Friday, June 6, 2014

2014 NBA Finals: Is It Me, Or Is It Hot in Here? (Game 1)

Judging by the final score of last night's Game 1 in San Antonio (San Antonio: 110-95), one may assume - if you read the last post - that the Spurs utilized some of their "old man strength" to take the lead in the series (1-0).

Well, that notion is partially correct. The Spurs did not play their best level of basketball (22 turnovers?), which can arguably be considered the same argument for the Miami Heat. However, the San Antonio bench players outscored Miami's bench 34-20 - not to mention a pounding, 31-9 run in the 4th quarter to close the curtain on Game 1.

Aside from San Antonio's "trio" (Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili) and the San Antonio bench greatly contributing to last night's victory, the failure of the AT&T Center's (Home of the Spurs) central air conditioning unit also worked in favor of the Spurs.

"Is it me, or is it hot in here?" - LeBron James

With 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter facing a two-point deficit, LeBron James suffered cramps all over his body and walked in agony to retire on the Miami bench for the remainder of the game (finishing with 25 points) - due to the extreme heat in the AT&T Center.

It seems as if San Antonio can handle more than one type of heat, as long as the matchup is in their arena.

LeBron James' probable weakness can probably be attributed to hot arenas. If so, we should not be surprised if the AT&T Center staff "forgets" to cool down the arena in the upcoming home game for San Antonio on Sunday.

If you remember, Lance Stephenson was unsuccessful in attempting to expose a weakness in LeBron James during the Eastern Conference Finals series. Maybe he can sit courtside for this series and use those tactics again to help cool LeBron James off, so he can finish those crucial 4th quarter stretches this series.
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