James' career high for assists is 15, done three times. For his career, he's averaged 6.9 assists per game.
"That's a lot of pressure," James said when told of Krzyzewski's 20-assist prediction, not long after the Heat finished off a 98-92 victory. "But it's more pressure on our shooters. I'm going to get them the ball."
Krzyzewski has several long-standing ties to the Heat organization. He's close with Heat managing general partner Micky Arison. Heat CEO Nick Arison the owner's son was the Blue Devils' student manager for four years under Krzyzewski, who coached Shane Battier at Duke and had James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Olympic teams. Wade and Bosh were on the 2008 team in Beijing, then couldn't play on the London 2012 team because of injuries.
Around the league
Cavaliers • Guard Daniel Gibson was out for Cleveland's preseason game against Indiana on Tuesday night because of a concussion. The Cavaliers announced Gibson reported concussion symptoms on Monday. He will be cleared to resume contact and game action once he is symptom-free and successfully completes the NBA concussion protocol process.
Lakers • Kobe Bryant sat out of practice for the second straight day to rest his injured right foot. After Bryant missed Tuesday's practice, he said he probably won't play in the Lakers' preseason game against the Clippers on Wednesday night.