SAN ANTONIO: The San Antonio Spurs hope to turn down the heat in game two of the National Basketball Association finals today.
The Spurs say they have fixed the broken air conditioner which transformed the AT&T Center into a sauna bath in game one, causing Miami Heat superstar LeBron James to leave the game late in the fourth with severe dehydration and leg cramps.
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra says the venue will probably be even cooler than normal for game two when the air conditioner is working again.
“We anticipate we will play in a very cool gym,” Spoelstra said. “We will have to deal with that now. I don’t know if guys will be wearing tights under their shorts and longsleeved shirts.”
The top-seeded Spurs will try to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA finals when they host Miami.
San Antonio took the lead in the best-of-seven series by beating the two-time reigning champion Heat 110-95 on Thursday.
The Spurs captured the tightly-contested contest by breaking the game open after James started cramping up.
Miami led 86-79 with nine and a half minutes to go. But the Spurs finished the game by outscoring the Heat 31-9.
The Spurs scored on 13 of their final 17 possessions, and that included three Danny Green three-pointers.
The Spurs also won despite turning the ball over 23 times. That’s the most turnovers they have committed in this year’s playoffs. They had 22 in game two of the first round against Dallas when they lost by 20 points.