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X-Factors: Who Steps Up?
We’re thinking the X-factors in this series are Manu Ginobili for the Spurs and Reggie Jackson with the Thunder. Both have similar scoring averages — Ginobili’s 12 points per game to Jackson’s 13 — and will be counted on to provide a spark for their respective teams. We see both contributing and coming up with big shots at different points of this series, but we give the slightest edge to Jackson, 24, and his younger legs over the grizzled vet Ginobili, 36. (Photos: USA Today Sports/Reuters)