Saturday, June 8th, 2013 at 6:25 pm  |  30 responses

LeBron James Says He Was Tired in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Similar to what teammate Dwyane Wade said after the Miami Heat’s Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James admitted to the press that despite his triple-double effort, he felt tired late in the series opener of the NBA Finals. Per ESPN: “No matter what they might’ve said later, when LeBron James told Erik Spoelstra he needed a rest at the start of the fourth quarter in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs, it came as a surprise. Spoelstra is used to riding James without consequence this late in the season, regularly not giving him a breather in the second half of late-round playoff games. The Miami Heat coach has sometimes relayed the message he gives to James in such situations, telling him ‘you cannot get tired.’ He’d planned to do it again or at least wait longer because Spoelstra got stuck in his rotation when James made his request, and he had to rest both James and Dwyane Wade to start the fourth quarter. Trust that was never part of the game plan. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade began the fourth quarter of Game 1 together on the bench. ‘I had been accustomed to being able to start the fourth but the third quarter was so — I was in the paint, defensive rebounding, I was closing out Kawhi Leonard on shooters,’ James said. ‘It took all in the tank from me in the third quarter. So I needed a little breather.’ It isn’t often James shows physical vulnerability, but that’s what happened Thursday night as the Heat lost a fourth-quarter lead and went down 92-88 to the better-rested Spurs. James averaged 43 minutes in the series with the Indiana Pacers, the most in any seven-game stretch this season. But it was not out of the ordinary for this time of year. He averaged 44 minutes in the Finals in each of the past two years, making the 42 he logged in Game 1 a relatively ‘light’ night. Last year he had a bout of cramps during the Finals. [...] ‘It is tough. But it is what it is,’ James said. ‘I put myself in a position to try to do everything for this team, a little bit of everything, and put myself in a position to win. It’s very challenging mentally, physically. But you have to figure out a way to just have will at this point of the season. There’s not too many days left. There’s no room for excuses.’”

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  • danpowers

    he shouldve tried gatorade

  • Tad

    The greats like Larry, MJ, Magic, Kobe would never admit to this.

  • Bill breedley

    He is weak

  • spit hot fiyah

    tired from carrying a team that was supposed to be carried by three guys and not only one

  • Mike Mihalow

    Wade already used this excuse

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    You mean Gatorlode?

  • danpowers

    that, too lol

  • Karl

    So we’re going to say LeBron isn’t a great one like them because he said he got tired? Please..

  • BugEyes

    What are they going to say if they lose game 2?

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    “Stop shooting 3′s, Bosh.”

  • Tad

    I meant that he’s more candid than the other greats, and doesn’t mind giving answers like this while the others would just scoff at the notion of being tired even if it was true like Kobe did against the Celtics in 2010.

  • Evan Harris

    First rust in the Bull series, now the team is tired.

    Don’t make excuses for losing.

  • Matisse

    It’s that type of hyper masculinity that rubs me the wrong way about older players. Lebron James and Tim Duncan have shown that you do not have to be a complete tw*t to be a great.

  • EJ

    I don’t know if Lebron has shown that, but Tim Duncan has for sure, and I would say Magic too.

  • Lloyd

    Was Wade tired from showing up once every two games in the playoffs so far? If anyone should be able to use this excuse, it’s definitely Lebron.

  • Lloyd

    It’s easy to forget that he’s just merely a man sometimes.

  • Lloyd

    Saying you’re tired isn’t anything to be ashamed of. He’s tired, but he’s still playing phenomenally. Besides, it’s obvious that he’s drained, it didn’t matter if he admitted it or not. And Kobe says he’s injured all the frikkin’ time, what’s the difference?

  • Lloyd

    Magic Johnson should’ve scoffed off the whole AIDs thing and continued playing. He shouldn’t be considered great…

  • skeetskeet

    You’re weak

  • The Seed

    ESPN, did a thing about Lebron’s IQ, when you get tired. That IQ should have kicked in. ESPN trying hard to make Lebron a Global King. A great don’t admit this, you just move on and call it a lost. If they lose tonight, what will he say, His Haircut was messed up. LOL

  • Magicman32

    Say again Lloyd?

  • Noompsi

    yep. That’s exactly what he’s saying and it makes sense!

  • Mike Mihalow

    Agreed, but Wade beat him to the punch. I guess he’s not as tired as LeBron when it comes to making excuses quickly.

  • shutup

    Tired or not, he shouldn’t make excuse for losses. His team didn’t execute at the end of the game, even after he got his rest. Chris Bosh jacking up threes and not taking care of the basketball, along with defensive lapses have nothing to do with being tired, they lost focus and making excuses just proves to me that they still aren’t focused or aware of what really happened. I hope for his sake that this is just a public excuse and privately he is holding himself and his team accountable for their mental mistakes.

  • Mike From Spain

    Taking care of conditioning, and pacing yourself to last the whole game is also part of the game. So, I don’t see it as an excuse, it is just an explanation. Now they have to figure out how to outlast the Spurs.

  • Tad

    Injuries are part of the game. These guys all pride themselves on being in the best shape possible they look at admitting you’re tired as a weakness, even if the average person won’t see it that way.

  • DJR84

    You say he shouldn’t make excuses for losses(sic) and then continue to make excuses on their behalf: “didn’t execute,” “not taking care of the basketball,” “defensive lapses.” What’s the difference between these and his reasoning of being tired?

  • shutup

    Being tired is a state of mind, the things I stated are actually what happened. Not making excuses at all, just stating that if you don’t own up and fix what happened instead of making an excuse, like I was fatigued or tired, then your not really learning from your losses.

  • Lloyd

    Being tire is a part of the game too, moreso than injuries. More guys get tired than injured. Admitting to being hurt is just as weak then by that logic. It shows you’re not 100%.

  • Lloyd