Going into the Finals, we thought that the Spurs had an excellent chance, but also that there was an excellent chance that the team would suddenly look old.
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And why not? Tim Duncan is 38, Manu Ginobli is 36, Boris Diaw and Tony Parker are 32.
San Antonio has done a brilliant job replenishing the roster with useful young players - Danny Green, Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard - but the older players are the core of one of the great NBA runs.
So who expected this team, at this point, to completely dominate Miami?
Yet that's what they've done - 110-95, 111-92 and 107-86.
Miami did win the second game, 98-96, but consider this: other than that one point increase, Miami's output has decreased each game: 95, 96, 92, 86.
An old team is not supposed to be able to do that.
Except that if anything, Miami is older.
LeBron James is in his prime at 29 but the Heat only have four players under the age of 26 and only one plays regularly (Norris Cole).
The others are Justin Hamilton, Michael Beasley and the unfortunate Greg Oden.
Otherwise, it's Ray Allen (38), Chris Anderson (35), Shane Battier (35), Udonis Haslem (34), James Jones (33), Dwyane Wade (32) and Chris Bosh (30).
Toney Douglas and Mario Chalmers are 28.
The series is not over yet, but Miami has been exposed. Pat Riley will need to make some impressive moves fast to keep this team from deteriorating as the key players age.