James Recent Struggles Due to Hard Fouls?
(LeBron) James, who was defended by (Kevin) Durant most of the night, shot just 8-of-18 from the field, for 17 points with 3 rebounds and 7 assists. The last four games have maybe been James’ weakest offensively as a member of the Heat. He’s averaged just 17 points and shot just 40 percent in that span.
Last week, in a game against the Suns, James took a hard fall and banged his elbow and later was hit in the head. Since then he hasn’t looked like the same player who was in the midst of his most efficient offensive season ever. He has repeatedly declined to blame the skid on injuries.
After having the best shooting season of his career through the first 40 games of the season, this could be a regression toward the mean. James, who didn’t have an ice bag on his elbow after the game, said he was just in a slump.
“I’ve just got to find my touch,” James said. “Everyone goes through one of these and I’ve had it the last four or five games.”
James, apparently, also needs to find his teammates. About the only thing the Heat had going offensively in the second half — when they weren’t turning the ball over, which they did 21 times in the game — was Wade. He had nine of his 22 points in the third quarter including a 56-foot bomb he made at the buzzer.