Comparing 2013 NBA Playoff Run to LeBron James’ 1st Two Miami Heat Postseasons

June 15th, 2013 by Brendan Bowers Leave a reply »

Since joining the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010, LeBron James has made three straight trips to the NBA Finals.

In each playoff run, the expectations of championship or bust have been the same. Heading into the 2013 postseason, James is 1-1 while representing Miami on the NBA's biggest stage. 

After falling to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 finals, James and the Heat responded by eliminating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games last season. 

With at least two games remaining against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 finals—despite teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scoring a career low in the playoffs—the Heat are on pace for their best postseason winning percentage of the Big Three era. 

While averaging fewer points than he did in 2012, James is shooting a slightly better percentage from the field in '13 than he did previously with the Heat. The 6.5 assists he is dishing out are also more than he averaged during each of his previous playoff runs with Miami, while the 8.3 rebounds are slightly less. 

With the series tied at 2-2 heading into Game 5, ...

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