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LeBron, Wade feel 'slighted' at idea Spurs gave away Finals

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

The Heat believe they earned the redemption Ray Allen's shot gave them last year.  (USATSI)
The Heat believe they earned the chance Allen's shot gave them. (USATSI)

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SAN ANTONIO -- LeBron James said Wednesday before Heat practice in advance of Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the Heat feel "slighted" at the suggestion that the Spurs gave away last year's Finals after Miami's comeback in Game 6.

"Absolutely (we feel slighted). I can't sit here and lie to you, we do. We feel slighted in the fact that it went seven. It went seven. It wasn't like it was 3-0 and you know, they had us in Game 4 and we took it and won four straight.

"So we did our part, they did their part. Both teams put themselves in a position to win an NBA championship, and we just happened to make one or two more plays to win it. But at the end of the day it doesn't take away that we did win last year, but that's last year. Last year is last year and we're excited about it, but this trophy this year belongs to nobody. It's up for grabs."

Wade said that the team hasn't talked about Game 6 from last year, but that every team needs a little luck to win the title.

"Game 6 was -- it was unbelievable to be able to come back and win that game. But that's the game of basketball. You know, the ball bounces funny ways. We're thankful for Ray Allen making that shot but there were so many other things that had to play right for us to win that game. So you need a little luck, both ways, even to be in the Finals.

So no, -- we were a recipient of luck in that moment... but we won the championship."

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