By Chris Mannix
June 21, 2013
The Spurs had two chances to close out the Heat, but eventually fell in seven games.
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"Players step up in the playoffs," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Tonight, a great example of that was Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. They played Hall of Fame basketball tonight ... if you're going to match that, you have to be pretty perfect."

It's tradition to kick dirt on the Spurs' grave, to write epitaphs for this era. Then a draft pick here, a smart trade there and boom, San Antonio is right back at the top of the standings. The Western Conference will be loaded next season, stocked with young, talented teams eager and equipped to take the Spurs out. It will be a long, hard road to get back to this stage. But does anyone really want to bet against them?

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