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LeBron says he does not feel “normal,” Spoelstra says he’ll monitor him, trust depth more

Jun 8, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

Erik Spoelstra Erik Spoelstra

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James said he is ready to go for Game 2 Sunday night, but added he is still feeling some of the effect of the cramps he suffered in Game 1.

He said he does not feel “normal.”

So exactly how many minutes can the Heat’s Mr. Everything go?

“Not sure,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Game 2 Sunday night in San Antonio. “I’m open to it. I’ll read it. Obviously we’ll be attentive to it, and if we need to go deeper (into the bench), we will. Anticipate we might have to. He’s been through every situation you can possibly go through. We had an extra day of rest and we’ll manage it.”

The good news for the Heat is the air conditioning is working and on in the building.

Spoelstra talked about the Heat trusting their depth, but he tends not to really lean on it the way the Spurs and Gregg Popovich does. In Game 1 of the Finals, despite his cramping, LeBron James played almost 33 minutes. Rashard Lewis, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen were all over 30 minutes, and Norris Cole played 29. Those heavy minutes in the heat had Miami players wilting more than Spurs players at the end, when San Antonio pulled away for the win.

One Heat player we could see more of is Chris Andersen.

The Birdman has been limited because of a thigh bruise suffered in the Pacers series. He played 17:32 in Game 1 but wasn’t as explosive and impactful as he had been against the Spurs last season. Miami could use minutes from him to protect the paint and challenge Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter inside.

“He actually looked probably his best yesterday in practice,” Spoelstra said. “So we will see. You know, it was a rough week for him, but he’s getting better each day.”

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Double up on the Midol LeGina.

    • buffalowned - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Serious question… and I doubt you’ll answer but how old are you? I think a lot of us would like to know.

  2. jzone954 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    ^ my goodness you’ve become a disgrace son.

  3. jzone954 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Matter of fact forget I even said anything. Do you bro…

  4. antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Him not feeling normally usually means he’ll have a big game.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Jesus… let me try again…

      Him not feeling normal usually means he’ll have a big game.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        Guess the eggs on their face.

        Had Heat moneyline today to make up for the abomination that was game 1. Heat (and by Heat let me make that clear: LeBron) never let me down twice in a row.

  5. thetooloftools - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Real Champions don’t make excuses.

  6. wallabear - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    It’s a team sport. Let everyone do their part, and not just put it all on LeKing. But nice to see LeKing in-the-paint, an’ takin’-it-to-da-Hoop.

  7. tampajoey - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Maybe he’s pregnant

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      but cramps usually precede bleeding

  8. sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    First half is now in the books…

    LBJ played 18 min’s in the first half, a good amount. Bosh played 19. All others less than LBJ.

    The Spurs had one man at 19 and one at 18 and all others with less min’s as well…

    Aren’t holding him out yet…

    Setting him up to tighten up in the 4th again?

    Here’s guessing he’ll be fine with AC and and all the experts doing everything possible with and for him the past two days…

  9. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Top three active coaches:

    1. Popovich
    2. L. Drew
    3. Spoelstra

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Larry Drew? You for real??

      I give you a thumbs up for good trolling.

  10. kb2408 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Ok, yesterday he said he was 100%…which one is it, LBJ?

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Apparently 100%

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      Off topic between us or any other Laker that wants to jump in…who you want with the #7?

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