Wait, wait, wait. LeBron James can get tired? Which would imply he is then ... human?
“It took all in the tank from me in the third quarter," he said. "So I needed a little breather."
That's in reference to the decision by Erik Spoelstra to rest James (and Dwyane Wade) early in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Spurs to get back in the game and take a lead.
The Spurs had nine days off before playing the Heat, which spurred a lot of "rest or rust" talk. Apparently, rest wins.
“I can see it on a few of our guys' faces,” James said. “Felt a little fatigued, still a little banged up from that seven-game series.”
After that seven-game slugfest against the Pacers where LeBron averaged 43 minutes a game -- something the ESPN piece notes is LeBron's highest minute average over a seven-game stretch this season -- he wore down. He was playing monstrous in Game 1, putting up a triple-double that included 18 rebounds, but needed a second to regroup.
And, there's the catch that LeBron was tasked with switching to guard Tony Parker late in the fourth quarter, who obviously is a speedy jitterbug point guard who is extremely difficult to chase around countless screens.
Lucky for LeBron and the Heat that there's a two-day break before Game 2 on Sunday, meaning the Heat will get a second day to heal and rest. But after that, the series returns to San Antonio on Tuesday and there's just a day between each game.
So to recap, the old, crusty Spurs were the ones who had legs late in Game 1, while the superhuman alien cyborg LeBron James got tired. Makes sense.