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LBJ cramps create circus

SURPRISINGLY surfacing in the aftermath of the 110-95 rout of San Antonio over Miami in last Friday’s Game 1 of the best-of-seven 2014 NBA Finals were the malfunctioning aircon and the twin cramps that hit LeBron “LBJ” James.

 Did the aircon conk out or someone sabotage the game as to disable the aircon to inflict harm on the Heat, mentally if not physically?

 As things turned out, LBJ, perhaps due to unbearable hit, got hit by leg cramps.

 LBJ was overheard during timeout as having said, “I am having difficulty breathing.”

 While on the bench or during timeouts, packs of ice draped LBJ’s nape and also those of his famous teammates Chris Bosh and Dywane Wade.

 The stifling heat forced officials to distribute hand-fans to spectators.

 At the 7:31 mark of the fourth quarter, with San Antonio up at 94-92, LBJ left the game on cramps.

 When he returned at the 3:59 mark, with San Antonio up at 94-90, LBJ drove to push Miami to within 92-94.

 Unfortunately, the cramps returned after the slashing lay-up, banishing LBJ for good.

 Danny Green banged a quick three and Manu Ginobili followed that up with a basket for San Antonio’s 99-92 margin before the Spurs dropped a finishing 11-0 blast after a Mario Chalmers’ triple for Miami.

 San Antonio’s blazing windup gave the Spurs a 1-0 lead in the rematch of last year’s championship showdown won by Miami in seven games after the Heat stole an improbable Game 6 after forcing overtime on a buzzer-beating triple by Ray Allen from an incredible rebounded feed by Chris Bosh.

 Thus, in today’s Game 2, again in San Antonio territory at AT&T Center, the question will be, will there be no more aircon malfunction?

 I am sure the answer is yes.  San Antonio will only be too embarrassed as to suffer another ignominy as a result of the sauna bath-like conditions on Friday.

 And if ever they would deploy security to guard the Center’s aircon area, why, that would be perfect.  That would erase all doubts about perceptions of sabotage. Again.

 Now, if temperatures are finally back to normal today and yet, LBJ would still be struck by game-crippling cramps, then maybe, just maybe, it’s his thirst-quencher, VD.

 And what was that drink again that replaced LBJ’s former drink just a while back?  Was it Powerade replacing Gatorade?

 What I know is, cramps usually happen due to lack of potassium, among several reasons.  And, talking from experience, bananas are the best antidote for cramps.  Look at Tiger Woods.  He eats bananas before, during and after every round of golf.  He doesn’t get cramps.  He remains the world’s No. 1.

 Aircon malfunction?  Gatorade?  Powerade?

 Ah, whatever, but the fact is, with LeBron James not healthy or out of the game, Miami is bound to lose.  Almost. Watch today’s Game 2.

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 ALL IN    Kia Motors will hold its press conference today to finally make official its intention to join the next PBA season—the league’s 40th—starting possibly in October.  Company president Ginia Domingo will preside over the proceedings, with Manny Pacquiao himself expected to grace the occasion and to also officially accept the post as head coach of the team.  Earlier named to compose Pacquiao’s coaching staff are Glenn Capacio, Louie Gonzales and Rob Wainwright.  All the best, fellas.

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