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LeBron James, Heat joking about cramps at this point, but happy for extra day off

Jun 7, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — Having spent a couple of days seemingly only getting asked about leg cramps and how to recover from them, LeBron James and the Miami Heat were pretty much just joking around about it Friday.

Such when LeBron was asked how he could test out his body and recovery before Game 2.

“The conditions are nowhere near extreme as they was, unless I decide to run from here to the hotel, that’s the only way I would be able to test my body out,” he said with a laugh.

“We anticipate we will play in a very cool gym,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We will have to deal with that now. I don’t know if guys will be wearing tights under their shorts and long-sleeved shirts, I don’t know.”

LeBron cramping up and missing almost all of the final seven minutes of Game 1 — and the Heat falling apart in that time, losing to the Spurs 110-95 — has been the story line for a couple days. LeBron did go through some practice with the Heat on Saturday

“The soreness is starting to get out,” LeBron said. “I’m feeling better than I did yesterday and with another day, I should feel much better tomorrow…

“(My plans are) A lot of treatment, icing, stretching, obviously I’m going to get some cardio in today, get the heart rate going. A lot of fluids, kind of get my body above the curve.”

How Hard was Spoelstra going to push him in practice?

“Whatever he’s willing to do. It’s not going to be a Bahamas-like training camp practice today…” Spoelstra said, referencing the Heat’s training camp this season in the Bahamas. “Yesterday was all about rest and hydration and building his body back up. Thankfully we had that extra day.”

What the Heat were really focusing on is taking the steps to even this series — the last 12 times they have lost a playoff game they have bounced back with a win. They have yet to lose a playoff series in the “big three era” after losing Game 1 of a series.

“We need to do what we do better and harder,” Spoelstra said trying to talk around adjustments. “They make it tough with their passing and, you know, getting into the paint with their rolls and spreading you out with three-point shooters. So we need to do that better, there is no question about it.”

Chris Bosh put it this way.

“Coach didn’t want to get too much into it, but mainly on defense and on offense the way they flattened us out, things we could have done better, make simpler passes, simple cuts that would have opened up the floor a little bit for us, and we could have gotten into our game,” Bosh said. “Especially those last three and a half minutes, we could have done a much better job. We look at those and try to capitalize and fix those mistakes for Game 2.”

They had an extra day to think about all of that. And rest.

  1. lakerade - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Not a Heat fan (obviously?) but the resiliency after playoff losses is impressive. Credit and respect to the coaching staff and to James’ leadership.

    • byoung2735 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:05 AM

      You mean Dwayne Wade’s leadership of course. James couldn’t lead his team in Cleveland to any rings and was usually the one to fail them in the finals. He’s an embarassment to the game and sports in general. I understand people are the way they are, but I can’t see how anyone could like the guy. If you’re a Heat fan, you’re a Wade fan. He’s done it without Bosh and he’s done it without the “King” who just happens to be the softest clutch player in the game by a mile – not in blowouts of course where she’s know to pad her stats nicely.

  2. antistratfordian - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    LeBron is probably going to see warm gyms on the road for the rest of his career now.

  3. chazatlas - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Yeah the king better joke about it. He mocked Dirk Nowitzki having a sinus infection during the 2011 Finals and lost.

    • byoung2735 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:24 AM

      It’s funny right? This guy bailing on his team (all facing the same conditions and some with similar minutes) in the 4th quarter and putting them in a 1-0 hole to climb out of. Let’s make some jokes about that. Just shows his overall attitude towards winning. If Wade retires he’ll be back to gagBron with or without the menstrual issues.

      And anyone please don’t tell me about how much effort he puts in compared to other players. The guy takes 1/2 the plays off on defense, and Wade usually scores almost as many points as him anyway.

  4. jollyjoker2 - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    maybe he should take midol.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Is that what you take for your cramps little girl.

  5. officialgame - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I can’t blame James it’s nature and it was that time of month.

  6. fordmandalay - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    So is there an ‘official NBA’ temperature that arenas must stay at? If not, what temperature would it have to be before the NBA steps in and demands it to be cooler? If I was San Antonio, I’d now do the exact thing the Celtics were allowed to get away with for years and keep the temp up as high as possible. Unless IT’S IN THE RULES, the League can’t complain.

  7. rodge1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    The envy the haters have is hilarious.

    • byoung2735 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      Oh sure who isn’t envious of being the only player on the court, one of the youngest, apparently in incredible shape, to get carried off the court in game one of the NBA finals, due to a little dehydration. I’m sure MJ and Kobe are very envious of that legacy! LOL!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      They’re tiny pea brained losers. Not a thing more. Right Richie the CantonPeaBrain!

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Yeah, and there are so many of the haters! If the Heat aren’t hate-able, why are there so many?

  8. birdsofprey305 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM


    Pbt recently reported that Jordan missed a finals game due to cramps , do you suggest he take midol as well or does it only applies to Lebron because he’s Lebron.

  9. nicofthenorthstar - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Don’t forget the midol, El BJ.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Maybe you could give him some of yours young lady.

  10. duhwighthoward - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Why is he icing? Cold will make the muscle tense up. Heat relaxes and loosens it.

    And how hard is it to speak proper English?
    “The conditions are nowhere near extreme as they was.”

    • pphins4life12 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Doesn’t matter he is still more than likely richer than you will ever be.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        He went to a private high school and I assume he actually attended class. That school should be stripped of its accreditation if it hasn’t already.

        You would think his corporate sponsors pouring millions into him could afford to give him a couple of second-grade English lessons.

  11. wallabear - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Michael Jordan ain’t never won no basketball game by he-self. It’s a team sport, and teams win games, not one ball-hog like Michael Jordan. And y’all know LeKing is a better All-Around player, so stop the hate — and I’ll stop preachin’.

  12. byoung2735 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    Oh and when Johnathon Martin rips you it’s a sad day for sports. It’s too bad they didn’t call the wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhbulance for him!

  13. daubs17 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    ^^^^ Yourself included. This is the guy waiting outside the arena at the players parking lot with a fanny pack hoping for a Lebron autograph

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      In other words you’re not a hateful punk loser peabrain like CantonPeaBrain Richie.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        A.K.A. The New Yawk a$$hole.

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