Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki was again the star of the night, leading his team in scoring with 29 points. But the most memorable part of the New York Times write-up of the game was about the other team's star forward: Miami's LeBron James. James had career-low performance during Tuesday night's Game 4, scoring just 8 points in a match-up the Heat lost 83-86. The Times describes how that bad game affected James in the lead-up to Thursday night. It's a humanizing anecdote about a larger-than life player:
James scored 17 points in Thursday night's game--better than Tuesday's performance, but still not enough for the win.
The debate over James's play, his mind-set and his legacy ran nonstop for two days, fatiguing just about everyone. James said he had trouble sleeping Wednesday night. In his restless state, he watched television and perused the Internet, reading stories about himself, most of them unflattering.
"I've seen a lot of them. They're pretty good," James said at the morning shootaround, adding, "I'm my own critic."
Still awake around 2 a.m., James took to Twitter, declaring, "Now or Never!!" James, who has two million followers, said it was "just a personal message to myself."
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