Hi, my name is Tanmay and I will be covering the 2014 NBA Finals from the perspective of the San Antonio Spurs.
Well on the night of the well anticipated Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, three big story-lines emerged that seem like they will stick for the rest of the series. Game 1 was full of ups and downs, runs made by both teams and certain hindrances that eventually led to the Spurs winning 110 – 95.
For starters, one of the biggest stories that came out of Thursday night’s action was the fact that the AC had given out midway through the 2nd quarter of the game. This meant that temperatures inside the arena were skyrocketing and courtside/on the court temperatures were at approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, if you are a basketball fanatic, you’ve probably played basketball in 90 degrees some time, some where, but having professional basketball players going through that much heat while playing against such tough competition is a big problem.
According to reports on Saturday afternoon, however, the AC of the AT&T center has completely been fixed and it seems that the temperature will be more moderate on Sunday night.
The second biggest story line was that of LeBron James cramping in the fourth quarter of Game 1 and having to sit out for the rest of the game, which was obviously a big blow to the Heat. However, LeBron James wasn’t just having problems late in the fourth quarter. There were times in the third quarter where LeBron just seemed “gassed out” and completely immobile. As history suggests, however, LeBron has historically had problems with cramping and that seems like one of the only facets of his game he will never be able to fix on his own. For example, when LeBron was in Cleveland, he had to leave a playoff game against Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals because he was cramping up. As, many Heat fans put it, Game 1 was lost because of the AC and the fact that the conditions were too crazy to play in.
However, the third biggest story comes from the Spurs camp and it seems like they were not shocked by the temperature and made no excuses in Game 1. Considering their big three are ages 38, 36 and 32, it seems like they would have had much more trouble than the faster, stronger and more athletic heat. But, ” Mr. Grandpa” Tim Duncan and crew kept on marching on and once LeBron James left the game, it seemed like the Heat would never recover. Without LeBron on the court, the Spurs finished the game on a 16-2 run and all starters were going absolutely nuts from the field. Overall, the Spurs finished the game on a 31 – 9 run as they trailed the Heat 86 -79 with about 7 minutes left in the game. Certainly it looks like the Spurs are definitely a well-oiled machine and certainly won’t stop chugging along until they win the Chanpionship
Prediction for Game 2: Spurs 107 Heat 102
Key Notes from Game 1:
Tim Duncan shot 90 percent from the field, his best playoff shooting percentage ever.
The Spurs starters went 14-15 in the fourth quarter and the only miss came from a Tony Parker floater.
The entire spurs team shot 14-16 in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James had 25 points before leaving the fourth.
Manu Ginobili had 11 assists and 16 points, 9 which came in the first quarter.