LeBron James couldn’t get too specific about his body’s recovery on Saturday, but the Miami Heat superstar did say that he has significantly improved since cramping up late in Thursday’s 110-95 series-opening loss in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
“I’m going to get some work done today, but there’s no way I can test my body for what I went through,” James said. “The conditions, the extreme conditions is nowhere near what it is. Unless I decide to run from here to the hotel, that’s the only way I’ll be able to test my body out. But I’m doing well. I’m doing a lot better. The soreness is starting to get out. So I’m feeling better than I did yesterday and, with another day, I should feel much better tomorrow.”
James has said he’ll be fine to play in Game 2. He has been getting treatment, icing, stretching and taking fluids, plus running and using an exercise bike for cardio. This is a taxing time, but “there are two weeks in the season, and then we all can go rest,” James said, reiterating that in Game 1 he pushed his body as far as it could go.
“I went until the tank was empty and used the reserve tank until my body just couldn’t go anymore” James said. “I’m going to try to do the same thing on [Sunday] — obviously I don’t want to go too far with running my tank out, I want to be able to finish the game — but you gotta have that mindset [where] there’s no tomorrow.”
Sunday’s game starts at 8 p.m. ET. The Heat haven’t lost consecutive playoff games since the 2012 Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.
NBA FINALS 06/08/14 8:00 EST
Miami Heat (0-1) -vs- San Antonio Spurs (1-0)
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