MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — LeBron James will need some help from his fellow star teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade is the Miami Heat are to reach its second successive NBA Finals. Monday night the Heat will host the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference finals.
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Miami missed the chance of closing out the series on Saturday night when they were beaten 91-77 by the Pacers in Game 6 and now the series is locked at 3-3.
Both teams will be pushing for a place in the final against the waiting San Antonio Spurs and James believes the “atmosphere” will be buzzing at the AmericanAirlines Arena Monday night.
“Each and every year there are 30 teams that would love to be a part of this, to have one game to advance to the NBA Finals,” James said. “And there’s two teams that’s in this position.
“And it’s something that you can’t substitute, this feeling. You can’t substitute the atmosphere that we’re going to be in on Monday night for both teams.
“We should all cherish this moment.”
Wade and Bosh have both been struggling in the series so far, with Bosh coming out to apologize to his teammates and Miami fans for failing to reach double digits in scoring in his last three games.
“It’s hard, it’s difficult,” Bosh said. “Everything you’re going to do in the postseason is difficult.
“And you’re going to be put in situations you don’t want to be in and you’re going to have to do things that you don’t want to do.
“It’s part of it, so you might as well get used to it, being miserable and really loving it.”
Bosh admits that he has changed his style of play during this series, but promises to return to his old self in Game 7.
“I changed my game in Games 1 through 6 and it hasn’t really worked,” he said.
“I just need to do what I do and just let it all hang out.”
Meanwhile, forward David West, who was listed as day-to-day has confirmed that he’s OK to play and will start against the Heat.
West scored 11 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the win over Miami in Game 6.
The defending champions, despite the poor performance in the last game, will start slight favorites to win Monday night and Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is expecting a tough road game for the travelers.
“It’s going to be tough in their arena,” he said. “We’ve just got to bring it.
“If we play aggressive like we do at home, we can get the `W.”
The Miami Heat welcome back Chris Andersen, who is back after serving his one-game suspension for pushing Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough and his return has brought extra life into the Florida side’s dressing room.
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