Best Storylines to Follow in NBA Conference Finals

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  • Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • Pacers, LeBron James, Paul George, Lance Stephenson, David West
  • Lance Stephenson, Pacers Heat
  • Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Thunder Spurs, Tony Parker, Caron Butler, Reggie Jackson
  • Spurs Thunder, Durant, Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich
  • Manu Ginobili, Reggie Jackson, Spurs Thunder, NBA playoffs
  • Tim Duncan, Ginobili, Parker, Spurs Thunder
  • Paul George, Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA playoffs
  • Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, NBA playoffs, Washington Wizards
  • Paul George, Indiana Pacers

X-Factor: Lance Stephenson’s Consistency

Just like last year, Lance Stephenson seems to be the barometer for success for the Pacers. When he’s on, the Pacers win. When he’s off, the Pacers take those Ls. Same was true during last year’s Conference Finals, in which Stephenson averaged just 8.9 points per game. This year’s different, though, as Stephenson enters the series averaging career highs in points (13.8), rebounds (7.2) and assists (4.6) per game. Stephenson’s ability to contribute more on all levels — with consistency — will be key for Indiana. (Photo: Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

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