The story that everyone is taking away from Game 1 of the NBA Finals is not that the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, it’s that the air conditioning broke inside the AT&T Center and began cooking everyone inside.
LeBron James cramped up and left the game, the players were overheated and things just got messy really quickly. But the story apparently doesn’t end there as if we go down the rabbit hole a bit, we discover that the Spurs may or may not have pulled one over on Miami.
Danny Green talked about the heatwave inside of the AT&T Center and noted that the San Antonio Spurs had cooling fans in their locker room to combat the heat while such a thing was nowhere to be seen inside of the Miami locker room.
Danny Green says Spurs had cooling fans in their locker room at halftime. Heat did not have them. Adam Silver said he wasn’t aware of that.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 6, 2014
It’s tough to say that this is some sort of violation of NBA rules, as you couldn’t have fully prepared for the air conditioning to breaking — or maybe you could. The Spurs sure seemed prepared for such a thing to happen and left the Heat out to roast.
That’s a suggestion of a conspiracy theory but it’s not hard to draw that conclusion. What this undoubtedly was is the most perfect case of homecourt advantage we’ve ever seen and it’s something that won’t sit well with Heat fans.