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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James often says that in order to grow, one has to become comfortable being uncomfortable. He applies that sentiment to his playoff mindset.
“Until the series is completed, I kind of stay on edge, stay locked in on the job at hand,” James said Monday after having a day to digest the Los Angeles Lakers‘ Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. “Obviously, no one wants to ever lose. You hate that feeling, especially when you know you didn’t play your best, and I definitely wasn’t at my best [Sunday] night from an individual standpoint. So I take that responsibility, and I take that with a lot of passion and understanding of how I can be much better in the following game.”
James led L.A. with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in Game 3, but he also had eight turnovers. Miami, playing without Goran Dragic (torn left plantar fascia) and Bam Adebayo (neck soreness), drew the series to 2-1 thanks to a 40-point triple-double from Jimmy Butler.
Having done just about everything in 10 Finals appearances — being swept, coming back