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Brian Windhorst, ESPN: “One thing can be said about the AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs’ home arena that’s set on a plain east of downtown between a golf course, Coca-Cola bottling plant and stockyards for the annual rodeos: You never know what sort of plague might attack next. Be it bats swooping above the court, snakes in the locker rooms or extreme heat, there’s always a potential surprise to shake up the combatants. Ironically, the surprise that’s hardest for LeBron James to handle is the heat, an issue he’s confronted several times in his playoff career. Hot arenas can be James’ kryptonite. When the air conditioning failed at the arena, it felled him in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, as the Spurs ran away from Miami 110-95.”
J.A. Adande, ESPN: ” This wasn’t the epitome of San Antonio Spurs basketball, just the essence of Spurs basketball. Twenty-three turnovers? Uh-uh, not very Spurs-like at all. A seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter at home, where they’d won their previous seven playoff games by 15 or more points? So uncharacteristic. If you think about it, though, the Spurs might be best defined by what they don’t do. They don’t go away.”
Travis Hale, Pounding The Rock: “The real story is that these Finals have the makings to be legendary. Wade and Allen seem determined to be a driving force and we all know LeBron James will shine. The Miami Heat and all affiliated with the organization are champions. The Spurs, champions themselves, squaring off against the Heat in what will likely be a brutal, exhausting battle is the real story.”
Matt Moore, CBS Sports: “The Spurs know that execution is what matters and the Spurs had it in spurts, but those twenty-two turnovers will stay with them. As bad a sign as it is for Miami that the Spurs tuned the ball over 22 times and won, it’s just as bad a sign for the Spurs that they turned it over 22 times. The Spurs had turnover problems last year vs. Miami, problems they were sure they could fix. But they didn’t. Many of the turnovers came from the Heat intercepting passing lanes.”
Dan McCarney, MySA: “The Spurs spent much of the evening hamstringing themselves with 23 turnovers, giving Miami a dangerous boost as the Heat rallied from an early deficit to lead by seven points early in the fourth quarter. The Spurs hung around long enough to pounce when James and the Heat stumbled down the stretch. But even with the strength of their finish, the Spurs knew how fortunate they were given the game’s unusual circumstances.”
Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: “The stifling heat inside the building had done its job on the back-to-back MVP of the NBA Finals. Leg cramping wouldn’t allow him to continue. James’ right thigh locked up violently under the basket, and he had to be helped off the court by his teammates and trainers. They dropped James like a heap of sweating despair on the bench and he slammed his hand on press row in disgust. It was over.”