LeBron James put in a big night in the opening game between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, and during the postgame press conferences it was all the buzz. James was just two assists shy of a triple-double, but still put in 27 points on just 11 field goals, shooting over 80 percent from the field.
Erik Spoelstra said James' game was a "very mature, high I.Q. game" and that it was "about as efficient as you can get." Spoelstra credited James for orchestrating the offense, but also delved into the importance of Chris Bosh being able to stretch out and hit the corner three. Regarding the corner three from Bosh, Spoelstra was emphatic, saying "that one specific shot is critical for us."
After Spoelstra stepped down, it was Jim Boylan's turn to field questions about what his Bucks can do to stop James. He acknowledged the incredible efficiency from James, said he felt Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Marquis Daniels did a good job battling defensively, but boiled it down to four words, "What can you do?" Boylan also discussed the limitations placed on Larry Sanders, who played only 18 minutes and had five fouls in the game.
Aside from trying to slow down James, Boylan identified the need to get more out of their role players and not rely as heavily on both Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
Jennings also discussed James' dominance during his press availability, noting that he only took 11 shots, but he was just two assists away from a triple-double. "That's the key right there," Jennings said. Milwaukee's second-leading scorer in the game said it wasn't James' 27 points that were the problem, but "everything else that he's doing in the game."
After a long wait, James eventually took to his press availability. Much like Spoelstra, he too gushed about the importance of Bosh stretching the floor. James was critical of his five individual turnovers, and the 19 turnovers the Heat gave up as a team. James tipped his hat to the start of his game -- an and-1 layup -- as setting the stage for him to open the game up for Miami. "The work I've put into my individual game, and the team that we have, it comes together and that's the result of it," he said.
A favorable result for the Heat to say the least. A frightening result for the Bucks and the rest of the league.