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.
Manu Ginobili stretches for a loose ball while having his arm hooked by the Warriors' Jarrett Jack.
San Antonio center Boris Diaw blocks Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the second half of a recent playoff game. Curry scored 22 points.
The Kings' Isaiah Thomas loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket between the Spurs' Cory Joseph, left, and Danny Green.