LeBron James says the Miami Heat are not panicking despite their slow start to the new NBA season.
The four-time MVP top scored for the Heat as they beat the Washington Wizards 103-93 to get back to .500. The (2-2) Heat lost back-to-back games against the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets following their opening night victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Slow starts against the Sixers and Nets cost the Heat - in Philadelphia they conceded 19 unanswered points to start the game while against Brooklyn they fell behind by double digits.
Turnovers have been a problem in all four games so far this season, and James and Heat guard Dwyane Wade both think it's just a minor problem with team chemistry at this stage.
"It's just getting back into it - not taking what we have for granted," James told ESPN.
"We've been together so long, you start to think we can go out and make it happen instead of talking through it. We lacked that the last few games. We got a handle on it today, and we know what the issue is."
The reigning NBA champions are notoriously slow starters, and James and Wade - two of the team's stars - admit they're not in peak physical condition yet.
James had a full-on schedule over the summer - he got married to his long-time partner and travelled across the world following the Heat's Championship win over the San Antonio Spurs.
But, despite the losses, James says his team are not panicking.
"We're not in panic mode right now," James continued. "The best thing about our team is [when] we see something that needs to be fixed, we fix it. We get it right. We don't let things linger too much.
"We both sense it. We've all been together for a while now, so we know."