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Jason Terry believes Spurs’ air-conditioning outage might have been intentional

Jun 7, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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This season, 341 visiting players played a game in San Antonio.

Surely, in that large group, at least some believe the Spurs’ air-conditioning outage in Game 1 of the Finals was a nefarious plot.

And among that subset, it takes only one to speak out.

Jason Terry – who spent the last half of the season not playing for the Kings and battled San Antonio in the playoffs thrice previously with the Mavericks – is carrying that torch.

Terry on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, as transcribed by Bryan Gutierrez of

“You know what, Pop [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] has done that so many times. I don’t know if it’s a conspiracy, but I’m telling you, going into San Antonio is a tough place to play,” Terry said.

“And I can remember very well one time where it was cold showers, there were about a thousand flies in the locker room. This year, there was a snake in the locker room. So, they’re going to pull out all the stops to get into your head.

“When you go to San Antonio, expect something like that. And Miami fell victim to it.”

To be clear: I don’t believe the air-conditioning was anything more than it appeared to be – a chance electrical outage. Conspiracies are difficult to execute because, the more people involved, the harder they are to be kept secret. A plot like this would require, at minimum, an electrician to damage the system and a trainer to hydrate the San Antonio players. Likely, even more people would have to coordinate.

So, I don’t believe it.

But I can’t completely put it past the Spurs either.

Gregg Popovich snaps at reporters because protecting info might give San Antonio an edge. That’s the Spurs’ franchise culture. They’ll go to great lengths for even the slightest chance at an advantage.

Is it impossible to believe they’d crank up the heat if they thought it would help against Miami? (And with LeBron Jamescramps, it did help.)

Like the Spurs, the New England Patriots were once seen as a team that does everything the right way. And they committed Spygate.

These are competitors at the highest level. I don’t think we can ever fully trust we understand what limits they’ll set for themselves.

So, no, I don’t believe Popovich masterminded an air-conditioning conspiracy. But I don’t find Terry’s suspicions unrwarranted, either.

  1. arrogantnation - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Pop’s always reminded me of Belichick. Both are the best at what they do, but I wouldn’t put it past him honestly.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Regardless if you believe it or not, this article puts it exactly how it should. Did they do it intentionally? No. Is it a certainty that they didn’t? No. Is it entirely out of the question that Spurs organization could break the AC and have their team preparing for the game in extreme heat conditions? It’s unlikely but it’s not making a list of impossibles. All we can do is hope that they wouldn’t do that but if so, that it gets leaked so we can have something to talk about all summer lol

  2. thekiller678 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    If this is true that’s actually pretty messed up. Especially if they’re the only team in hte league that does it

    • goodtogo28 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      yes and from what i’m hearing, they’re planning to turn the temp down all the way into the single digits and next thing you know lebron would be leaving the game with frost bite.

      • thekiller678 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        I was talking about what he said about the snakes and flies.

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Every blog entry Feldman posts seems to have a negative slant towards the Spurs. What’s this guy’s deal? Even if this conspiracy is true, the league will have things rigged enough to make up for it and ensure precious LeBron gets another ring.

  4. xonxrocket - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Yes. The Spurs did that intentionally.

    They have a magic pill which they give their players that make them immune to high temperature and humidity.

    And Tim Duncan is a mutant.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Well, no – the idea is that they did it specifically to target LeBron, who everyone knows suffers from leg cramps in warm conditions that don’t usually affect other players.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        I suppose if anyone would know about the specifics of LeBron physically, it’s the guy who enjoys pleasuring every inch of it.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        Sure, so trust me on this one.

        The Spurs were up to no good. If they were on the level they would’ve offered Miami cooling fans at half time, like they had. That’s what the Heat organization would’ve done. But, as Jet said, the Spurs are in a little bit of a lower class.

      • ranfan12 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:59 AM

        lebron cramped up before in in cool conditions lol

      • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:18 AM

        well there you go. but once i heard the air conditioner was broken and it was hot (sometime in the first quarter) i knew it was only a matter of time before he was going to have leg cramps. i think every lebron fan probably thought the same thing at the same time… “uh oh”

    • Kevin S. - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      I’m fairly certain Tim Duncan does indeed have adamantium grafted to his skeletal structure.

    • dkwn36 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM


    • 24thesho - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Tim Duncan grew up in the Caribbean, so, of course he’d be able to handle it.

  5. jasper36 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Although I don’t think it hurt one team more than the other. What if the Spurs were prepared for the climate. Listening to Jason Terry, I get the feeling that this is a possibility. But most people won’t entertain it because it’s the Spurs, who knows. I would also add that I don’t think the Spurs could foresee Lebrons cramps. I think if anything it was more for a physiological edge, if for any edge at all.

  6. andiroid71 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    This story is a waste of pixels….and I just wasted more. Grow up people.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    By giving Terry the benefit of the doubt, you’ve proven yourself to be as stupid as he is.

    • kb2408 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Well said! What are the requirements for becoming a “writer” on this site? Evidently, not very much. So, those responsible for this “plot” somehow knew that the most finely conditioned player on the court, and arguably in the NBA, would be the one most affected. Just stupid. This foolishness makes me root for the Spurs even more.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        You guys are right.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        In all of the games where I’ve seen LeBron cramp, it was due to warm conditions, and he was the only one cramping. Any time he plays under those conditions he is the first to feel it. So it isn’t “stupid” at all. It’s genius. Evil genius.

  8. itmgrindmachines - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Didn’t know that JT was still playing, he’s full of it and just trying to stay relavent.

  9. thenmoveback - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Why did the spurs have cooling fans in the locker room at halftime and the Heat didn’t…spurs and pop where preparing for no ac hours before while the heat found out in the first quarter. I don’t think they intentionally cut the ac but they knew hours before hand about the problem and didn’t mention it to anyone outside the spurs organization.

    • kb2408 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Oh, well. It’s not called a “home court advantage” for nothing.

      • thenmoveback - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Ok I can agree with that. Still shady on the spurs half…but all they really did was anger the Beast that is LeBron James. Can’t wait for game 2.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      If you can’t handle 88 degree heat, you are a beeyatch.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        There isn’t anybody on the planet who can do everything LeBron does and keep going in 90 degree heat for an entire game without issue. So we’re all beeyatches.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM



    • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Yeah, there was definitely some shenanigans going on. A Jet is probably right when he said: “For an event of that magnitude, to say that the AT&T Center’s air-conditioning is not working — there’s definitely something wrong with that.”

  10. gordonmgm - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Obviously they didn’t know that LeBron would have cramps and be forced to tap out. But turning off the A/C significantly plays into the Spurs favor, as one of their strengths is having the deeper bench. There’s no way to validate Jason Terry’s assertion, but his examples are interesting to say the least.

  11. rayburns - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Yeah, the Spurs decided to crank the heat because they were certain that one of the most finely conditioned athletes in the world would suffer cramps before their 38 year old star would.

    Yeah, makes perfect sense…

    • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Well, doesn’t it? LeBron is known for cramping in warm gyms when no one else appears similarly affected. Duncan isn’t. It has absolutely nothing to do with age. Why doesn’t that make sense?

      • gatorfan1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        No doubt they hired a little green man from area 51 to stand behind a grassy knoll to pull the switch, which of course is all controlled by the Illuminati through subliminal messages!!!

      • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        In professional sports conspiracies are real – teams and players do try to cheat and hide it. Ask any LeBron hater, they will agree with me 100%.

  12. brugis23 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Jason who???

    • ranfan12 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:38 AM

      lol jason pulled his fair amount of weight in the league and contributed nicely to a ring. he’s talking crazy but he isn’t smush parker or anything

  13. Professor Fate - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Today I learned LeBron James never breaks a sweat unless it’s in an air-conditioned gym. Miami is at least as hot and humid as San Antonio. Maybe your conditioning should include actually working out in conditions that aren’t ideal, instead of being known as a guy who “cramps up easily.”

  14. Nadeem - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Shouldnt the Miami Heat just rename themselves? Obviously, their best player cannot stand the heat. How about Miami Air Conditioners?

  15. jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    That time LeBron dunked RIGHT in Terry’s face might have influenced Terry’s opinion. After all, when you’re flat on your back looking up at the greatest basketball player in the world, you might just get a little intimidated.

  16. jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    Bottom line: LeBron’s an Ohio guy who can’t take Texas or Florida heat. Look at a map and notice west of San Antonio there’s desert and that’s it! Miami, of course, is as far south as central Mexico. Not making excuses. Not a Heat fan. I’m a fan of the west, and want to eat Mexican seafood in San Antonio more than mingle with yuppies in South Beach.

    Somewhere, Red Auerbach is chomping a big stogey and smiling.

  17. bballhistorian - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:31 AM


  18. ravenswhat - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    You have to be a real gullible person to not think pops was up to shenanigans here. We all know Lebron has a history of cramping up. Pops pulled something here. No doubt. Doesn’t matter though because the Heat will win tonight and then twice in Mia to put pops and co on the ropes.

  19. fordmandalay - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    The heat inside the arena knocked LeBron out of the game, helping the Spurs win. There is no rule in the NBA stating required temperatures for arenas. Therefore, the Spurs have every right not to cool the arena, and logically shouldn’t. The Celtics were allowed to do the same thing for decades and won many world championships. Keep the heat on, San Antonio.

  20. sdlakerfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    And Pop and the Spurs knew the heat wouldn’t affect the alleged target of ACgate until the middle of the 4th qtr…damn those guys are smart. He almost made it through the whole game people!

  21. seagram757 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Spurs broke their own ac on purpose? Lmao!

  22. redbaronx - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    You conspiracy theory idiots are really idiotic! So let me see if I understand. You think the Spurs waited an entire year to develop a plot to sabotage their AC so LeBron would cramp up instead of doing it last year? You think that Pops or someone from the Spurs organization told an AC professional to sabotage their AC unit and keep quiet about it? You think the Spurs would risk running foul of the NBA for a stunt like that risking a run at the title??? Remember how the Suns lost half their team for a game suspension and nixed their run at the Finals with Steve Nash. You really think the Spurs would risk getting penalized by the NBA???

    Give me a freaking break!!!

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