If you haven't heard yet, the Heat's 27-game winning streak is over. Last night, they lost to the shorthanded Bulls 101-97 at the United Center in Chicago. And, after the game, LeBron James was not happy. It had nothing to do with his team's performance, though. Instead, King James was unhappy with the way that some of the Bulls were defending him throughout the game.
"Let me calculate my thoughts real fast before I say [what I want to say]," James said. "I believe and I know that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays. First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. The last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not defensive…those are not basketball plays."
But, as James explained later, those kinds of fouls aren't anything new for him and the Heat. They just sting a little bit more after a loss.
"It's been happening all year," he said, "and I've been able to keep my cool and try to tell [Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra], 'Let's not worry about it too much.' But it is getting to me a little bit because every time I try to defend myself, I got to face the consequences of a flagrant for me or a technical foul, whatever the case may be. It's tough…I'm not sitting here crying about anything because I play the game at a high level. I play with a lot of aggression, and I understand that some of the plays are on the borderline of a basketball play or not, but sometimes you just got to…I don't know. It's frustrating."
Know who you don't want to be right now? The Hornets. They play the Heat tomorrow night, and we're sure LeBron will still be fuming about this. They better be ready.
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[via ESPN Chicago]