James Grows Frustrated by Double Team?
(LeBron) James grew so frustrated at one point in the second half with Cleveland’s aggressive defense and physical play that he yelled at teammates for failing to get him the ball in enough time before a second wave of defenders arrived to bottle him up.
It resulted in the second-worst single-game shooting percentage of the season for James. It was also the fourth time this season he had at least five turnovers. James missed four of five shots in the fourth quarter, but finished with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in a relatively uneven outing as Miami closed out a five-game homestand with a 4-1 record.
“I don’t think we played him straight up,” said Cavaliers swingman Anthony Parker, who spent most of the second half as James’ primary defender. “We brought help when we needed to. He’s a great player and he’s going to get points, but we didn’t want to give him the breakaways and easy layups at the basket, stuff like that.”