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Blown air conditioning circuit breaker leads to steamy Finals Game 1

Jun 5, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — As Game 1 of the went along the AT&T Center in San Antonio felt more and more like the old Boston Garden.

Not because of the vocal, loud crowd (although there is that), but rather the heat and humidity — it was hot and getting warmer all game.

By the end of the third quarter it was 89 degrees in the building according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN (who apparently carries a thermometer around). I can vouch for that from inside the building, the heat has been escalating all game and it’s also very humid. It felt like bikram basketball.

The reason was an air conditioning malfunction that could not be quickly repaired, reports Ken Berger of who wandered the bowels of the AT&T Center for the story.

According to building workers, an overheated circuit breaker was the culprit. Engineers in the bowels of the building were trying to get the breaker to cool down in the hopes that air conditioning could be restored.

If unsuccessful, the only other solution appeared to be installing a new circuit breaker on Saturday.

Here is the official statement from the AT&T Center:

“An electrical failure for the power that runs the AC system in the AT&T Center has occurred. We are continuing to work on resolving the problem. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever played in anything like this since I left the islands,” said Tim Duncan, a native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, after the game.

NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said there was never any consideration of stopping the game, no conversations with the referees, because the playing conditions were never dangerous (players were not slipping on condensation on the court).

The heat just made conditioning a bigger deal in what has been a tightly contested Game 1. LeBron James was feeling it and eventually had to leave the game, barely playing the final 7:31 of the game.

  1. jaydm84 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Pretty inexcusable for a professional arena.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Things happen. It’s not like only one team was affected.

    • hwatt - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      yeah i know, imagine if all the lights went out during a championship game…. sounds pretty dumb

    • antistratfordian - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Bush league. Especially at this level for the championship series.

      • limonadamas - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        You think this was intentional? hahaha

      • antistratfordian - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Hey – we’ve heard of all sorts of shenanigans in professional sports. It wouldn’t surprise me.

    • daddyghi - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      yeah… pretty much… would you really believe that a 25,000 seating, state of the art tech arena would run all those air conditioning wiring in to 1 circuit?

  2. imbetterthanyou - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    As inexcusable as the AC failure might be, the spurs were in the same arena. Benefits of having a deep roster…

    • jaydm84 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      That’s not to point. A professional arena should have working a/c. It’s not San Antonio High school gymnasium.

      • imbetterthanyou - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        What is not to point? Were the spurs wearing some sort of temperature regulating, invisible exoskeleton that kept them at a cool 72 degrees?
        There is no denying it’s ridiculous that the AC went out, only that it is an absurd excuse to say that coat the heat the game, seeing as they played in the exact same circumstances…
        Read a book Lana

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    14-16 and 6-6 from 3 sealed the deal. I’m pretty sure LeBron running in Miami with all those kids chasing him for that commercial should have prepared him for this.

    Both team had to deal with it. The Spurs manned up.

  4. csbanter - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    That was BS in San Antonio a state of the art facility with no backup cooling system. Definitely some home cooking.

  5. wallabear - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Oil-rich Texas can’t maintain working A/C in a giant arena where a professional sports Final is taking place. Unacceptable. LeKing had better be able to play on Sunday, else the Heat Organization should pursue legal damages.

    • Miami305 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      I’m sure that this was done on purpose and before the game the Spurs were loaded up on Gatorade or some other concoction prepared to handle the loss of fluids.

      Spurs are illegitimate

  6. antistratfordian - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I’m not convinced that someone didn’t break the A/C off on purpose knowing LeBron suffers from cramps when in hot temperatures.

    But whatever the reason, the Spurs got lucky, because Miami was about to win this game. They better hope the air conditioning is still broken for Game 2.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:54 AM

      If the story is accurate, Plan A is not to replace the breaker. This supports one of the lessons of life: stupidity explains muck-ups way more often than malice does.

    • titansbro - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      He should have hydrated better. Cramps are easy to avoid.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:34 AM

        Well that’s easy to say now… but from his POV he was hydrating as much as he could have. It’s not like James and the trainers were taking hydration lightly.

  7. ufools - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    If you can’t stand the Heat…..

    • drewzducks - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      No one can stand the Heat.

  8. doublebro - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I’m sure Lebron has never played basketball in anything but indoor climate controlled arenas.

  9. cruzan80 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    The excuses being made by Heat fans so far are even more pathetic than I imagined….SMH.

  10. mannyicey - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Meanwhile, it was over 90 degrees in Atlanta and I saw a bunch of kids (including my son) playing 5-on-5 full court in the sun. This, my friends, is why you hydrate properly.

  11. twesty85 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Did someone really say they did this knowing lebron gets cramps in high temperatures? Really? Do you think he’s the only one? Cramps are not exclusive to Lebron. No one on either team had cramps, only Lebron. It was hot the whole game so they could have prepped better at halftime. Eat a banana and keep hydrated, moved to the second half. Only losers use excuses like cramps. Maybe it’s lebron’s time of the month.

  12. djshnooks - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Way to take the “Boston Garden” comment straight from the tv broadcast. Lol.

  13. scrp2 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    I would have gave the maintenance man $20 to head down to Walmart for a new fuse.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Lay off the growth hormone. This is the downside to having inhumanely low levels of body fat due to foreign substances.

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