Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  13 responses

LeBron James Guarantees a Better Performance in Game 4

Trailing 2-1 in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat face enormous pressure heading into tonight’s pivotal Game 4. A struggling LeBron James, by his own admission, is carrying much of that weight for his team. After playing like “sh*t” in Game 3, James says he has no choice but to put on a better performance. Per Yahoo! Sports: “I’ll be better,’ James said before the Heat’s practice Wednesday afternoon. ‘I’ll be much better [Thursday] night.’ The Heat trail the San Antonio Spurs 2-1 in the Finals after a 113-77 blowout loss in Game 3 in which James missed 14 of 21 shots, including 11 of his 13 attempts. James said he takes ‘full responsibility for that’ and is putting pressure on himself to improve. James is drawing much of the blame for the Heat’s struggles after averaging 16.7 points on 38.9 percent shooting in the series. He has also missed 10 of 13 3-pointer attempts and only taken six free throws. In comparison, James averaged 29 points in the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, 23.6 points in the second round against the Chicago Bulls and 24.5 points in the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks. ‘I’m putting all the pressure on my chest, on my shoulders to come through for our team,’ James said. [...] ‘I have to do whatever it takes,’ James said. ‘I mean, 7‑for‑21 isn’t going to cut it. Zero free throws. I had 11 rebounds, I had five assists, but 7‑for‑21 and zero free throws ain’t going to cut it. So I will be better tomorrow.’”

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  • shockexchange

    If the Heat keep getting out-rebounded 52-36, regardless of what The Kang does, this series will not return to Miami.

  • Lupin DGK

    Easy promise to keep since he played such a shitty game.

  • RayJr

    LeBron and the Heat can’t play any worse than they did in Game 3 and I don’t see SA setting another 3 point Finals record so tonight should be more competitive…I hope.

  • Dev

    It will be, but the Heat prolly are gonna lose this Finals if they keep up this back and forth stuff

  • spit hot fiyah

    the problem seems to be that miami needs to lose one in order the play well, which means the other team will probably get to 4 wins before them.

  • LakeShow

    ►You need to score more LeBron.

    I know everyone hates scoring these days… but it’s kind of necessary for winning.

    You need to average 30ppg for the rest of the series for your team to be at it’s best.

    Evident by the fact the last time you went up against a great defense(last round) you needed to score at a high clip to beat them.
    You need to put YOUR will on the game and the best way to do that is by scoring and defense.

    ►Stop passing 50 times a game.

    It’s ridiculous. Your the most efficient regular season scorer.
    Time to bring that to the Finals.

    Rant over.

  • bike

    Here is to hoping LeBron comes out sporting a giant afro wig and scores the Heat’s first 20 points of the game all on 35-45 foot jumpers.

  • spit hot fiyah

    nice arrows right there bro

  • LakeShow

    thanks man

  • roscoe

    Calm down ▲►▼◄

    you’re not that cool man.

  • LakeShow

    thanks man

  • robb

    definitely. His teammates should be saying that. Especially RuPaul Bosh

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Great comment