Jason Terry, who was traded to the Kings in February, said he believes the Spurs organization has a history of timely accidents. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kings veteran guard Jason Terry suggested Saturday in an interview with a local Dallas radio station that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was behind the alleged air conditioning malfunction during San Antonio's Game 1 win over the Heat on Thursday's opener of the NBA Finals.
During the game, the Spurs organization announced the arena was reaching temperatures of 90-plus degrees due to an electrical failure in the A/C unit. The franchise confirmed after the game the problem had been fixed.
Terry said there was something fishy about the air-conditioning not working when the Spurs beat the Heat at home 110-95 on Thursday, as transcribed by CBS Sports:
"Oh, no question. For an event of that magnitude, to say that the AT&T Center's air-conditioning is not working -- there's definitely something wrong with that."
The 36-year-old, who won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, gave examples in the past when he thought the Spurs had intentionally done things to the visiting team to throw them off balance before the game:
"You know what, Pop [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] has done that so many times. I don't know if it's a conspiracy, but I'm telling you, going into San Antonio is a tough place to play...And I can remember very well one time where it was cold showers, there were about a thousand flies in the locker room. This year, there was a snake in the locker room. So, they're going to pull out all the stops to get into your head. When you go to San Antonio, expect something like that. And Miami fell victim to it. "
LeBron James exited the game after a made layup to put the Heat within two with 3:59 remaining in the fourth quarter. He did not return and later said his body had failed him. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Spurs franchise should be fined by the NBA if there are A/C issues again during the Finals.
Game 2 is on Saturday night in San Antonio.