Miami Heat 95, San Antonio Spurs 88: The title that got away and will never be forgotten

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MIAMI — I’m not sure exactly what to write about.

What a postseason. What an NBA Finals. What a Game 7.

But if you’re a Spurs fan, you’ll never forget this series for all the absolute worst reasons. San Antonio had every chance to finish this thing in Miami and it couldn’t. Heartbreakingly, painfully, horribly, it couldn’t. The Heat left the floor with a 95-88 win and their second title in as many years.

In a fashion apropos to the prior events of this series, the last opportunity the Spurs had to stay in the game was lost in the form of a Manu Ginobili turnover. It was his fourth giveaway of the night, all of which came in the final frame. It’s been as difficult a stretch as this Spurs great has ever seen, and after Game 7 he admitted he never got rid of Tuesday’s sting.

“I still have Game 6 in my head,” Manu said. “Today we played an OK game, they just made more shots than us. LeBron got hot. Shane (Battier), too. Those things can happen.”

But then he continued.

“Being so close and feeling that you are about to grab that trophy and then seeing it vanish is very hard. I think that if we would have lost both games like this I would have been a little more up. But it’s a tough feeling.”

Ginobili had 18 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a 6-for-12 shooting performance, but Game 6 and the turnovers are what will last longest in the memory bank. Especially with the uncertainty of his immediate future. In the midst of bitter disappointment, the 35-year-old Manu was asked about one of the biggest upcoming decisions of his life. With all the swirling emotions, could he give a definitive answer about his plans?

“No, it’s not the moment,” he said with tired eyes. “I’m very disappointed, very upset. I really can’t say anything.”

But sometimes it’s not about the mistakes you make. Sometimes it’s about acknowledging what the other team did. The Spurs dared James to shoot jumpers all series long, and for the most part it had been effective. But tonight, James was the best player on the planet again, and there was nothing San Antonio could do about it.

LeBron went for 37 points, including five 3-pointers and a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. And what’s more, he had nine baskets outside the paint. On the biggest stage, under the most intense criticism, he buried jumper after jumper on his way to a second title. If James is hitting shots from the perimeter, even the perfect defense might not be enough.

Still, the Spurs had a chance. Despite all of it, they had a chance. And if we’re drawing attention to Ginobili’s turnovers, it’s only fair to bring up another topic: Tony Parker essentially disappeared from the Finals over the last two games. Whether it was his hamstring, exhaustion or just a Heat defense that was at a different level, the Spurs’ MVP didn’t have anything left in the tank.

He was 3-for-12 from the floor with 10 points and four assists in the season’s finale as his team fell.

“I have no excuse. I’m not going to put it on my hammy and stuff like that,” he said. “I just didn’t play well. My shot was not falling. Couldn’t get in a rhythm tonight.

“It’s tough to come so close. Those last two games are tough.”

The level of disappointment is physically nauseating. The end was there, the ropes were being stretched out and the trophy was being rolled onto the floor. And that was on Tuesday, before it was rolled back into the bowels of American Airlines Arena. But tonight, it stayed on the floor, and James and Co. were there holding it.

I’ve never been big on consolation prizes or moral victories, and the same can certainly be said of this Spurs team. But this season was special. Duncan’s fifth NBA Finals appearance, 14 years after his first. The continued brilliance of Tony Parker, who had the best season of his now 12-year career. The never-ending hard work and grit of Manu Ginobili. The result we all wanted didn’t come, but the process itself was beautiful to watch.

And isn’t that perfect, after all? Gregg Popovich always talks about the process, not the result. He and his players obviously left their hearts and souls on the court, and the pain of walking off after the last game of the NBA season a loser must be immense. But there was no disingenuousness in his words at the podium as the championship music blared in the background.

“I couldn’t love our guys more. What they accomplished this year is something nobody would have ever expected,” Pop said. “And they showed a lot of good play to get where they got. And I couldn’t be more proud of them.

“It was a great series, and we felt that. I don’t know if ‘enjoy’ is the right word, but in all honesty, even in defeat, I’m starting to enjoy what our group accomplished already, when you look back,” he continued. “And you need to do that, to put it in perspective.”

Basketball isn’t a game of perfection, even in its biggest moments. There will always be botched plays, missed shots and untimely turnovers, but it’s all about how you manage the ensuing situations. Danny Green’s 1-for-12 performance will hurt, especially after he scorched the earth through the first five games of the series. Parker’s disappearance was tough to swallow, especially after an MVP-caliber season. Manu’s turnovers and crumbling level of play were awful to witness, especially with memories of Finals past so fresh in mind.

But what makes this a little easier to handle is the fact that we’ve been able to experience all of this brilliance, all of this jubilation. And maybe that’s why this hurts so much. We’ve seen this celebration before, we know what it feels like to watch our favorite team hold up the Larry O’Brien trophy. To be so close to that point again and watch it slip away is almost unbearable, because we don’t know when we’ll ever get another chance to see it. Hell, we don’t know IF we’ll get another chance to see it.

Still, I’ll keep coming back to the point that we’ve already seen it, and we’ve already felt more joy from this team over the last decade and a half than most teams have had through their entire existence. The Spurs aren’t going anywhere, at least not for now. And it all starts with Tim Duncan, who was asked if he’ll be back.

“Back for what?” he retorted, before the reporter clarified the intention of his question.

“I have a contract that says I am (back next season),” Duncan said.

These questions will undoubtedly keep coming more and more in the near future, though it’s not like they haven’t been floating around for the last several years. Before Parker slid off the stage, he answered his final question of the night with some obvious anger. Anger stemming from the repetition of a line he’s heard a million times already.

Do you have any thoughts that this might be the last time this group plays together?

“Can’t believe you’re asking that question,” Parker said. “It’s been five, six years you’re saying we’re too old. I’m not going to answer that.”

And as he left the podium, he walked into the offseason after missing out on a fourth ring by a single rebound. All the work this season culminated in this, but it’s only one season. This team doesn’t stop pounding the rock with one result, win or lose. This is all a process that’s been larger than any single season, and the end of the line isn’t yet in sight.

Where the stonecutters that have gotten this team to where it is today are growing longer in the tooth, they’re being helped by a new group of younger hands. And, boy, are they capable ones. As Duncan and Manu near the end, and as we wait and see where Parker’s career will eventually take him, we can sit back in awe of what we’ve seen from Green during this series, and even more impressively, what we saw from the Spurs’ incredible 21-year-old small forward.

Kawhi Leonard’s 19 points and 16 rebounds were almost enough to carry his teammates, the stars who’ve lifted the load since his formative years. And he’ll learn from tonight. He learns from every game. His mind is a sponge, and much like his current mentors, all he cares about is basketball. He quietly goes about his hard work, and we’re already seeing the fruits of a young man’s labor.

“I just talked to Kawhi and told him he was absolutely amazing. Nobody expected him at this young age to play the way he has through the whole playoffs,” Pop said. “He really is a star in the making. He’s just beginning to feel what he has. He’s like a little baby learning how to walk, as far as NBA basketball is concerned.”

And if that’s true, it will be fascinating to watch him grow from infancy. The shift in regime is happening, and it’s coming sooner than expected, all because of a trade involving George Hill and a 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. The Spurs will need more than just Leonard as the future approaches, but it’s difficult to get a better running start than this with San Antonio’s franchise cornerstones still in tow.

It’s going to be difficult to sleep in San Antonio, tonight and for some nights to come. But as Pop said, it’s necessary to maintain perspective. What we just saw from a Big 3 that’s stayed together for more than a decade now as similar formations around the league’s landscape have crumbled was nothing short of amazing. But as it was once Duncan’s league, it’s now LeBron’s, and sometimes that must be conceded.

The Spurs will still be around. They might look and feel different, but they’ll still be there. The concepts, the principles, the practices, they won’t change drastically along with personnel evolution. Parker will be back and Timmy says he’ll be there with him. At this point, who knows what will happen in Ginobili’s world, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back at a discounted rate.

They’ll all be older, and each 48 minutes will become more and more difficult. But as the role players evolve and become more than that, they’ll have help. Help that will be even better next year. As Game 7 showed us, superstars win titles in this league. The Spurs’ stars are fading while many others around the NBA are burning the brightest.

But, if you take Popovich at his word, the Spurs have another in the making. And Leonard’s star is just beginning to shine.


  • TD BestEVER

    Parker isn’t a TOP 5 player sorry……. He is a good player but top 5 players have to

    1 – stay healthy

    2 – deliver when it counts most

    3 – play both sides of the ball(Or score like Durant/Kobe)

    He’s Top 10 or top 15 and 12 million is about the right $…….

  • STIJL

    Glad you’re here too. Good posts and objective views. Spurs will be back. A few tweaks here and there and their on their way again. Some namely FA’s that could help without breaking the bank…O.J. Mayo, Nate Robinson, Chase Budinger, J.J. Hickson, Carl Landry. Higher dollar names…Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap, Dwight Howard (yeah right)

  • junierizzle

    It’s hard to swallow because the.Spurs outplayed Miami. One rebound away. To win titles one has to be good and lucky. Everything that needed to happen for Miami to steal back Game 6 happened. You can tell me TP vanished in Game 7 but Parker did his job in Game 6 despite the overall bad shooting. He bombed a three over LeBron to tie, got a steal and ran it back for a turn around floater to put Spurs up 2. Eventually built up a 5 point lead with 28 secs left. The plan worked. Making LeBron and Wade shoot jumpers was a perfect plan and it worked. But like I said you have to be good and lucky. And in the end both teams were good but Miami got the lucky bounces.

  • junierizzle

    That just shows you how good he is. If he’s on it was a wrap.

  • junierizzle

    He did all that this year. In Game 6 he drilled a three in Bron Bron’ s face to tie the game, got the steal on the next play drove it back and got the lead back for the Spurs. All in crunch time. All while Bron Bron was turning it over. Up 5 with 28 secs left. TP delivered. It’s not his fault the lead vanished. Too much to ask him to do it again in Game 7.

  • TD BestEVER

    Milsap made &.2 million this year and will make about 10 total next year thats about what we pat TD…..That’s not unreasonable at all…..we Need to let go of players who can’t get their own shots…….Because Tony, Manu and TD can’t help them all the time and asking Manu to, well you saw how that worked this year…….

  • Titletown99030507d

    I like OJ Mayo and Milsap.

  • Titletown99030507d

    But he gave us 3. That’s 1 more than the two he gave away.

  • Titletown99030507d

    He’ll be fine with limited minutes. (If you call 10 minutes limited). He does not want to leave like this. Besides he and we need to say goodbye with a tour.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Not to mention how many teams with a core 3 in the history of this league have been away for 6 years then come back and play for a game 7 Championship? That’s crazy unheard of. I wonder if any other team has done that? That’s why our organization isn’t like the others.
    I’m excited to see who trots on to the court next season.

  • Titletown99030507d

    As bad as that feels I keep thinking of the 4 other championships.

  • STIJL

    I hear ya. It’ll all depend on how much less Manu would be willing to take if he doesn’t decide to retire.

  • Titletown99030507d

    You got half of that right. It’s the the other attempts that he tried going up against a stacked lane and shot blockers and failing to share the ball with the other 4 players. He did a lot of that. I guess he was trying to put the team on his shoulders. He needs to realize when we were at our best and the most dangerous was when the rock was being tossed around from team mate to team mate with precision we were unbeatable.

  • Titletown99030507d

    So many good posts hope people aren’t irritated by my responding to many. But I have to. Anyway I hope that missed free throw in game 7 by KL won’t stay too much in his mind. I hope he shakes it off and comes back more determined.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Man that was well said. Especially the last paragraph.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Then why is CP3 always considered the top point guard every year he doesn’t have shit to show for it. He was in the playoffs this season where did he go? He had plenty of help too. I’m not buying this. TP is a top 3 point guard like the experts have been testifying all season.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Your full of shit on the last paragraph. I guess you weren’t bitching during the Grizz series AHieghts. Am I right? Baynes? He’s to slow. Plus he’ll foul out in the first quarter. You make me laugh. LOL!

  • Zach R.

    I never thought it would be possible, but Game 6 was officially a more gut-wrenching loss than the 0.4 game.

    The worst loss in franchise history, IMO.

  • TrueTD4Life

    I cried in the dark last night, overwhelmed by sadness that my favorite player missed 2 point-blank shots, and that the championship slipped away. As I still come to grips to the end of Game 6 and 7, I realized that the Spurs’ Big 3 + Kawhi still have a shot next season, and Spurs’ faithful here and around the world will continue to cheer this team on. I think I will sleep better tonight. Thanks for the positive article.

  • TheFG21

    Are you serious? Trading D.Green?!? A 25 y/o who is a defense specialist and has the potential to become one of the best 3 point shooters of the League? And this was his what? 5th season? Common.

    The only thing more green than his name is his dribble. If he can master his dribble and penetration he can become a dangerous player. In Game 7 the Heat let him penetrate fairly easy because they knew that w/ a little pressure he would start doubting. In one play he passed the guy that was covering him, entered the paint almost alone, got freaked out and decided to pass for a turn over.

    I wouldn’t trade D.Green as is, much less if he works on his dribble this offseason. Until now PATFO has done an amazing job w/ him.

  • TheFG21

    I think yes. In 0.4, you will never know what would have happened later in the Playoffs. Game 6 WAS in the Finals w/ a 3-2 lead over Miami.

  • d. iyer

    If we get Milsap, we will be back in the finals barring any major injuries. A front court of Milsap and Kawhi with Timmy at center. Then I would keep Splitter if possible to come off the bench with Manu.

  • td4life

    what the heII…?

  • Graham

    The name popped into my head that is interesting. Say Gino retires and Splitter is signed away for a big contract elsewhere….

    I know it’s a longshot, but what if Iguodola was still around and we convinced him to sign up to chase a title with us? We make Kawhi at the 4 a more regular thing and slot Iggy at the 3.

    Tell me we wouldn’t be a juggernaut defensively? Size may hurt us, but damn if Miami didn’t prove it’s a luxury, not a necessity.

  • David Salazar

    screw you

  • nr

    Well, guess who we are certain to see in the FInals (should we make it back)?

    Splitter gave us a lot during the regular season. I think what he can do for us in the postseason is minimal. This wasn’t the series for him. GSW wasn’t the series for him. OKC wouldn’t have been the series for him. Really, the only series where he provides a significant amount of help is Memphis or LAL–should either of those teams even manage to stay in tact.

    I’d like to keep Splitter, but I have little interest in paying him what people have thought it will take to keep him.

    Backup point guard is my biggest concern. Given the little amount of time we have left with Duncan and the fact that Parker still has plenty of mileage left, I have little interest in developing a backup PG for the future. We need a capable backup right now.

  • nr

    Meant to add on Splitter: He’s 28 and has been playing professional basketball for ten years. The list of players who have added to their skillset this far along in their career is a short one.

  • nr

    I think Manu comes back. He is still good enough to contribute significantly.

    He is simply no longer capable of fulfilling the role that we asked him to play against Miami. He’s especially not capable of playing that role when a team puts a 2 or 3 on Tony and has a quick PG on him (Chalmers). Get a quality backup point guard capable of penetrating to spell Parker and also to play alongside Parker when a defense commits to shutting him down.

    This would, among other things, allow us to avoid putting Manu at PG–a position that he does not fit at all. It would let us play Parker off the ball when a team keys in on him. It would create more jump shooting opportunities for Manu that would reduce injury risk. Finally, it would probably match Manu up against an opponent’s weakest perimeter defender.

  • Spurs fan in Australia

    Definitely a good point about adding to his skill set at his age. I totally forgot how old he was.
    Will just have to wait and see what unfolds in the off season.

  • TD BestEVER

    The reason he isn’t Top 5 is just that….. you can name 4 or 5 PG’s that could have taken his place and the Spurs would have been just as good……..

    Chris Paul
    Stephen Curry
    Westbrook
    Daron Williams
    Maybe even Ty Lawson…..He plays like a young TP and has a little bit better 3 ball

    TP is simply the BEST players on a team that made the finals……Much like Chauncey Billups was considered a Superstar because he was Detroit’s best player

  • SomethingHeavy

    Judging by his play in game 7, I’d say it’s not weighing too heavily on him.

  • d. iyer

    As bad as it sounds, Manu can’t be a priority. He just isn’t what he used to be and that is the harsh reality of sports. Got to go after free agents who put us in a position to compete for a title and see where the chips fall with Manu’s situation. Loyalty goes both ways cause he has cost us a lot of crucial games as well as won a fair share. So he should try to be reasonable and meet half way.

  • td4life

    I’m convinced by Jalen Rose’s argument about TP being a top 3 player in the NBA this season. Derron Williams and Chris Paul didn’t play for the Spurs, TP did and got better results than any of those other guys this season. Jalen made the point that you can’t punish a guy for being in a good situation. The Spurs were his team, he put in his work and got spectacular results. Fans like to play “what if” but that’s bs, all we have is reality to go on.

    Besides all that, Westbrook, Paul, and Williams have made news regarding negative locker room chemistry. TP has been a great teammate. Nobody is hearing you with your Ty Lawson as a lateral move, TP’s decision-making is on another level. In the Finals however, size wins, which is why I never felt comfortable with TP as our best player, I thought we’d have to lean heavier on our true MVP Duncan, but at 37 he runs out of gas late in games.

  • Bob

    It isn’t a game of perfection? Tell that to the Heat who seemed to make every 3 that mattered.

  • STIJL

    Like to see a sign and trade of Splitter to Minnesota for Pekovic. Hard push for Mayo. And then either Jarret Jack or Nate Robinson. Financially doable if the stars align and gives San Antonio upgrades in all areas of need.

  • bob mcgraw

    i have to say game 6 was probably one of the biggest collapses in NBA history. the spurs were up 5 with only 37 seconds left to go, they were rolling the trophy out when pop did one of the worst decisions taking duncan out and letting chris bosh get 2 offensive rebounds and having lebron and allen make baskets at the end to tie it up and loose in overtime. i think this one hurts the most manly because it was nothing miami really did but the spurs kinda defeated themselves with bad decisions and too many turnovers. what was with pop after game 7 he was so happy and hugging the miami players like he was their coach or he wanted them to win? i think this is the end of the big three in san antonio i mean duncan will be 38 years old, ginobili is 36 but looked like a rookie in these finals i mean 8 turnovers in game 6.parker was kinda a no show these last few games. before the finals he kept saying he was going to do whatever he could to get timmy one last title, duncan showed up and was dominant the last 2 games but the other 2 didnt help or give him support you feel sorry for tim. on a side note leonard is good but i dont see him being a superstar sorry maybe a gerald wallace type of guy or maybe a shawn marion type of player. but i feel like the spurs need to get back to their defensive style to be able to win another title. the first 11 years or so of the duncan era the spurs were top 5 in oppenents points per game allowed never gave up more then 90.6 points per game til 2009. i know that since duncan got older pop has the team running more pic and roll offens and now the ball is in parkers hands. they seem to try to win now by being offensive efficient but id like to see them get back to that lock down defensive style. especially you look at wade and james pretty much got whatever they wanted the last 2 games of these finals they need to be better defensively. this hurts even more because i cant stand the heat and dispise everything the heat stand for. lebron is so arrogant it makes me sick, you know he had shoes made up before game 6 that in the inside of the shoe said 2-time champion before he even won it. also this was a contrast in teams one the spurs built their team through the draft and the other bought their team through free agency the last 2 nba finals has shown the best way to a title is to buy it. these spurs really let everyone down.

  • Tim i Surrey

    Re-sign or he retires that is. Until one of those two things happen, he counts $19 million against the cap.

  • MediumFundamental

    I can talk ball all day long, but the thing I love most about sports is the people. I’ve always been a spurs fan because of the character of their players and staff and the culture they have created. I’m all the way up in Canada, but may end up in San Antonio simply because of how moved I am by that team and the way the city seems to rally around it.

    What I do have to say has only a little to do with ball.

    Man I wanted this championship for Timmy. Thing is… he’s had enough heartbreak this year. The whole world doubts this team year in and year out. They develop their team the right way. Through the draft and player development. No building super teams. It is finding people (character people like Kawhi, Danny Green… even Manu and Tony who were not super stars initially… and amazing role players… remember Steve Kerr and what he did… or Kevin Willis… or Michael Finley… Bruce Bowen… and did Malik Rose ever do what he did in San Antonio?) and developing them through their program. It is about emphasizing a system both offensively and defensively that forces the team to depend on each other rather than on themsevles.

    But what hurts the most to me is TD. He is a quiet guy who does everything right. And how is he rewarded? A wife that cheats on him with her personal trainer. A superteam that beats up on him as Tony and Manu fall apart on him in the 4th (I am not knocking them… just stating a fact… Kawhi was the only other man standing). And as brilliant as Pop is… and I could never dream up any of the brilliant schemes he has… I still do question removing TD especially in defensive possessions. Taking him out for offensive possessions when you need a 3 is fine… The likelihood of him playing a big role there or getting an offensive rebound is slim, but on defense I think he has shown that he is reasonably mobile and can chase out to the 3 point line. At the very least he is the best (or second best – Kawhi) rebounder the spurs have.

    So… I said I wouldn’t talk bball and I did… but even though I am a Christian and I do believe in forgiveness… my heart pours out to Timmy and the weakness in my character wishes that he won this so he could stick it to “Amy”!

  • gloomis99

    who are you?

  • gloomis99

    I have been in a media blackout. In fact, I didn’t watch game 7. Not after the way 6 ended not the way history had played out in the 2-3-2 format. I don’t mind the spurs losing to the better team I minded them choking, and that’s what the spurs did. A savvy veteran team choked. It’s painful to say. It wasn’t just Manu, though how you turn the ball over 4 times and continue to take chances for another 4 turnovers is beyond me. You can say its Manu being Manu but we know of lots of other players that played within themselves as they aged. He needs to be #8 or #9 in our lineup with a ban on threes.

    More surprisingly though was Pop benching Tim the second time after we gave up the o board the first time in game 6. He can’t guard bosh outside? Not to mention he stuck with Manu way too long. It’s game six, you could play Kawhi and Danny 48 minutes. Missed free throws and unforced turnover after unforced turnover down the stretch. I give Tony a pass offensively because most people don’t realize that his shots are crazy high on level of difficulty. The jump shot disappeared because he couldn’t get lift due to hammy but the floater is impossible to make consistently especially when you play the same, larger defenders 7 games in a row. That said why didn’t he jump at Ray Allen at the end of 6? Just make him think about you tony, you can’t give up a three?!

    I am taking this personally because unlike almost any other finals this was hype v substance, team v “me”, princeton v and1, unity v contract killers, blue collar v glamour, and western conference v eastern conference. God the East has been bad since duncan has been in the league and they continue to get home court. Are you noticing the bitterness? Luckily there isn’t a heat fan outside FLA so I don’t have to bump into them.

    We need a backup point for the playoffs that isn’t Manu and someone other than Tony who can create his own shot. We don’t need a new big man, we just someone to alleviate the pressure on Tony. I see no reason to panic, but the days of the big three are over. My heart aches for Timmy, a divorce and then this. I’m not equating them but it would have almost been better to lose to Golden State.

  • LePass

    Next years’ minutes per game

    Duncan 20 no back-to-backs / Paul Mislap 30 / Baynes 25/ Bonner 20

    Gino 15 no back-to-back / Green 35 / Nando 20

    Tony 25/ half back-to-backs / Cory 20 / Mills 20

    Kawhi 35mn / Tony Mitchel 15mn / Boris 15

    Splitter..playing somewhere else

  • http://www.nba.com/spurs/?tmd=1 TheRealDirtyP1

    -Green fits in with the team concept and has turned into a good defender. How many times in transition did he thwart a LeBron fast break? He took big steps this year and trading him would be foolish. Miami changed their defense and he couldn’t adjust, but I guarantee you in summer league we’ll see him improve. Look at what Kawhi did last summer and how his game got better? Comparing Green to Bonner, wow man. All he did was set the NBA finals for 3′s…in 5 games.

    -Tap the brakes. This was De Colo’s first year and Joseph’s first year with important playing time. In the playoffs, coaches don’t go deep into their bench. Look at Miami, they played with basically 1 pg at that end. Miami isn’t traditional anyways, I mean, when LeBron is bringing the ball up the court <50%, you don't really have a true pg. When the team you're playing against doesn't have a PG in the game, you can't just throw a PG in the game to take Parker's place. Neal is serviceable and affordable so far when they are put in that situation. Tony was worn out for sure, but everyone on the team was, on both teams.

    -Cutting Tiago loose would be a bad move. If you can't bring someone in to fill that spot, you're going to be in trouble. In regards to getting stuffed by smaller players—LeBron is the best player in the league, he's big and strong. He can block anyone. Wade is the best SG in the league at blocking. Bosh isn't bad either. I'll take Tiago over the guys you mentioned; he's a better passer and transition player than those guys. You have been watching the Spurs transition game, right? He had 11 double doubles this year and made DeJuan an afterthought. And he hasn't hit his ceiling yet. You've seen how much of Baynes playing? Appears to have a jumper? Not good enough for me to cut Tiago.

  • http://www.nba.com/spurs/?tmd=1 TheRealDirtyP1

    If the Heat would have lost, I’m guaranteeing you there would have been uproar about the 2-3-2 format and it would have changed for next year.

  • http://www.nba.com/spurs/?tmd=1 TheRealDirtyP1

    Get back to us when any of those guys are signed. If Baynes is playing 25 minutes in San Antonio during the regular season, it’ll be a bad year. Now if he’s in Austin, I can see it. 20 mins for Bonner? Also, there are 240 minutes to split in a game. You’ve surpassed that while using 13 players instead of the traditional 12 that can suit up. Still smh that everyone is giving up on Splitter. He works with this offense. I’m kind of surprised you didn’t put McGrady in the mix as well.

  • Titletown99030507d

    You would be a bad coach and a bad minutes distributor. Do you know basketball? Baynes 25 mins while Splitter is gone. BAHHAHAHAH! the only way Splitter is gone from this team is that another team will give him an offer he can’t refuse. Even Van Gundy said it. “Spltter is a solid player.” I guess you can’t appreciate the fact that he neutralized Marc Gasol. Not everybody is Tim Duncan get it through your head. Even the afterthoughts you want on this team to replace him. Funny guy.

  • Colin

    I dont know what you watched for 7 games but Miami was clearly not the better team. This series was an absolute toss up and was determined by luck more than anything. That and having Lebron James doesn’t hurt either.

  • Colin

    Dude, Ty Lawson, no way. He doesn’t have the intangibles nor does steph curry. Curry s career will not last as long as TP and we may have just witnessed its apex this postseason. I don’t see him getting any better than he is already with respect to TPs career arc. Same said for deron Williams. He’s capped out as well.

  • Vaskon

    It was popovich fault in the game 6. He set Duncan on the bench when Bosh was in. Big, huge mistake.

  • LePass

    I am hoping bad year so we can get wiggins.

  • TheFG21

    Sup guys? How are ya feeling? Right now I’ve trained my mind to only think about the Draft when it comes to basketball and the possibilities of upgrading our team for next Season. Im feeling better at that point. Still avoiding to watch ESPN or Twitter or looking at the NBAStore to not look at anything Heat related.