When the San Antonio Spurs nearly beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals last year, one of the reasons they got out to a hot start was because of the way they were holding down LeBron James in the first three games of the series. But while he was able to turn it on after that, LeBron dropped some knowledge that he actually wasn’t being defended at all, and that ended up being the Spurs greatest defense for a while.
James told the Miami Herald that the Spurs actually didn’t defend him last year and forced him to takes chances — daring him, as he states — to take open shots.
“They actually didn’t focus on me last year,” James said. “They didn’t guard me. I didn’t make shots. … It wasn’t much of a game plan, they didn’t guard me.
“On every pick and roll I had, they dared me to shoot, and I didn’t make shots the first couple of games, and I just tried to stay with it, watch film and figure out ways to help our team. I started to make shots, and that opened the floor for all of us.”
The Spurs did defend LeBron in the series but that’s going to be irrelevant this time around, as no two games were the exact same last NBA Finals and that will be the case again. The fact of the matter is, the Miami Heat aren’t as good as they were last season which means LeBron will need to hit his shots no matter if they’re contested or wide open.