After 48 minutes of horrors, reigning MVP LeBron James had no intentions of reliving that disaster.
His own bad dream (15 points, 7-of-21 from the field) may well have factored into his decision to skip the postgame press conference:
LeBron James won't be in the interview room. Wow.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) June 12, 2013
No LeBron at the podium tonight. I think that says it all.— Royce Young (@dailythunder) June 12, 2013
The few words that he did give to reporters simply echoed a sentiment that has emerged as an unlikely theme to this championship series:
LeBron: "I've got to be better. No excuses."— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 12, 2013
For the third straight game, James failed to shoot 50 percent from the field or crack the 20-point barrier. This all comes, of course, on the heels of his MVP season that saw him pour in 26.8 points per game on a career-best 56.5 percent shooting.
His (relatively) woeful scoring stats have loaded the artillery for his critics, and this latest move only fuels that fire:
#LeBronJames spurns interview room 1st time--serving himself up to critics like roast pig w/apple in its mouth. Now for 48-hour bash-a-thon— Mark Heisler (@MarkHeisler) June 12, 2013
LeBron James, along with the rest of the Heat, would love to forget about this catastrophe as soon as possible.
If there's any good news here, it's that they only have to wait until Thursday night to redeem themselves in defense of their NBA title.