Much of the chatter about the 2013
The missed free throws in the final 28.2 seconds of Game 6. The rebounds that got away. The failed closeout on
Add up all the ways the Spurs gave away a championship and it amounts to a major annoyance to Miami star
"We feel slighted" because the series went seven games, James said Wednesday on the eve of the teams' rematch series, which starts Thursday night at the
"If you look at the numbers, the lead changes, the ties and the points in the series, it's almost even. I don't know the numbers exactly but I know they're very, very, very close from the lead changes to the ties and to the points.
"So we did our part, they did their part. Both teams put themselves in a position to win an
James said he didn't believe the Spurs' motivation to atone for their collapse would provide an edge in the rematch.
"Motivation can only go so far," James said. "How much motivation can carry you to a championship, I'm not sure. At the end of the day [it's] five, 10 guys on the floor, three refs and one basketball. You gotta make plays. I can't shoot the ball and say, 'Motivation will make it in.' I can't sit in the lane and take a change and say, 'Motivation, let me get this call.'