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Air conditioning failure sees LeBron James overheat, leave Game 1

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 6, 2014 in Sports
An electrical failure at the ATT Center in San Antonio created stifling temperatures and Miami Heat star LeBron James couldn't handle it. The 6'8" and 260-pound James has a history of cramping and cramped so badly Thursday night he had to leave the game.
Without him being able to deal with the heat, his Miami Heat teammates couldn't deal with Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs, falling farther and farther behind and losing, 110-95; they lost the final quarter 36-17.
James took himself off the court with about seven minutes left in the game, returned with four left but soon after he collapsed after scoring a basket to bring his team within two points. He had to be carried off the court and was done for the night, watching hopelessly as his team dropped the first game of the NBA final series.
“I mean, it’s frustration and anger, but at the same time it’s something you try to prevent, you try to control,” James said afterwards. “I mean, I got all the fluids I need to get, I do my normal routine I’ve done and it was inevitable for me tonight, throughout the conditions, you know, out there on the floor.
"I lost all the fluids that I was putting in in the last couple of days out there on the floor. It sucks not being out there for your team, especially at this point in the season.”
Miami Heat: James' loss a "punch in the gut"
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said that losing James didn't help his club but he insisted they had chances to win despite having their star on the bench but did not take advantage of those chances. Spoelstra also said that James, the only player who proved unable to handle the heat, wanted back in.
“Look, at one point, he was getting up with about three and half minutes to go and I looked at him and said, “don’t even think about it, you can’t even move at this point’ ” Spoelstra said. “I think it felt like a punch in the gut when you see your leader limping like that back to the bench but at the same time we still had an opportunity to make plays going down the stretch and they made obviously the biggest plays in the last five minutes.”
Game 2 goes Sunday at 8 p.m. E.T. in San Antonio and officials says that the air conditioning will be working. So too, Miami says, will LeBron James.
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