The real reason behind the Miami Heat's humiliating 111-92 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in Game Three last night has emerged.
And it looks like Real Madrid soccer star Alvaro Arbeloa is to blame as the Heat went down 2-1 in the 2014 Finals series.
As reported by Marca, with the Spanish defender currently enjoying the offseason, Arbeloa had made the trip to the American Airlines Arena in high spirits as a big Miami Heat fan - even tweeting out the above picture along with a show of support for his adopted NBA team.
Unfortunately for him and the Heat however, the San Antonio Spurs went on the rampage in Game Three, completely dominating the contest to take a crucial road win.
Arbeloa of course was not unique in being present to see the Miami Heat lose their first playoff game in 11 outings, with 19,600 fans packing out the arena. When you take into account however the fact that the defender was also there when the Heat lost to the Spurs in Miami last season, then fingers can start to be pointed.
Certainly Xabi Alonso, Arbeloa's Real Madrid teammate, knew who was to blame for the loss:
"@arbeloa17 Good one Trufa! Two visits to Miami, two wins for the Spurs. #jinxed." the midfielder posted on Twitter after the game.
Arbeloa's first visit came during Game One of the 2013 Finals, as he and his Spanish international teammates took time out from their preparations for the 2013 Confederations Cup.
That game, a 92-88 defeat to the Spurs on June 6 2013, was the last time that LeBron James and co had tasted defeat in the playoffs when playing on their own court.
With Eric Spoelstra struggling to explain after the game just how the Miami Heat were so outclassed he may want to be made aware of this phenomenon.
Should he do so, don't be surprised to see American Airlines Arena security staff keeping a close eye out for Arbeloa at future games.
Game Four of the 2014 NBA Finals takes place Thursday night in Miami. Arbeloa meanwhile better keep a low profile as he enjoys the rest of his vacation.
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