It was after Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, and the Heat had just dispatched the Pacers in a very tough series. Shane Battier was walking through the tunnel underneath AmericanAirlines Arena when a fan shouted to him, “Good game, Shane.”

“Thanks,” Battier said. “But I didn’t do anything.”

True enough, Battier was benched for the entirety of the deciding game in the conference finals, having shot 2-for-15 from the 3-point line in the series. When the Heat opened up the Finals, Battier was back in the rotation, but on a very short leash—he played 28 minutes in the first four games and made just one of his nine 3-pointer attempts. Coach Erik Spoelstra started playing Battier more in Game 5, and he actually went 3-for-4 in Game 6.

But then came Game 7. At long last, Battier was able to fully bury his slump and break an NBA Finals Game 7 record by shooting 6-for-8 from the 3-point line, his 18 points easily masking the poor showing from Ray Allen (0-for-4 from the field).

“Reports of my demise were premature,” Battier said as he sat down at the media podium.

They were warranted, however. After all, over the course of 10 games, Battier had posted an unsightly 12.5 percent shooting from the 3-point line. Though Battier is still a good defender, if he is not making 3-pointers, he does not have much use for coach Erik Spoelstra.

Battier said he tried to take a purely mathematical view on the slump.