Looking past all the mockery LeBron James has received due to his infamous cramp in game 1 of the Finals, the last two years have shown that he and the rest of the Miami Heat squad have found ways to bounce back after tasting defeat to kickoff a series.
In 2012, after losing game 1 of the Finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Heat came back to win game 2 in Oklahoma, and ended up winning the series 4-1.
In the second game of the series, James finished with 32 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds in the game. Dwayne Wade had 24 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds while Chris Bosh got himself 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Last year, the Heat lost game 1 to the San Antonio Spurs only to bounce back and win game 2 in San Antonio. James recorded 17 pts., 7 ast., and 8 rbs. in that game, while Bosh had himself another double-double by scoring 12 pts. and grabbing 10 boards. Wade wasn’t at all impressive by his standards, but fortunately for the Heat, Mario Chalmers had an unprecedented game by leading his team in scoring with 19 pts. over 35 minutes of play.
I’m guessing the AC will be fixed before the second game begins, and so will James and the rest of the Heat. The last two years have proven the Heat are superb at making adjustment and adapting to the challenges other teams have presented to them. However, the Spurs are equally proficient at this, and are certainly preparing in every way possible to keep the Heat from taking any momentum with them back to Miami.