Following the San Antonio Spurs’ 113-77 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Spurs guard Danny Green said in his post-game presser that part of the reason Heat star LeBron James had a dismal performance Tuesday night is because the reigning MVP “stopped himself.”
“We’ve done a great job helping each other on team defense,” said Green, who had 27 points and four rebounds. “But obviously we know what kind of player LeBron is. We know he’s not at his best right now. He missed a lot of shots he normally makes. We’re sure in Game 4 he’s going to come out a lot different.
“LeBron is not just us stopping him. He’s kind of stopped himself out there and we’re getting a little lucky.”
James scored just 15 points on 7 for 21 from the field and was a minus-32 in the game.
“I have to do better,” James said after the game. “If I’m better, we’re better and I have to be better. I’m putting everything on my chest and on my shoulders and I have to be better. My teammates are doing a great job and I’m not doing my part.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about James.
“He’ll figure it out. He always figures it out. I’m not concerned about that,” he said. “We’ll work to make sure that he’s getting to places he can be comfortable and confident. We’re kidding ourselves if we’re going to point at 77 points. That is a factor. You have to play both ends.
“But we got what we deserved.”
Game 4 is Thursday night in San Antonio at 9:00 p.m. ET.