By Angel L. Quiles Jr.
After being criticized by the Twitter universe, and the Instagram comedians for being the first human to leave work early with cramps. LeBron James took his Motrin and thoroughly dominated the Spurs last night in San Antonio. The air conditioning was working last night, and so was LeBron who scored 35 points. The N.B.A. Finals are now tied at one game apiece and the Spurs have their work cut out for them.
Last night San Antonio had no answer for LeBron James, besides getting rid of the air conditioning in their building. During a stretch in the third quarter last night LeBron hit six straight shots, including three shots from three point range. Boris Diaw was the victim during that stretch, and it was so brutal I thought the cops were going to have to be called. LeBron also abused Kawai Leonard who has not been able to stop his penetration to the hole, and does not have the strength to guard him in the post. The Spurs have been forced to continuously send extra defenders, leaving LeBron the option to find open teammates. Something he likes to do, and did effectively last night.
The Spurs did squander opportunities to win the game. After a flagrant foul was called late in the game on Marion Chalmers’ WWE sized elbow on Tony Parker. Parker was sent to the free throw line for two shots, and missed them both. On the same possession Duncan was fouled, and also missed his two free throws. Those four points missed during “crunch” time made a difference, because the Spurs lost 98-96.
The Heat are going home where they are undefeated in the playoffs. Trying to neutralize LeBron will be a point of emphasis, because they can’t continue to leave his teammates open. LeBron will find them, and the Heat players are obviously going to be more comfortable on their home court. In addition, they can’t waste any opportunities they have to score easy points. They have to be “clutch” from the foul line something that has plagued them in the past. The Heat will bring the fire at home, so the Spurs will have to turn up the A.C. this time around in game three.