LeBron James wasn't holding back in his media availability Wednesday about his individual performance the previous night in Game 3. "I played like shit," he said. LeBron went 7-21 for just 15 points in Game 3, and worst of all, his Heat got pummeled by 36 as the Spurs took a 2-1 series lead. But after such a disappointing performance from the four-time MVP, LeBron promised, adamently, I might say, that he would play better in Game 4. "I will be better," he said. "I will be much better tomorrow night." He repeated that phrase four different times during his availability. I don't know if he was just trying to make himself clear, or if he was trying to convince himself of it too. But LeBron knows the burden he carries and against a team as lethal as the Spurs, his Game 3 isn't going to cut it. "I take full responsibility for our team's performance last night," James said. "Me as a leader, I can't afford to perform like I did last night and expect us to win on the road, it's that simple. So I'm putting all the pressure on my chest, on my shoulders to come through for our team. That's the way it is." LeBron didn't hold back on himself immediately following Game 3 either. He took responsibility then, too. "If you see my comments and see my interview, it'll let you know it was weighing heaviliy on me, right after getting blown out in a Finals game," he said. "So it was weighing heavily on me. With my performance, I didn't particularly care for myself at that point in time. So obviously it was in my head." LeBron said he was "better" today, though, and said mentally he's been refreshed. "Mentally it's not a problem," he said. "Mentally I'm not out of it, saying my shot is gone. I know what I can do. It's just about going up there and knocking them down. I will do that."
LeBron: 'I played like sh--;' vows to perform better
CBS Sports | Jun 12