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June 4, 2014 7:04 PM

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs: Who has the edge?

Last year the build-up for The Finals was about Dwyane Wade’s knee. This time around Tony Parker’s ankle is receiving the attention. Parker missed the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, but plans to play in Game 1 against the Heat. He sprained his ankle in the first round of the playoffs, and then reinjured it in Game 4 against the Thunder. That doesn’t bode well for the Spurs, but if any team can compensate, then it’s San Antonio. Still, the Heat get the edge here with Wade a world away from the injured player who soldiered through the 2013 Finals. Wade’s so-called “maintenance program” during the regular season worked wonders. With pain-free knees, Wade averaged 19.8 points per game against the Pacers in the most recent Eastern Conference finals while shooting 54 percent from the field. In the 2013 conference finals, Wade averaged 15.4 points per game and shot a meager 43.6 percent from the field. Limiting Spurs shooting guard Danny Green will be a focus for the Heat. Green set a record for three-pointers in an NBA Finals with 27 in 2013 despite being limited to just two in the final two games of the series. Green is in top form again. He shot 54 percent from three-point range in the Western Conference finals. Against the Pacers, the Heat was outscored by 18 points with Mario Chalmers in the game. The Heat’s starting point guard is averaging 7.1 points per game in the playoffs. EDGE: HEAT

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