Throughout the playoffs, these series previews have emphasized the importance of matchups and head-to-head results. When it comes to the NBA Finals, the regular season no longer holds such predictive power. Miami faced the San Antonio Spurs twice during the regular season, and both times key starters were missing from the lineups. After Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich famously sent Tim Duncan, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker home before San Antonio's visit to Miami, the Heat sat out LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for the return game.
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