Heat vs. Spurs: Game 7 Preview -- This Is For All The Marbles

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Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; T-shirts line the seats prior to the start of game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s everything you need to know for Game 7:

LeBron’s been playing like a manimal

Why the Heat have no excuses for Game 7

Tony Parker, the model of consistency

Five things we learned from Game 6

Gregg Popovich’s best lines of the playoffs


Here are my two cents:

Much like I alluded to earlier in the series, this series (and by extension, tonight) might be the last time we see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh play together.

I think that regardless of the outcome tonight, (but especially if the Heat lose) it’s time to blow up the Big Three.  The first reason is age — Dwyane Wade is 31.  Bosh is 29.  While LeBron is a (comparatively) youthful 28.

With age comes increased risk of injury, and lost of explosion, two elements that Dwyane Wade has exhibited profoundly this year.  Wade’s knee has been a question mark for the past three months.  And even before his knee injury, it was clear that Wade had lost a step (though of course, Gary Neal would disagree), and while Wade is still an elite shooting guard, he’s not 2006 Wade — he’s a 31 year old Wade starring in Dove commercials.  No doubt, Dwyane Wade’s a leader and a Heat icon, but in the age of a new collective bargaining agreement with stiffer penalties for luxury tax offenders, paying an aging superstar $17.18 million a year is simply not a good basketball decision.


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