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LeBron James takes blame for Game 2 loss

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01:32 PM ET 05.25 | Heat star LeBron James was brilliant for most of Game 2 against the Pacers, finishing with 36 points on 14-of-20 shooting. However, James made two crucial gaffes late, turning the ball over on two straight possessions to help seal the win for Indiana. This came after James was the hero in Game 1 when he hit a game-winning layup as time expired. After the tough loss, James took responsibility for his miscues. "I made two mistakes tonight," James said. "That hurt our team. And that hurt more than anything. Let my teammates down. They expect me to make plays down the stretch, and I had the ball with the opportunity to make a couple of plays and I came up short. That burns." The MVP is sure to learn from those mistakes and come out motivated for Game 3, which takes place in Indiana on Sunday.

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, Mike Ehrmann Mike Ehrmann
May 25, 2013  01:40 PM ET

Lebron has become a stand-up leader, good for him. But to be fair, the last turnover was a fluke. West didn't "steal" it per se, but just happened to tip the enough to deflect it. I think the pass was on, just had to be bit more strong.
Congrats to Indy for the win, but they seem to have a pattern of not holding on to leads. really, that game should have never come down to the last 45 seconds or so. They had it in control, but let the Heat back in again. Something to address as they learn laying in the big games as well. Great series to watch overall.

May 25, 2013  02:37 PM ET

His game last night was better then the first game. His last 2 turnovers just made it looked bad. 14 for 20 is a very efficient game. Lebron had clunkers in the first game. If they would have lost, that triple double would have not look good at all...

May 25, 2013  03:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lebron has become a stand-up leader, good for him. But to be fair, the last turnover was a fluke. West didn't "steal" it per se, but just happened to tip the enough to deflect it. I think the pass was on, just had to be bit more strong.Congrats to Indy for the win, but they seem to have a pattern of not holding on to leads. really, that game should have never come down to the last 45 seconds or so. They had it in control, but let the Heat back in again. Something to address as they learn laying in the big games as well. Great series to watch overall.

Damn good comment!!! The Pacers could/should have won the first game too!!! This series is going to get very interesting!!!! IMO, I still think the Heat will win, but it more on Lebron's shoulders from now on, as I think the Pacers are a better "overall" team!!!

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May 25, 2013  07:05 PM ET

This series is turning out to be a memorable one! Lets see if the Grizz can turn thier fortunes around today.

May 25, 2013  07:26 PM ET

Sorry LeBron but I can't let you go out like that. Those other guys who play with you MUST pay better. If I was the owner, I would ask to speak to the team (excluding LeBron) and remind them how many millions I'm paying them and that I expect better. LeBron carrying the Cavs is one thing but a to have to put a team with Bosh, Wade, and Allen on your back is ridiculous.

May 25, 2013  08:54 PM ET
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Sorry LeBron but I can't let you go out like that. Those other guys who play with you MUST pay better. If I was the owner, I would ask to speak to the team (excluding LeBron) and remind them how many millions I'm paying them and that I expect better. LeBron carrying the Cavs is one thing but a to have to put a team with Bosh, Wade, and Allen on your back is ridiculous.

THIS!

For 14 million a year. You should be at least a 20/10 guy every night in the playoffs, BOSH.

And for the other 14 million dollar man, DWADE, you can't be letting George "No Handles" Hill out score you.

If the Heat's front court is going to be out played that badly, the backcourt sure as hell can't be out played like that at HOME.

Everyone on the Heat can't play witness to Lebron, at some point in these playoffs they have to play too.

May 25, 2013  09:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sorry LeBron but I can't let you go out like that. Those other guys who play with you MUST pay better. If I was the owner, I would ask to speak to the team (excluding LeBron) and remind them how many millions I'm paying them and that I expect better. LeBron carrying the Cavs is one thing but a to have to put a team with Bosh, Wade, and Allen on your back is ridiculous.

Be realistic. This isn't street ball, this is the ECF. They are playing against the BEST defense in the East and maybe a top 3 defense in the entire NBA. It isn't like Bosh and Wade are missing lollipops, they are being well defended. Credit to Miami that they came back roaring in both games after being down double digits.

This is just a battle between 2 tough defensive teams. Miami obviously has the better talent and will most likely wear down Indiana.

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May 26, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sorry LeBron but I can't let you go out like that. Those other guys who play with you MUST pay better. If I was the owner, I would ask to speak to the team (excluding LeBron) and remind them how many millions I'm paying them and that I expect better. LeBron carrying the Cavs is one thing but a to have to put a team with Bosh, Wade, and Allen on your back is ridiculous.

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You beat me to it Rattler.
When your best 3 ballers are struggling then that puts more load on the big 3.
But then the heat have tons of them.
Cole & Birdman have been the only consistent guys off the bench for the heat all playoffs.
Where is Allen & Battier?
Paging Allen the Allen who broke Reggie Miller's record Allen!
Paging Battier, the Battier from the 2012 playoffs!
But hey Miller can still drain em, so can Lewis, so too can Jones so if anybody is struggling the heat have sufficient 3 point specialists, but Spo is starting this man crush crap again.
Miller should have gotten more minutes!

May 26, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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David Stern doesn't want a S.A./Indiana Finals. The Heat will win this series in 6 or 7 games.

A chance for Lebron to get revenge on the team that swept him in the finals back in 07?

 
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