You’ll have to forgive me for having a little “writer’s cramp” when figuring out how to preview tonight’s Heat – Spurs Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Or maybe you won’t, because nobody forgave LeBron James for the extreme leg cramps that forced him to be carried off the floor in Game 1. LeBron watched from the bench as the Heat lost to the Spurs in San Antonio, but if the air conditioning holds up tonight, he hopes to be “watching” his team even the series while he joins them on the court. If you want to “watch,” you can watch Heat vs Spurs online free NBA Finals Game 2 in various ways.
LeBron James hasn’t endured this amount of ridicule and scorn since “The Decision” TV special when he announced he was taking his talents to South Beach from the Cleveland Cavaliers. But having used Game 1 of the NBA Finals to take a seat on the bench, King James has experienced no shortage of mockery.
To hear James tell it, he’s been immune to the comments or hasn’t paid attention. But you know he’s heard them. And worse yet for the San Antonio Spurs, you know he’s going to be motivated by them in tonight’s Heat – Spurs Game 2.
LeBron James has overcome great defenses like the Spurs’ and single-handedly won playoff games in the past. It happened when he scored 25 consecutive points in Detroit (2007). It happened when he scored 45 points on 73 percent shooting in Boston (2012). This season the Spurs gave-up 40 points to Russell Westbrook in the Western Conference Finals and 44 points to Stephen Curry in the first round of the playoffs. So, going into tonight’s game 2, it’s not like Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and the rest of the Spurs front court players are immune.
Will James go off for 50? If the A/C holds up, it wouldn’t be a surprise. The Heat’s Mario Chalmers will want redemption after a 17-minute Game 1 performance that saw him commit five of Miami’s 18 turnovers, get whistled for five fouls and make only one of three shots. But since The Decision the Heat have been LeBron’s team, so there’s no question he’ll get first dibs on any and all plays. And any and all calls for revenge.
The Heat and Spurs split their season series this year, so it’s not unlikely that they’ll split the two opening games in San Antonio. The wild cards on the Spurs side will be Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, the former of whom will need to move fast against an energized and slashing Heat team, and the former of whom may still be fighting the effects of a foot injury suffered against OKC.
Tonight’s Heat vs Spurs Game 2 will tipoff at 8:00 EST / 5:00 PST on ABC. You can watch Heat vs Spurs online free NBA Finals Game 2 on WatchESPN, the ESPN mobile app and on the ESPN app on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Using any of those tools requires you to subscribe to ESPN, though. Another option is to watch tonight’s Heat vs Spurs game on VIP Box, which has neither the HD quality nor the reliability of ESPN’s browser-based, app-based or broadcast presentations.