Things are obviously not going well for the Miami Heat.
After suffering a second consecutive blowout defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs at home, this time a 107-86 loss, the Heat now trail 3-1 in the NBA Finals. That means that the Heat must now win three straight games, two in San Antonio, to win their third consecutive NBA title.
LeBron James again did his part in game 4, finishing with 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting, but his teammates let him down. Dwyane Wade scored just 10 points on three-of-13 shooting while Chris Bosh had 12 points on five-of-11 shooting. Those poor performances have only added fuel to the fire that James could leave the Heat in free agency once the season ends.
It appears as though all of the pressure is on James, but he does not agree.
“It’s not (all) on my shoulder; it’s not,” James insisted when asked about the heavy load he carries via Sam Amick of The USA Today. “I understand I get a lot of the limelight in the press and all that, but it’s not all on my shoulder. I take a lot of it, but I do it for my teammates and I want them to put a lot of pressure on me in that sense.
“It is what it is. That is the way the series has played out thus far. You know, we have another game on Sunday to kind of right the ship and get better from it.”
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game during the regular season and is going for 27.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game during the postseason.