The International Blogtable: A Finals Full of Intrigue

Every week, the International Blogtable brings together some of the best basketball minds from around the world, posing a burning question to writers and editors from the NBA's fleet of international web destinations. It's a BIG world, after all.
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What intrigues you about these Finals? What will you be watching?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

The Tony Parker Factor. The man is at the heart of the Spursí pick-and-roll offense and gives them countless options to score when he is at his best (and he has been). Miamiís traps worked well on Nate Robinson and George Hill, but Parker and San Antonio are a whole different ballgame in this department. Spoelstra will have to dig deep to rotate effectively against the San Antonioís superstar while Pop will have to anticipate Miamiís moves on Parker. This cat-and-mouse situation -- only a piece of a puzzle called the 2013 NBA Finals -- promises to be spectacular to watch.
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

No doubt, I will be keen to see if James can eventually avenge the humiliation a half-dozen year ago. These Finals will be a defining moment in his career and a great opportunity for him to build his legacy (and the Heat dynasty). A defeat will smash any dream to outshine Michael Jordan, and may even make him a target of fans' vitriol again. If he can defend the title and exact some revenge, James will reach the pinnacle of his career. This will also be a boost to his place in history. A duel which particularly intrigues me would be the one between Manu Ginobili and Dwyane Wade. Who will shine in the Finals?
Philipp Dornhegge

The Spursí defense of LeBron James and his reaction. In 2007 the Spurs destroyed the Cavs and easily controlled LeBron. He says heís 50 times better now, and Iím curious to see how heíll approach these Finals. Will he dominate the scoring, will he facilitate for others? And what about the Spurs: Do they let Kawhi Leonard try and contain him one-on-one? Will they zone in on him and dare everybody else to beat them? That aspect might decide these Finals.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

Quick flash-back: the last time the Spurs reached the NBA Finals was back in 2007. They won their fourth ring by sweeping their opponents. Now, their core is six years older and they seem to have a rare opportunity: to be able to write themselves a Holywood-type ending. In their last championship run they faced a very talented 22-year-old, do-it-all player, who over the past six seasons has had the chance to grow by six years, one ring and 4 MVP titles. LeBron James is playing the best basketball of his career and it will be amazing to compare him with his young self against the (more or less) same team. What am I saying? It is amazing just to watch him evolve from last season (no need to say anything about the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks). It's like an action movie where the kid gets back to take revenge. The series will be wrapped around LeBron, but that is no news.
Karan Madhok
Blogger, NBA India

LeBron vs. the Spurs, the Sequel. The Spurs swept a 22-year-old LeBron James and the Cavaliers in his first trip to the Finals back in 2007, which was also coincidentally the Spursí last trip there. Since then, LeBron has become MVP four times, been to the Finals twice, and become a champion. The Spurs have spent the previous five years coming up short in the Playoffs despite great regular season performances. And in 2013, they are face-to-face yet again. It will be a team attempting a return to the top after six barren years and a player attempting revenge over the team that first stopped him.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

I will focus in on two aspects: first of all, how Miami will handle the Spurs' rebound advantage after they struggled so much against the Pacers. Splitter and Duncan are like Hibbert and West, plus the Spurs have a top-5 PG, great perimeter shooters and solid backups. They can really hurt Miami. Second, I'll watch how Kawhi Leonard will defend LeBron. Leonard is a potential star and this duel for him could be a breakout -- or a sign that he's not quite ready yet.
SelÁuk Aytekin
Editor, NBA Turkiye

I feel like Manu Ginobili will be star of the Finals, so I'll keep my eyes squarely on him. I'm curious about Popovichís defense strategy, in terms of how he'll try to stop LeBron (and with whom). But mostly I will be watching Manu GinobiliÖ