LeBron James was unable to finish out the Game 1 loss to the Spurs due to heat exhaustion and cramps.
What kind of cramps were they? You would think it would have been even easier for "whom we shall never ever refer to as the King again," to be able to walk, run, play without any balls getting in his way. Dude your team name is the Heat, you were excited to go to South Beach, yet you can't play without air conditioning? (The AC at the AT&T Center was broke during the game). Tony Parker and his sore hammy seemed alright. Old farts Ginobili, Diaw, and Duncan seemed fine. And don't give me, "The Spurs bench is deeper than the Heat," that is an excuse Scottie Pippen would use, not one you would hear from Larry Bird, Willis Reed, Michael Jordan, etc. James, before he got some San Antonio sand in it, had a game-high 25 points, with six boards, three assists, and four turnovers in 33 minutes of the 110-95 defeat.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored during Monday’s loss to the Angels.
Brantley has now hit safely in each of his last eight games, though this run has only produced one home run and two RBI. As expected, Brantley hasn’t been able to live up to his numbers from last season. Sure, he’s shown better plate discipline and the 11.2-percent walk rate is nice to see, but the power numbers and the speed are going to come up short. He remains a decent support outfielder, but he is not a team’s No. 1 which is, unfortunately, where you probably drafted him to be. Analysis: Howard Bender
Stephen Vogt went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI during Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Orioles.
The two hits broke an 0-for-24 run that was brutalizing his fantasy owners, but the drop-off here in the second half -- .140 with just three RBI over 50 at-bats – should have been seen coming. He’s a 30-year old catcher who has never caught a full season in the majors, and with the way the A’s were working him, you had to figure he’d tire and his numbers would regress. We’re not saying to give up on him, but you also shouldn’t expect more than just a barely-average second half either. Analysis: Howard Bender