NBA Playoffs 2013, Heat vs. Pacers: Erik Spoelstra takes blame for struggles of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh


Both Spoelstra and LeBron James believe the Heat All-Stars will bounce back in Game 7 from their recent struggles.

The Miami Heat are headed back to the American Airlines Arena for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and part of that has to do with the play of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The pair combined for 15 points on 4-for-19 shooting as the Heat fell to the Indiana Pacers, 91-77.

Both players have struggled on and off during the series, in part due to the job Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert have done defending both. After the game, head coach Erik Spoelstra took the blame for Wade and Bosh's struggles in Game 6.

"If anything it's on me. I gotta find ways to get those guys comfortable and in areas where they can be aggressive," Spoelstra said. "And that'll be my focus the next 48 hours."

Wade was the only bright spot for the Heat in an otherwise disastrous third quarter. He scored nine of his 10 points in the quarter, including the first five during a stretch when the Heat really struggled to make shots. LeBron James said he believes both Wade and Bosh will be able to overcome their struggles in Game 7.

"Dwyane and Chris have seen every defense that's ever been applied to them in 10 years ... and they've been able to figure it out," James said. "And this one's just taking a little longer."

Game 7 is Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET from Miami. It can be seen on TNT.

Quotes via the NBA's live press conference stream.

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