A disappointed LeBron James say he thinks he is over his cramping problems and will be back to form for Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals. James missed the final seven minutes of Thursday’s 110-95 Miami loss to the Spurs in San Antonio because of leg cramps. He had to be helped off the court at one point, appearing exhausted.
The air conditioning failed at the AT&T center causing temperatures to reach into the 90’s during the game.
James said Friday he was angry his body let him down. “I did everything that I needed to do to prepare for this game, prepare for this moment and to feel like my body failed me.”
Despite leaving the game early, James led the Heat in scoring with 25 points in 33 minutes.
This is the first NBA Finals rematch since 1998. Game 2 is Sunday night in the Alamo City. You can hear the game on KPUG 1170AM, beginning at 4:00pm.
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Air conditioning at AT&T Center repaired
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The air conditioning is on again inside the San Antonio Spurs’ arena.
Spurs Sports and Entertainment announced Friday that the outage that affected Game 1 of the NBA Finals between San Antonio and Miami has been repaired.
Officials say the system at AT&T Center has been tested and is “fully operational.”
Temperatures rose into the mid-80s inside the arena during Game 1, which the Spurs won 110-95. Heat star LeBron James left the game with 3:59 left after cramping in the heat, and both teams said conditions were difficult to play.
Game 2 is Sunday night. A concert is to be held in the arena Friday, and a WNBA game on Saturday.
Gatorade apologizes over LeBron-related tweets
TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gatorade has apologized for tweets posted from the company’s account after Miami Heat star LeBron James was forced to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
James was forced out of the game because of cramps, a sign of dehydration. Temperatures in the arena in San Antonio soared during the game because of an air conditioning outage, and the Spurs pulled away after James departed for a 110-95 win.
Gatorade tweeted “With a game this hot, we’re right at home” late in the game. Several other now-deleted tweets followed from the account, including one saying “The person cramping wasn’t our client. Our athletes can take the heat.”
James is a paid endorser of Powerade, a rival of Gatorade. The Heat have Gatorade products on their sideline during games.
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