Their names belong on the marquee because of who they are. Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili are headliners in the NBA Finals series full of headliners.
Their pedigrees and championship histories tell us so. Name two shooting guards other than Kobe Bryant with a bigger impact on the game over the last decade than D-Wade or Manu. The Heat and Spurs don't have multiple banners in the rafters without these guys.
But they're not those guys anymore. Anyone who's watched No. 3 for the Miami Heat and No. 20 for the San Antonio Spurs for this past season, and especially the playoffs, has noticed the drop off going into Game 3 Tuesday night in San Antonio.
Whether it's injury or mileage likely the combination of both the production they're giving doesn't match the name. Thinking either team could win a title without the best out of its All-Star 2-guard would have been preposterous a year ago.
It's reality now.
D-Wade and Manu are in the midst of their poorest postseason runs. Wade, 31, i...