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Air conditioner broken in San Antonio impacts Game 1

Lance Stephenson AT&T Center

The air conditioning inside the AT&T Center in San Antonio stopped working early in the second quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and it had an impact on the game.

Not only were fans constantly fanning themselves to keep cool, but players were tiring out quicker than they normally would.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh both asked out of the game five minutes into the third quarter, which is much earlier than usual. They could be seen holding ice bags on their necks to cool down while on the bench.

“I’m going to need some cold water now. They’re trying to smoke us out of here,” James was heard saying via ESPN Wired.

“It’s like playing in my old high school gym,” Miami forward Chris Bosh told ABC’s Doris Burke during an interview. “There’s no air movement.”

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweeted late in the third quarter that the temperature inside the building at the time was 89 degress. Yeah, that’s pretty hot.

The Spurs later explained that an electrical outage was responsible for the air conditioning problem and that they were working to fix the issue.

Photo via Andrew Luck’s Head



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  • Jeffro

    The only way San Antonio could think to stop the Heat was to crank up the heat. Sad to see a game decided by building issues

  • RZsyd

    I believe the Spurs played in the same conditions that the Heat did. Maybe the better conditioned team won.

  • Jeffro

    True, but with the temperature up, it definitely favored the Spurs. It took Miami down to nearly half strength.

  • SpinMax

    sports are always best in the elements and out of a dome, tougher team wins

  • heat suck

    sad to see the heat crying .

  • heat suck

    actually no its not. its funny.

  • eddysamson

    SO PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THE SUPPOSED BEST PHYSICAL SPECIMEN IN THE NBA WAS CARRIED OFF THE COURT WHILE 38 YEAR OLD TIM DUNCAN LED HIS TEAM TO VICTORY IN THE SAME CONDITIONS.

  • eddysamson

    ……………………..how does 90 degree temps favor the oldest guy on the court? Ridiculous, stop making excuses.

  • mary

    If ya can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen. Someone once said that.
    So, the Heat couldn’t take the heat, too bad, so sad…Go Spurs.

  • Jeffro

    Lebron couldn’t handle the temperatures. That’s my whole point. That is why the spurs won. Normal conditions would have seen the Heat making swift work of the spurs

  • JrueRondoSWAG

    This meme is incredible!!

  • Bunsmack

    Age is not the issue. LeBron guarding numerous guys all over the court plus being super muscular did him in. He has cramped up before in perfectly cool gyms. So it’s not the heat. No one else on either team is asked to do what is asked of LeBron.

    I like both teams and don’t care who wins. But let’s be real.

  • realtalk

    Or the team who spent the previous 5 days practicing in the gym with no ac won….peep Jason Terry talking about how this is a trend with the spurs…

  • realtalk

    Ps…..lebron has like zero body fat! You ever caught a bad cramp? It will make Brock Lesnar look like Brooke Shields lol