Daniel Sturridge may be out in Brazil focussing his efforts on helping England to progress at this summer's FIFA World Cup but not even the all-encompassing festival of soccer could stop him keeping up on another of his passions - the NBA Finals.
Sturridge is a keen fan of the Miami Heat and has tweeted in the past showing his support for LeBron James and co during the 2014 postseason.
Last night though, having stayed up late into the night in Brazil to watch the crucial Game Five, the Liverpool striker was left disappointed as the San Antonio Spurs recorded their third straight blowout win against the Heat to seal the series 4-1:
"Congrats to the @spurs in the #NBAFinal vs @MiamiHEAT. Wanted it more!! Duncan n Leonard have been unreal. #wow #NBAFinals #greatgame," wrote Sturridge.
And it wasn't just the action on the court at the AT&T Center that was getting the 24-year-old anxious in his hotel room, with Sturridge having some technical difficulties as he attempted to keep in touch:
"Just when I start getting into the game and it's going off my TV starts acting up... I'm fuming right now!!!." read another message alongside a picture of a disgruntled England striker and a broken television.
Having suffered defeat to Italy in his, and England's, opening game of the World Cup on Saturday, Sturridge's bad fortune transferred to his favorite NBA team, with the Heat unable to mount anything resembling a comeback Sunday evening.
The San Antonio Spurs won out 104-87 with the man singled out for praise by Sturridge, Kawhi Leonard, receiving the Finals MVP award for his efforts.
Leonard became the third youngest recipient of the award, with the 22-year-old hitting over 20 points in the final three games of the series.
Meanwhile Sturridge's England manager, Roy Hodgson, may be slightly worried that his number one striker was staying up so late in what could be a crucial period for the national team. Even the player himself admitted it was probably time to go to bed with the Spurs out of sight late in the game.
Fortunately, the England team's next game is not until Thursday evening so their Liverpool talisman - who found the net in the 2-1 defeat to Italy - should have recovered, physically and emotionally, from the Heat's comprehensive NBA Finals defeat.
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