After the Miami Heat's thrilling 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals on Thursday, there is much to discuss.
From Chris Bosh to the Spurs' "Big Three" of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, it's going to be interesting what the summer of 2013 holds.
Each team will be different next season—perhaps drastically. Let's take a look at the Heat's Game 7 victory and what it may mean moving forward.
Shane Battier Still Has It
After 12 years in the NBA, 34-year-old Shane Battier still has it.
Battier went a combined 1-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first four games of the 2013 NBA Finals, only to finish a combined 11-of-18 from downtown in the final three games of the series.
Battier finished 12-of-27 from downtown in the 2013 NBA Finals. He didn't attempt one two-point shot. His ability to rise to the occasion in the final three games of the series proved to be pivotal as the Heat hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again.
Battier has never made an All-Star team, but he's always been regarded as a winner, dating all the way back to his days with Duke when the Blue Devils won the NCAA championship in 2001.
Is This the End for San Antonio's Big Three?
With 35-year-old Manu Ginobili pending retirement, you wonder if the Spurs' loss to the Heat on Thursday will mark the end of a brilliant run by San Antonio's "Big Three" of Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Ginobili said during the series, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
But at this point I'm fine physically, so you are a little more optimistic. But you know, it's been 18 years doing this. You kind of get tired and you want to enjoy a little more time at home sometimes. You go back to Argentina to see your people, and you think about it. I'm going to have time for that too.
Ginobili averaged 11.7 points on 43 percent shooting in the 2013 NBA Finals. He also committed a team-high 22 turnovers in the series. He finished with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting in Game 7, but also made some poor decisions down the stretch that all but solidified the Spurs' fate. He was absent for the majority of the finals for San Antonio.
If this is truly the end of the Big Three, what a ride it has been. Ginobili, Duncan and Parker have won three championships together.
Will Chris Bosh's Struggles in Game 7 Preface a Departure from Miami?
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe wrote earlier this month:
There are rumors the Heat will be looking to deal Chris Bosh, and the Bobcats, who are under the salary cap and could accept Bosh’s near-maximum deal, could be a prime candidate. As much as Charlotte would love to build through the draft, team officials understand they have to start winning and need a player to be the face of the franchise. Bosh could serve that purpose.
As the third wheel alongside the two-headed monster that is LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Bosh is no stranger to trade rumors. Scoring zero points on 0-of-5 shooting in the pivotal Game 7 on Thursday doesn't exactly help his case. Beyond that, he hasn't been a particularly strong rebounder in his three years with the Heat.
On the other hand, he was Miami's third-leading scorer this season behind James and Wade—spacing the floor with his mid-range game—and he's an underrated defender at this point in his career. He was in the grill of San Antonio's shooters throughout Game 7 and he averaged 1.9 steals and 1.6 blocks in the series.