LeBron must take over scoring
To beat Indiana, Miami needs James to assert himself offensively
It was one of the most dominant playoff performances in recent memory -- 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. But in his heart of hearts, LeBron James would rather not have to do that. He'd rather not score 40 percent of the Miami Heat's points, rather not take more shots than teammates Mario Chalmers, Ronny Turiaf, Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem combined.
James would rather score 20-something, and stay on the perimeter and facilitate while several of his teammates join him in double figures.
But if the Heat are going to survive their second-round matchup with the Indiana Pacers, and if they're going to have any chance of winning the NBA championship, James will have to do what he'd rather not -- take on the mentality of a dominant scorer.
To read more of Chris Broussard's story on LeBron James, become an Insider today.
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Sources: Sterling, Ballmer have 'friendly' talk
- Carter: LeBron wasn't pushed to Cavaliers
- Kings rally late to claim summer-league title
- LeBron kicks off tour of China with pianist
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
2012 NBA Finals
- J.A. Adande retweeted
- Brian Windhorst retweeted
- Justin Verrier retweeted