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June 12, 2013

LeBron not backing down on vow for Game 4

(Continued)

Fitting. In Game 4, he might need a hero's effort to save the Heat.

"We're not worried about LeBron," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "He's going to find his way. He's going to get in a groove. As teammates you try to figure out a way to get him an easy basket in a breakout, try to get it back to him, get a lay-up, so he can see the ball go in. As a scorer you need to see it go in. Besides that, we're not concerned about him at all."

Strangely, some of the Spurs sound as if they're not concerned about James either.

Danny Green has had a phenomenal start to these finals, and James' former Cleveland teammate raised a couple eyebrows after Game 3 when he said that while the Spurs were executing their plan against him as they would hope, the reigning and overall four-time NBA MVP was hurting his own cause as well.

"I'm just saying, we all know what he's capable of doing," Green said. "I don't know what's going on, but he's not playing his best basketball right now. It's not just us. We're doing a decent job of making it tough for him, but I don't know what's going on. He's not playing LeBron basketball. ... It could be a number of things. It could be stuff going on behind the scenes."

When told of Green's comments, James smiled.

"I'll be better. I'll be much better tomorrow night," he said.

The 36-point loss matched the largest that James has endured in his career, and his minus-32 rating was the worst of his 899 previous games. He was 7 for 21 from the field — his shooting has been subpar in every game so far in this series — and did not get to the foul line, a byproduct of both the Spurs taking driving lanes away and James shooting the jumpers than San Antonio is daring him to try.

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