LeBron James says the Miami Heat have “too many excuses.”
The two-time defending champions fell to a seventh loss in 11 games after the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Heat 105-95 Saturday night.
“It’s too many excuses. Everything is an excuse. We do something wrong, it’s an excuse,” James said, via ESPN.com. “We don’t get a stop, it’s an excuse. We turn the ball over, it’s an excuse. What we’re doing right now ain’t good enough.
“It’s very frustrating. We’re all frustrated,” James continued. “We just got to all get on the same page. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ve got to figure it out.”
James twisted his right ankle Saturday, but remained in the game and finished with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
“Put another injury on my list,” James said. “It is what it is. I’m not using it as an excuse.”
Chris Bosh, who had 12 points and six rebounds, said the team has no passion.
“We suck,” Bosh said. “We need to turn it around. There’s no passion. There’s nothing.”
The Heat are 42-21, three games back of the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers, who are 5-5 in their last ten.
“Yes, our locker room is angry,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’re not accustomed to this type of play, these type of standards, particularly on the defensive end, and if we want to change, we have to look inward.”