Emotions are high after Miami had their asses whooped in game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 11, 2013
Lebron James has made several bold promises to his skeptics – and his fans – heading into Game 4.
“I’ll be better,” James said before the Heat’s practice Wednesday afternoon. “I’ll be much better tonight.”
LeBron James vows to be more aggressive in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
“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.”
James said he’s half to blame for his offensive struggles while the Spurs’ double and sometimes triple-team defense deserves credit for the other half of his problems. He intends to be aggressive early in the game, off the dribble and in transition in Game 4 to counter the Spurs’ defense.
While James acknowledged that the rest of his teammates also need to step up, he plans to lead the way.
“I’m not discounting anyone,” James said. “We wouldn’t be at this point without my teammates. I have all the confidence in the world in my teammates. But I am the star, I am the leader. And they look at me to do things on the court, to make plays, and if I’m not doing it, I’m not doing my job.”
The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at AT&T Center.
Oddsmakers currently have the Spurs listed as 1-point favorites versus the Heat, while the game’s total is sitting at 187.
Miami lost its last outing, a 113-77 result against the Spurs on June 11. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog, while the 190 combined points took the game OVER the total.
Team record: 66-16 SU, 46-36 ATS
is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of last 13 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 19 of last 25 games when playing San Antonio
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 3-7
After a loss are 10-0
Team record: 58-24 SU, 39-41-2 ATS
is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 6 of last 7 games at home
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing are 9-1
After playing are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
Miami at San Antonio, Sunday, June 16
San Antonio home to Miami, Sunday, June 16
Who are you betting on?