If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the AT&T Center.
What overshadowed the San Antonio Spurs defeating the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night was the air conditioning in the building malfunctioning, causing the temperature to skyrocket to near unbearable warmth.
Mike Monroe of The San Antonio Express reported earlier that the broken A/C unit appears to be fixed and shouldn’t be an issue moving forward.
#Spurs confirm AC at AT&T Center has been repaired
— Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) June 6, 2014
In all fairness, the A/C breaking down was a freak accident and likely won’t happen again, but it’s something that certainly had a drastic effect on how both the Spurs and Heat performed in the opening game of the series.
Ben Bolch of The Los Angeles Times notes on his personal Twitter account that the AT&T Center will use two live events on both Friday and Saturday night to test the A/C system to ensure that it’s capable of staying functional through Game 2 and beyond.
Spurs will use the Romeo Santos concert on Friday and a San Antonio Stars WNBA game on Saturday as test runs for air-conditioning.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) June 6, 2014
Game 2 of the NBA Finals won’t take place until Sunday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET.
Based on the way LeBron James cramped up in the fourth quarter, perhaps the Spurs organization should take a hammer to the A/C unit and hedge their bets on the former NBA Most Valuable Player needing to sit out once again.