Sunday, June 5, 2011
LeBron James to be in 'attack mode'
By Jeff Caplan ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS -- Six free throws in two games for LeBron James? Heck, Dallas Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood's taken that many -- in one game.
James said that's unacceptable and he knows what he has to do. He said he will approach Sunday night's Game 3 between the Mavericks and Miami Heat with a more aggresive mindset.
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"I will be in attack mode tonight," James said. "Six free throws in two games from me is unacceptable, as simple as that.
"Personally, I do have to be more aggressive in the paint. Six free-throws in two games, I do that in my sleep in one game. So that's not me. I'm going to make a concerted effort to be more aggressive to try to get to the rim, create some more opportunities for myself and my teammates. I understand that."
The Mavs tied the series at 1-1 after a remarkable Game 2 rally that saw them erase a 15-point deficit.
Dallas' interior defense will have to be ready and that could complicate things for starting center Tyson Chandler, who might not have usual 7-foot backup Haywood available. Haywood is dealing with a right hip flexor and is a game-time decision. If Haywood can't go, the Mavs will have to rely on little-used third-stringer Ian Mahinmi to give Chandler a blow now and then, or go to a small unit.
Chandler picked up five fouls in each of the first two games.
"I've just got to be smart about my fouls," Chandler said.
Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.