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2014 NBA Finals: 10 Things We Learned From San Antonio Spurs’ Victory Over Miami Heat

2014 NBA Finals: 10 Things We Learned From Heat vs. Spurs Series

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In one of the most lopsided championship series in NBA history, the San Antonio Spurs exacted revenge on the Miami Heat, winning the 2014 NBA Finals in five games. What was supposed to be a epic rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals turned into a laugher as the Spurs dominated the entire series. With the series now over, here are 10 things that we learned from the 2014 NBA Finals.

10. Mario Chalmers Is Not The Long-Term Answer At Point Guard

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10. Mario Chalmers Is Not The Long-Term Answer At Point Guard

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Did Mario Chalmers actually play in this series? That's the question some may be asking after the former Kansas Jayhawk was a major disappointment. Matched up against Tony Parker, Chalmers looked lost and never got into a groove offensively. Chalmers failed to reach double-digits in points in each of the five games, and his defense against Parker was downright pathetic. Chalmers will be a restricted free agent this summer.

9. This Loss Doesn't Hurt The Heat's Legacy

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9. This Loss Doesn't Hurt The Heat's Legacy

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Despite this loss, the legacy of the 2011-14 Miami Heat is still in good standing. In four seasons together, the Heat, led by the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, reached the NBA Finals four times and won two titles. This feat has been so rare in NBA history that the last team to accomplish this was the 1984-87 Boston Celtics. If this team stays intact, they will be favored once again in the East next season.

8. Manu Ginobili Is The Greatest 6th Man Of All Time

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8. Manu Ginobili Is The Greatest 6th Man Of All Time

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Manu Ginobili may not have the most NBA Sixth Man of The Year awards, but there hasn't been a more crucial player who came off the bench than Ginobili. For most of his career, Ginobili has been a spark off the Spurs' bench and has played like an extra starter. In the Finals this year, he scored in double-digits in four of the five games. Ginobili atoned big time for a poor Finals performance in 2013.

7. Chris Bosh Is Not A Superstar

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7. Chris Bosh Is Not A Superstar

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It might just be me, but there has never been a bigger superstar that always seems to disappear more than Chris Bosh does. Throughout the series, Bosh was constantly outplayed by Tim Duncan and was also a disappointment on the defensive end, allowing the Spurs to drive to the basket at will. In terms of plus minus, Bosh was a double-digit minus in each of the five games.

6. The Heat Need To Get Younger

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6. The Heat Need To Get Younger

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With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the Spurs were supposed to be the oldest team in the NBA, but it was the Heat who were actually the oldest. When your best reserves are Ray Allen, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen, all players who are past their primes, a serious upgrade is needed. If the Heat want to continue their theme of small ball and quick defense, the team will have to get younger and more athletic before next season begins.

5. Dwyane Wade Is Not A Max Contract Player

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5. Dwyane Wade Is Not A Max Contract Player

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As good as Dwyane Wade has been for the city of Miami and the Miami Heat organization, he is not worth the max contract that he is reportedly asking for this summer. Wade looked old and slow in this year's Finals, shot poorly from the floor and was a turnover machine throughout the series. After resting for most of the regular season, Wade was supposed to be healthy enough for the Finals, but he clearly was not.

4. Kawhi Leonard Is The NBA's Next Superstar

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4. Kawhi Leonard Is The NBA's Next Superstar

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While most NBA pundits were waiting to anoint Indiana's Paul George as the next superstar, Kawhi Leonard has quietly made his case as the next young NBA superstar. Coming off an impressive series in last year's Finals, Leonard only got better this season. After subpar performances in Game 1 and 2, Leonard broke out in Games 3-5. He had 20-plus points in each of those games and constantly hounded LeBron James on defense.

3. The Spurs Avoided The Finals Hangover

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3. The Spurs Avoided The Finals Hangover

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The Spurs and Gregg Popovich were left for dead after last year's NBA Finals collapse to Miami. This year, the Spurs showed no signs of a hangover. In each of their four victories, San Antonio defeated Miami by 15 or more points. The Spurs also became the first team since the Detroit Pistons in the 1980s to win an NBA title the season after losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

2. LeBron James Needs More Help

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2. LeBron James Needs More Help

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If the Heat decide to remain intact for the 2014-15 NBA season, there will be some serious changes they must make. While LeBron James carried the Heat by himself, the rest of the supporting cast failed to show up on both sides of the floor. Chris Bosh has constantly disappeared in big games, and Dwyane Wade has started to slow down due to injuries. If the Heat are going to convince James to stay, others need to come in to take the burden off him.

1. San Antonio Was The Better Team

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1. San Antonio Was The Better Team

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The Miami Heat had the best player on the planet in LeBron James, but the San Antonio Spurs had the best team on the planet. While James was trying to carry the Heat by himself, the Spurs got huge contributions from nine players throughout the series. Players like Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Patrick Mills and Boris Diaw complemented the Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili perfectly.