Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra won’t blame the malfunctioning air conditioning system for the 110-95 Game 1 loss on Thursday night, but if that same situation presents itself again on Sunday for Game 2, he wants severe action to take place.
During a press conference on Friday at the Spurs’ practice facility, Spoelstra said the NBA should fine the Spurs if the A/C isn’t working at full capacity by the time Game 2 rolls though, per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated:
We’re not making any excuses for it. It was an extreme, unfortunate situation for both teams. It probably won’t happen again, ever. Now, we might have to deal with the absolute opposite in Game 7, who knows. It will be 55 degrees in the arena, unless they don’t get it fixed, which if they don’t, there should be a fine.
Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express reported earlier that the A/C will be good to go for Game 2, so Spoelstra should have one less thing to worry about on Sunday.
#Spurs confirm AC at AT&T Center has been repaired
— Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) June 6, 2014
The Spurs organization released a second statement, confirming the aforementioned report:
“The electrical failure that caused the AC system outage during Game 1 of the NBA Finals has been repaired. The AC system has been tested, is fully operational and will continue to be monitored. The upcoming events at the AT&T Center, including the Romeo Santos concert tonight, the Stars game on Saturday night and Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, will go on as scheduled.”