LeBron James morphs from “Cramp Man” back to “King James” in Game 2 victory

Posted: 06/08/2014 in basketball
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LeBron James made it through an entire basketball game without experiencing leg cramps. Imagine that.

The hottest component of Game 2 of the NBA Finals was the superstar’s play as James had 35 points and 10 rebounds and the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 to even the series at one game apiece.

We all got to have a lot of fun at James’ expense after the facility in San Antonio was more like a sauna in Game 1 and the leg cramps served to deliver James a technical knockout. He apparently drank more fluids and took more supplements and appreciated that the Spurs finally figured out who could fix the air-conditioning system.

After a first-quarter in which he had more turnovers (three) than points (two), King James dominated the contest. He ended up 14-of-22 shooting and had little trouble shedding the defensive efforts of San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard as well as the nickname “Cramp Man.” (see stellar recap here – http://sltrib.sportsdirectinc.com/basketball/nba-boxscores.aspx?page=/data/NBA/results/2013-2014/recap882691.html).

Game 3 will be Tuesday in Miami as the Heat looks to take the lead in the series for the first time.

Some other thoughts:

–The stats say Dwyane Wade averaged 16.5 points over the first two games but the Miami Heat guard has had little impact. Almost hard to know when he’s on the floor as he no longer is an impact player. Sad to see a player who used to be a dominating talent settle into decline mode.

–Spurs power forward Tim Duncan had 18 points and 15 rebounds to tie Magic Johnson’s record of 157 career postseason double-doubles. But he also was invisible in the final quarter when he went scoreless and both Duncan and point guard Tony Parker missed two free throws in a nine-second span midway through the stanza. Duncan was stellar over the first seven quarters of the series before the empty fourth in Game 2.

–Chris Bosh hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 2 and also had another terrific play late in the contest. The Spurs opted to play defense instead of fouling in the final seconds and the Heat were able to both run the clock down and score a basket. Bosh made a move in which the Spurs thought he would settle for a short jumper in the lane and instead dished a pinpoint pass to Wade for a layup and a five-point lead.


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