Going into media day on Friday, the issue buzzing around the room was the health of Superman, aka LeBron James.
In case you missed Game 1 of the NBA Finals, James came into contact with Kryptonite when the air conditioner malfunctioned in the AT&T Center. With a little under four minutes to go in the game and temperatures in the building reaching 90 plus degrees, James came down with cramps in both of his legs that rendered him to spectator status for the rest of the game.
When speaking to the media, James brushed aside the cramps and proclaimed himself ready to go for Game 2 on Sunday, which is a must win for the Miami Heat if they want to keep their dreams of a three-peat alive. James’ cramp issue is certainly one to watch, but it was also evident in Game 1 that the cramps and the air conditioner were not the only problems that the Heat faces against the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio’s superior depth and offensive discipline was on full display in the fourth quarter, and Miami got a rude wake-up call that this is not the same Spurs team that they bounced in seven games in last year’s epic Finals match-up. Adding to the pain was the fact that Tim Duncan continues to turn back time and shredded the small Miami front line. Containing Duncan was already an issue for Miami going into the series, but just like the “heat,” Miami was ill prepared for Duncan’s tour de force of offensive weapons.
I predicted that the Spurs depth, skilled big men and home court advantage would carry San Antonio to a seven game victory and bring about the demise of the “Big 3″ in South Beach. Miami has gotten to the point where this team relies too much on Superman to carry them home. It is going to have to be more than a one man show if the Heat wants to keep their dreams of joining NBA history alive.
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh failed to come through for the Heat when LeBron was carried out of the game, and that simply cannot happen against the deep, talented Spurs. If Miami can’t solve this, their chances of history will meet its maker.