James: We Don’t Have Answers Right Now
The Heat are a pedestrian 10-7 since the All-Star break and have been below average on the road. They’ve been smashed in marquee matchups in three of the past five Sundays. They got beat by the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center by 10, in Oklahoma City by 16 and now a 19-point beat down in Boston.
Miami has lost seven of 11 overall on the road, costing them playoff position and possibly adding more road games. Their pace of play, their greatest strength for the first half of the season, has slowed remarkably. It might’ve hit rock bottom Sunday. How else can it be explained that a team with three All-Stars could muster just 72 points?
Yet while Heat coach Erik Spoelstra continues to sound alarms — “This game was unacceptable, we’re not happy about it,” he said — the stars themselves continue to be somewhat matter-of-fact. Almost in unison.
“We’re mentally tough, we’ll figure it out,” (LeBron) James said. “Do we have the answers right now? No.”