LeBron James Very Frustrated By the Miami Heat’s Rebounding Struggles

by January 09, 2013

Despite LeBron James’ confidence heading into last night’s game in Indiana, the Pacers got the win and dominated the Miami Heat on the boards (55-36). James was very angry about his team’s inability to rebound, a growing concern for the Heat. Per the Indy Star: “LeBron James started Tuesday by saying he didn’t like reading how the Indiana Pacers felt they were the better team in last season’s playoff series against his Miami Heat. James ended the day by wadding up a box score that showed the Pacers were better this year, at least for one night. Indiana 87, Miami 77. ‘It’s very frustrating, very frustrating,’ the NBA’s reigning MVP said of the numbers glaring at him on the statistical sheet. ‘We want to defend and you know, we want to clean (the) glass, too, and we continue to get out-rebounded. It’s very frustrating.’ The Pacers won the board battle by 19, which led to 17 more second-chance points at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Rebounding has been a regular problem for the Heat, who are better than only Boston in that NBA category. The Pacers rank third best. ‘That’s not going to win (a second consecutive championship),’ James said. After the game, James didn’t say if he feels the Heat are the better team right now, although the Eastern Conference standings show that his team is tops at 23-10 with the Pacers fourth at 21-14. Each leads its division as the halfway point nears.”