2013 NBA Finals Preview: Five Heat vs. Spurs Matchups to Watch

We have reached the season three finale of Miami Heat Against the World, the greatest show in television history. Just when you think the show has peaked and might get canceled, it gets renewed for another four episodes.

In its third consecutive finals appearance, the Heat now takes on the San Antonio Spurs, an extremely experienced and worthy foe. So much mystery remains as to what fans might witness this upcoming week and a half, because the two teams, although having met twice this season and resulting in two Heat victories, have really yet to face each other. In the two games, neither team came to the table full-strength, so it's impossible to know exactly how they'll match up against one another. Red Mamba shooting threes over Rashard Lewis' outstretched hand doesn't exactly tip us off as to which way to lean in this series. So let's take a matchup-by-matchup look.

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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