Biggest Reasons LeBron James Is Struggling in the 2013 NBA Finals

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Biggest Reasons LeBron James Is Struggling in the 2013 NBA Finals
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It's been another frustrating NBA Finals against a Texas team for LeBron James.

Maybe it's something about the Lone Star State.

LeBron James has played in three NBA Finals against Texas teams.

In the six road games, including a 36-point loss in Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs, he has shot 36.2 percent. That's three games against the Spurs and three against the Dallas Mavericks.

And now, as the Miami Heat forward struggles in the 2013 NBA Finals, some of the narratives from that 2011 series against Dallas have resurfaced—narratives that most believed he had already overcome. 

Is he shrinking in the moment, as the Spurs have taken a 2-1 series lead?

Or just overthinking?

Clearly, something is amiss. LeBron didn't score fewer than 20 points in any of the first 33 games of the 2012-13 regular season. He's now scored fewer in each of the three games of this series. He isn't getting to the rim (no free throws in Game 3) and he isn't making his jumper. 

He has appeared hesitant rather than dominant. 

He's been outscored by his former Cleveland Cavaliers practice victim, Danny Green, who is saying things like this:

He's kind of stopped himself out there and we're getting a little lucky. 

James promised that luck would turn: 

I'll be better. 

What's made it so hard so far?

(All quotes for this piece were collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post.)

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