Friday, August 29, 2014
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James vows to be ready for Heat in Game 2

ASSOCIATED PRESS Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: Making no excuses
ASSOCIATED PRESS Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: Making no excuses
If THE NBA FINALS resumed last night, there was no way LeBron James could have play.

There's no game until tomorrow.

And James plans to be ready by then.

With his gait still affected by severe cramping and dehydration, and feeling the effects of a sleepless night brought on by several trips to the bathroom - an unavoidable drawback of having his body filled with fluids - James insisted he will play when the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs get together for Game 2 of the Finals.

"I'll be in uniform on Sunday," James said. "I should be 100 percent on Sunday. Obviously, I'm going to take it light today. Training staff said I should take it light today. Give the body another day to recover. Tomorrow, I should be back on my feet full go - and I got all day Sunday to get ready for Sunday night.

Up by seven at one point in the fourth quarter, Miami fell apart in the final minutes, and James' ugly departure from cramping could have easily had something to do with that. San Antonio's lead was 94-92 after James scored with 4:09 left; he was out of the game for good and unable to move 10 seconds later. From that point, the Spurs finished on a 16-3 run.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made no excuses, simply saying the two-time defending NBA champions needed to close the deal, James or no James.

"He's a competitor at the highest level," Spoelstra said. "So it was killing him being on that sideline, but you also have your health to look after. Look, 99.9 (percent) of people have never pushed their body to that level, at that level where you're past the point where your tank is empty and your body shuts down. For a competitor and for the best player in the game at this level to constantly push his body past that point, I think, is incredibly admirable."

Spoelstra revealed James took seven anti-cramping pills during the game.

Meanwhile, the air conditioning was working again at AT&T Center and the NBA said a faulty breaker caused the breakdown. Arena events this weekend, including a concert last night and WNBA game today, were proceeding as scheduled.

Also, Gatorade issued an apology over some tweets that made light of James' cramps. James is an endorser of Powerade, a rival sports drink.


* The Utah Jazz will hire Hawks assistant Quin Snyder as their next head coach, according to multiple reports. He would replace Tyron Corbin, who parted ways with Utah this summer when his contract expired. He was hired after the retirement of Jerry Sloan in 2010. It would be the first NBA head-coaching position for Snyder, 47, who has held a variety of coaching positions over the last 20 years, including in college and the NBA D-League.

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