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Heat and the Spurs face offseason questions

In the NBA glory days of the 1980s, when the Lawrence O’Brien Trophy was presented in the locker room, not at midcourt, CBS announcer Brent Musburger would make sure to ask the championship coach whether his team could repeat, or in Pat Riley’s case after winning consecutive titles with the Lakers, “threepeat.”

These days, Doris Burke doesn’t corner Erik Spoelstra and ask the coach if the Heat will come back and triumph next season, giving him at least a bit of time to enjoy the accomplishment. But days after the Heat’s Game 7 victory over the Spurs, that Musburger question is still as pertinent as it was 30 years ago.

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