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Friday Heat report: LeBron update; Chalmers "trying to figure out where I fit in"; Wade calls for change

A Friday Heat update:

### Colleagues Joe Goodman and Greg Cote will have pieces on LeBron and CrampGate posted later, but here's a Cliff Notes version of where things stand:

The Spurs announced the air conditioning at AT & T Center has been fixed. LeBron said he "should be 100 percent" on Sunday, though he said was "pretty sore" on Friday "from muscles spasming up."

He said he has done all he can to prevent cramping, but the issue has happened several times, in high school, in the 2012 NBA Finals and several other incidents.

"The body just decides to shut down. I've hydrated as much as I could, to the point where your stomach feels like you can't take it anymore.... I could have gotten myself in more trouble if I had tried to play through a cramp and I pulled something and it got worse."

LeBron conceded it was "bad timing on my part. It's not an excuse but there were some extreme conditions."

Erik Spoelstra said James took seven cramping pills Thursday and James said he had 2 1/2 bags of IV last night. He said he had to get up six or seven times between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. and couldn't sleep at all.

James said he has been tested for cramps throughout his career and has been cleared medically.

"Very angry, very disappointed in myself," he said. "Body failed me. Wasn't there to help my teammates when they needed me."

CHALMERS STRUGGLING

Mario Chalmers doesn’t necessarily need to deliver one of those classic Mario moments, such as a key late-game basket or a 20-point outburst. But the Heat needs a more efficient, productive Chalmers than the one who was turnover-prone and foul-prone in the Heat’s Game 1 loss.

“Everybody knew I was frustrated with the foul trouble I got into early,” he said. “When I got back in the game, I was trying to press too much, trying to get back the minutes I wasn’t playing. I’ve got to be more patient in my pick and rolls and try to find more gaps.”

Limited to 17 minutes by foul trouble, Chalmers committed five turnovers compared with one assist and scored three points, missing two of three shots. Tony Parker, who was outscored by Chalmers in the final two games of last year’s Finals, thoroughly outplayed him Thursday, with 19 points and twice as many assists (eight) as turnovers.

“I’ve got to be careful with my touch fouls,” Chalmers said. “I get a lot of touch fouls, got to figure out a way to adjust to the referees.”

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Chalmers “needs to be more attentive to technique and [quicker] in his thought process.”

Chalmers’ 2.3 to 1 assist to turnover ratio in postseason is actually slightly better than his regular season ratio, but his scoring average is down from 9.8 to 6.8. In fact, the 6.8 would be the fewest points per game he has averaged in a postseason, down from 11.3 and 9.4 during the Heat’s past two championship runs.

That’s largely a result of taking fewer shots. Chalmers averaged 9.0 field-goal attempts per game in the Heat’s 2011-12 title run, and 8.0 last postseason.

This postseason, that number has plunged to 5.8. Chalmers is shooting well on threes (40.5 percent) but has taken only 37, compared with 92 and 68 over the previous two postseasons.

“The shot is always open, so you’re supposed to shoot those shots,” he said. But “I’ve got to keep my teammates involved.”

Chalmers said there is “nothing injury-wise, nothing personal” that’s affecting him, but he indicated he’s still adjusting to a subtle change that Erik Spoelstra made.

“I don’t think I’m handling as much as I was in the previous playoffs,” he said. “But it’s something coach made an adjustment to. I’ve got to figure out another way to be effective.”

So even in his fourth Finals, Chalmers conceded Friday that he is “just trying to figure out where I fit in in the playoffs right now.”

Shane Battier reiterated Thursday that when Chalmers “plays well, we play well. When he takes care of the ball, we’re a markedly better team. Turnovers were an issue [for him in Game 1]. There wasn’t the crispness we needed. Against Parker, when you are not dialed in, it makes for a long night.”

WADE SPEAKS OUT

Spoelstra played nine players in Game 1, opting not to use Udonis Haslem, among others, and Dwyane Wade said that must change.

“We’ve got to go a little deeper into our bench,” he said. “I look forward to us using more guys next game, keep guys fresher. I feel part of our downfall in that game was mental and physical fatigue down the stretch.”

### The Heat is 12-0 after its past 12 postseason losses. Also, the Heat lost the first game in each of the past two Finals --- against Oklahoma City and San Antonio --- but went on to win both series.

### Bosh and Shane Battier laughed uproariously when informed that Jonathan Martin, who quit the Dolphins midway through last season, tweeted during the game about James: “C’mon bruh. Drink a Gatorade and get out there.”

Said Battier: "Everyone's got an opinion."

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John Joffre

Funny that a man that quit because of menstrual cramps is complaining about someone else. Still a wussy.

El CHINGADO (olerle whey_

Cmon bro bring a gator Incognito is tearing up his playpen

Heatless

Lebron "Achilles heel" the San Antonio Heat ;)

linus

basketball is sooooo boring. when is the real deal going to start


lets go dolphins

rboud

It's quite telling what Wade said about substitutions. If Spoelstra was ever going to use his bench, it should have been last night. A nine man rotation is fine when the AC is working, but not when the temperature is plus 90 degrees. I've never criticized Spoelstra before, but he lost sight of what was happening on the court last night. The Heat win that game if LeBron doesn't go down. That was their game to win. The Spurs will not play another game in the series that poorly on offense. This game may cost the Heat the Championship.

Dashi

WADE SPEAKS OUT

Spoelstra played nine players in Game 1, opting not to use Udonis Haslem, among others, and Dwyane Wade said that must change.

“We’ve got to go a little deeper into our bench,” he said. “I look forward to us using more guys next game, keep guys fresher. I feel part of our downfall in that game was mental and physical fatigue down the stretch.”

So it isn't just Dashi?

To the clown before, Dashi has played the game and understands what he is watching. While you have never even dribbled a ball.

Stick to your pots and pans. And you guys can't even do that right. You non rhythm having troll.

Wow...

Hey Dummy, The Heat and Spurs both played 9 players and the Heat PLAYED THEIR BENCH MORE THAN THE SPURS.

You're an idiot. And a clown who talks about himself in the first person.

TK SWANN

I'M SORRY BUT IN 40 YEARS OF WATCHING AND FOLLOWING SPORTS THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE I'D LIKE TO PUNCH IN THERE FACE. 1. BILL ROMANOSKI (SPITTING) AND JONATHAN MARTIN(CRY BABY QUITTER) I CANNOT STAND BOTH. THERE ARE OTHERS BUT LATELY THOSE TWO COMES TO MIND..OH YEAH! CHARLES BARKLEY IS A CLOSE 3RD BUT I DO LIKE BARKLEY PLUS CHARLES WILL HIT BACK HARD.. IF LAST NOT WASN'T A DELIBERATE ATTEMPT BY SPURS ORGANIZATION THEN WHY WAS PAPER FANS PLACED ON ALL THE SEATS PRIOR TO THE AC GOING OUT ? AND NOW AFTER ALL IS WELL AND THEY GOT THERE RESULTS THE AC IS FIXED !! GTFOH ! IT IS CLEAR WHO EVERYONE WANTS TO WIN THIS SERIES.. WON'T WORK !! HEAT IN 6..

Penguin

Chalmers is a fouler and mama is a howler.

Mike Cook

TK Swann - In 40 years of watching sports have you ever seen spirit signs? The fans were simply using what was handy to try and cool themselves in an uncomfortable situation. No conspiracy theories please - this is a memorable match-up that deserves better than unsupported speculation.
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Also... Spurs in 6!
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Bernard

Mario sucks!

Bernard

The coach and Lebron's teammates let him down in that game. Like Danny Green said when the best player on your team goes out the other guys need to step up and that did not happen!

Get out Lebron while you can because this clueless coach is killing you!

TK SWANN

Good point Mike but I would not give you a fan prior to the ac going out if I didn't know the ac was malfuntion prior to it going down...Every seat had a fan already placed in it Why? You mean to tell me hours before the game you cannot tell me there wasn't knowledge that something was wrong!! The NBAPA has ruled that the conditions were not suitable to play but yet the game was played anyway.. If Coach POP didn't have prior knowledge than why did he coach accordingly ? Because he seen this sh..t before by the Spurs.. Now Mike don't get me wrong but even had James played it does not take away from the Spurs performance in the 4th qt but the way the game was going it obvious his absence made a difference.. Remember Game 6 last year(I bet you do) Tim Duncan absence allow Bosh to get the rebound and pass to Allen.. Had Duncan been in the game is it guranteed he would gotten the rebound ? No! but with the way the series had gone it is very possible especially against Bosh.. The Spurs plan was to tire the heat in the 4th qt with the lack of air(old Boston Celtic tactic) They knew Lebron has cramp issues and have had them since high school.. the strategy worked and now the ac is all of a sudden fixed.. Despite that here is what you need to pay attention too.. The Spurs have a problem with the Heat defensive quickness (23 to) if this cannot be corrected you are in deep trouble whether home court or not and remember this "Danny Green" 0 pts when lebron guarding him,Ginobilli 0 pts when Lebron guarding him, Leonard 0 pts when Lebron guarding him..that equal a 7pt Spurs trailing...Pray the Ac goes out again or you could very well be in trouble in Game 2 !! It won't matter Heat in 6..

Bernard


The Spurs played well (other than the turnovers) in game 1. In game 1, the Heat also had a turnover problem (too many empty possessions on the road)and their mental errors cost them the game (they were late on their rotations the last 4-5 minutes of the game...they may have been fatigue). So the Heat actually had more turnovers and mental errors than the Spurs...that is why they lost. Chalmers play was awful...the Heat should start Allen or Douglas (Parker should be guarded the entire 94 feet because he is the ONLY starter on the Spurs that can create shots for other players in their starting line-up).

Mike Cook

TK - Enough with the heat affecting the Heat and Spurs Fans using fans. Those people in the stands folded up and cooled themselves with the spirit signs placed in their seats along with the predictable T-shirts most NBA teams give out for prestige games.

Sorry, no X-Files conspiracy here - just an ill-prepared city utility falling on its collective rear-end in front of a live national audience. Embarrassing, but fixed.

Mike Cook

Bernard - If creating shots for other players means assists then all Pop's players pass up a good shot to give another one the great shot. Assists from Game 1 (Duncan starts)

Green:1 Belinelli:1 Duncan:3 Diaw:6 Parker:8 Ginobili:11

Manu doesn't start but he plays a lot of minutes with four others that do.

I hope Spo chooses to guard Tony Parker for 94 feet. He usually leaves the defender in his rear-view when they try that, giving him a 5-on-4 at the other end. Great ESPN highlights!

Objective Fan

Hey TK:
Take an English class, your grammar sucks and makes you sound retarded. CrampGate; what a bunch of BS. Also, the Spurs lost last year because of the "no call" when Ginobili got mugged with 3 seconds left on a lay-up attempt in Game 6.

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