NBA Finals 2013: Who Is Most Likely To Win MVP?

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Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) grabs a loose ball against San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during overtime of game six in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 103-100 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NBA Finals will be decided in the only appropriate way – a game 7. It will all culminate on Thursday, when the Miami Heat will try to retain their NBA championship and win back-to-back trophies, while the San Antonio Spurs will attempt to atone for their game 6 collapse.

This series has been extremely entertaining and very hard to call. Both teams have essentially taken turns blowing each other out, but there have also been some really close games such as game 1 and 6.

A lot of guys have stepped up in the spotlight, while others continue to shrink. Whoever wins the title, will not only receive the Larry O’Brien trophy and a personal ring, but one extraordinary contributor will land another coveted trophy. The NBA Finals MVP — by some considered to be more important than the regular season MVP, as it’s a testament of a player stepping up on the biggest stage of basketball — will be up for grabs.

Several players have made cases for themselves in these Finals, but who has the most convincing case? Obviously, with one game left, things can change for better or worse for each and every one of these candidates, but at this point, six games is more than enough of a sample size to break down each player’s Finals MVP case.

So, who deserves the ultimate pat on the shoulder and thumbs up for their individual performance? Let’s take a look.

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