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Air conditioning repaired at AT&T Center

Jun 6, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

AT&T center

SAN ANTONIO — Much to the relief of the left side of LeBron James’ body, the air conditioning system at the AT&T Center that were out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals has been repaired.

Here is the official statement from Spurs Sports & Entertainment (which runs the building):

“The electrical failure that caused the AC system outage during Game 1 of the NBA Finals has been repaired. The AC system has been tested, is fully operational and will continue to be monitored. The upcoming events at the AT&T Center, including the Ramon Santos concert tonight (Friday), the Stars game on Saturday and Game 2 of the NBA Finals, will go on as scheduled. We apologize for the conditions in the arena during last night’s game.”

Nothing to see here, move along.

But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was in a joking mode about it on Friday (which is easier to do after a win).

“I saw all the air conditioning workers in the hallway as I was leaving the building last night, so I sent them all home,” Popovich deadpanned.

The AC failed before Game 1 of the Finals and temperatures soared inside the AT&T Center to upwards of 90 degrees on the court, plus it was very humid. That caused LeBron James to cramp up (he barely played in the final 7:31 of the game) and other players on both teams to wilt. The Spurs, with their depth, withstood the conditions better and got a Game 1 win.

There is no blame here, as I sure all of you know from your own experience things break and usually at the worst possible time. They repaired it, and they get a couple of test runs in a full building before Game 2.

The NBA never seriously considered postponing or delaying the second half of Game 1 as the temperatures rose. First, there was no condensation on the court causing players to slip or risking injury, something NBA VP of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said after the game. There was no real danger to players.

So they went ahead with the game, LeBron cramped, the Heat wilted and the Spurs exploded down the stretch to pick up a comfortable Game 1 win.

Who knows what happens in Game 2, but at least the arena should be more comfortable.

  1. scrp2 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Great. Thank goodness the A/C is back up for the Ramon Santos concert.

    • romestar82 - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      I was mostly concern about the Stars game

  2. timcast12 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    How many excuses do we have to hear for LeBron and the AC?

  3. hojo20 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Thank god. I don’t want LeBozo to be too hot.

    • romestar82 - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM


      • buttfumbles - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        LeGina too

  4. sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    “These things happen”? No. When you are hosting a championship, you are ready for all contingencies. It’s a lucky thing no one in the crowd became dangerously ill from the conditions. The game should have been stopped, period. And the people who run the arena should be ashamed of themselves.

  5. chargerdillon - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    It amazes so many people are willing to overlook how far the Spurs would go just to insure a game 1 victory that even when a high level of cheating they still almost lost.

    If you don’t think that preparing for extremely adverse conditions and knowing they’re coming beforehand is not cheating, then i’m sorry for your lack of integrity.

    By all means, both teams had to play in that heat. But if the Spurs had any previous knowledge of such an event happening and prepare for it beforehand, that is an unfair edge, and that is cheating.

    Even with that, the Heat are going to win this series. The game should have never been as close as it was in San Antonio.

    For as classy of an organization as i consider the Spurs to be, i saw the AC tactic as nothing more than a classless act of cheating from a desperate team.

    • skids003 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I bet you are easily offended, aren’t you?

  6. asimonetti88 - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Cool infrastructure, San Antonio.

  7. cantonb0und13 - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    And people say Spurs fans are classy… Lmao!

  8. seasickcecil - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    The Heat go beat by the heat!

  9. ebrownwareagle - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    If I’m The Owner of The Spurs! The Ac will work Today! Broke Tomorrow.

  10. jayquintana - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Here’s the in depth details of the repair: the switch was turned from off to on.

  11. pbtunpaidwriter - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    it’ll mysteriously stop working at 8pm on sunday again…

  12. antistratfordian - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Nice one, San Antonio. Karma is not going to be happy about your shenanigans.

    • helixro14 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Somebody needs to sue they asses.

      • skids003 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Go have a good cry.

  13. wallabear - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Hmm… quick turnaround following the Spurs winning the game (rolling eyes) lol

  14. chargerdillon - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Why would you delete a completely appropriate comment calling this exactly what it was…. CHEATING

    Do the admins think that by deleting a comment calling the Spurs tactics cheating any less true by hiding the truth?

    It was and is cheating to use the tactics they did.

  15. kobebetterthanjordan - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Kobe Doesn’t get cramps, he’s got ice water running through his veins…

  16. newyorkball82 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Cheating? How was this cheating? Were the spurs practicing in these conditions or playing in these conditions all year to give them an edge? The game had no advantage to either team.

    • skids003 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Because they lost.

  17. namaths5thofwhiskey - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    How can you fix something that was never broken?

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