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LeBron wilts in heat? Don't blame James

Can LeBron James take the heat?

I'm not a James fan. Haven't been since he ditched Cleveland.

The hour-long program and the way he left was too classless.

But that was years ago. Since then, I've been happy when the Heat -- and James -- and faltered.

But I won't dump on James for Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Spurs in the NBA Finals.

James left the game with cramps -- and has been taking, well, heat for it.

Fans quickly pointed out that Michael Jordan played in the Finals with the flu. He also left with stomach cramps, too.

A player can gut it out with the flu. If the leg cramps up, you can't will it to work. You're at the mercy of the muscle.

I'm rooting for the Spurs, but I can't fault James for this.

If you want to point fingers, look at Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. He didn't adjust to the conditions and should have used a deeper bench.


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