Editor’s note: After every playoff game the All U Can Heat staff weighs in on the “LeBron James Opt-O-Meter” — the real-time measurement of LeBron’s mood in regards to whether or not he will stay in Miami after he opts out of his contract this summer. It’s not difficult to understand: 1 means he’s gone, like ‘Seeyuh, Miami, I’m going to Los Angeles’ gone. 10 means he’s staying, like already signed the contract in red gel pen staying. Like going in on South Florida-based investments with David Beckham staying. The reading is the average combined rating from the AUCH staff.
6/5 Opt-O-Reading: 4.67
Wes Goldberg: 8. LeBron left the game and it was the perfect opportunity for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to bring the game home and show LeBron that the Heat can win games without him. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get it done.
David Ramil: Ugh. I’ll give it an 8. With James on the sideline, Miami soon collapsed at the end of the 4th quarter. A 4-point deficit soon led to an 11-0 run by the Spurs and the Heat looked lost with their leader on the bench. A sorry display to a game that was mostly positive for Miami…until it mattered most.
Blaine Hunkins: 6. The heat beat the Heat. LeBron got cramps and everything fell apart in the fourth quarter.
Ehsan Kassim: 1. Miami is warm and LeBron has issues cramping up in warm temperatures. No better excuse for him to use than this to return to Cleveland. This is about his legacy.
Chris Posada: 10. I turned my AC down to 72 and it didn’t help matters. But that was a joke. Heat’s hyperactive defense doesn’t lend itself to 90 degree temperatures, as they were gassed in the fourth. Now we’re going to be consulted by the Galactic Tribual of All Things Jordan for the next 3 days on how MJ would have played through cramps and reached a higher plane of existence while doing so. Heat still can steal one, but this felt like it was the one to get.
Jimmy Cook: -5. How can you host an NBA Finals in 2014 and NOT HAVE A WORKING A/C unit!? Absolutely ridiculous! LeBron still stays, but maybe the Spurs should leave. Too many teams in Texas, and you shouldn’t be allowed to host a spelling bee let alone a NBA Finals. Just frustrating. Forget it and Move on I guess, let’s focus on Game 2 and remember that since the Big 3 came together the Heat are a perfect 5-0 in the postseason after losing Game 1. Expect big things Sunday night.