“We have to be better,” said Lakers superstar LeBron James, following Friday’s loss to Miami in the N.5 game of the NBA final, stressing the importance of “staying calm” to try to “make a difference” on Sunday for the next one.
“At the end of the day, you can’t decide anything in advance, you have to take the game as it comes and play it,” said James, who went out of his way to turn it in his favor with 40 points scored. But it was the Heat who had the last word (111-108) to reduce the gap to 3-2 and earn the right to play a sixth game.
“We play every action, every possession and live with the result. We don’t think about what might happen at the end of the game or anything like that. You have to live in the moment, because if you start to get lost in that kind of thing, you make a mistake. And this team that we’re playing here makes you pay for every mistake,” he added.
Looking back on the action that could have given L.A. the title if Danny Green had scored his three-point shot after a pass he gave him, James admitted: “We had a great opening to win the game, to win the series. But it didn’t come in.
“We have to be better. We just have to be better,” he repeated.
“We’re going to bounce back. There’s no doubt about it,” promised his coach, Frank Vogel, conceding that “defeat is tough.
“We were very close” to winning the title. The 17th coveted by L.A.
“We will deliver a better performance in the N.6 game. But to do that we’ll have to play better in the 47 minutes leading up to the last one,” he said, recalling that while the Lakers were close to winning, they had been chasing the score for most of the game before that.