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

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Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) and center Chris Bosh (1) celebrate defeating the San Antonio Spurs at the end of game six in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 103-100 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

This sentence might rankle the Heat die-hards, but I think the smartest decision the Heat can make is to trade Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the off-season for some up-and-coming players or 2014 draft picks.  There are numerous articles on how talented/loaded/stacked the 2014 draft is (especially compared to this year’s draft), and the Heat need to realize that getting rid of their aging players, no matter how talented they may be, gives themselves the best chance to win in the future.

The last couple paragraphs may seem premature to many readers — “Why the f      are you talking about the offseason when Game 7 hasn’t even been played?” is probably something you’re thinking right around now — and the reason why talking about age, and aging superstars, and the future is relevant is because if the Heat do lose Game 7 to the Spurs, it won’t be because the Heat weren’t talented enough, or didn’t have a deep enough bench.  (I mean, motherf      ing Jesus Shuttlesworth comes off the bench for the Heat!)

It’ll be because they were too old, too slow, too hurt.

Don’t believe me?  Think about how ineffective Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were for the first 90% of the playoffs.  They basically disappeared in the Milwaukee Bucks series.  The Chicago series?  Don’t even get me started.  And Bosh averaged 3.8 rebounds per game in the Indiana series, so that should tell you all you need to know.

And let’s say the Heat manage to win Game 7 and are crowned NBA champions again.  Do you really think they can repeat (three-peat)?  Let’s even consider this year: Do you think this Heat team could have beaten a healthy (read: Russell Westbrook pre-ACL tear) Oklahoma City Thunder team?

Because, I think that if Russell Westbrook hadn’t torn his ACL, the Heat would probably be losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals right now.

At least, those are my two cents.

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