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CLEVELAND – Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue clearly has his mind set on his money, but his players are starting to overflow in Regarding how they will be officiated.
With 1:59 left in the third quarter of the 108-97 Cavs victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday, LeBron James was sent off for the first time in his 15-year career. Lue, when asked if James's early departure was justified, smiled and uttered a brief "Yes!" When asked if he knew what James said, the head coach of the Cavs denied any knowledge, but he only agreed that NBA official Kane Fitzgerald make the right call.
"What do you want me to do?" Lue asked rhetorically. "Go against the referees" No, he was expelled. He is out "
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Tuesday night marked the 1,082 regular season game of James' career, driving to the basket with his team with 23 points, James made contact with James Johnson of Miami in the middle of the court before of attempting an eight foot floating jump shot and getting additional contact from the Heat forward, while Miami center Hbadan Whiteside corralled the rebound, James immediately started barking at Fitzgerald and was penalized with a technical foul before being ejected.
While his coach was a little more affable when discussing the situation, James was not so good, arguing the moment with a hat stuck to his eyes.
"They messed me up, I showed my frustration to the referee and he sent me to see tuario, "said James. "On that particular play, I committed a foul on the whole court, from the moment I undressed [the ball] to the edge." I said what I had to say and went ahead, but [Fitzgerald] I decided I should get two of them. "
Fitzgerald is currently among the least favored officials in the NBA's local team for the 2017-18 season, with local teams winning only 33 percent of the games he officiates, but his lack total one season ago. more favorable for those who play host. When asked specifically what he said, all James said was that it was nothing he had not told an official in the past. After the game, Fitzgerald told a group reporter (through Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com ) that while there were no prior infractions before that specific sequence, the expulsion was the result of a series of events.
"It was the culmination of a couple of different acts," Fitzgerald said. "Immediately after the non-call, he turned and threw a blow of air directly at me, and then attacked me aggressively, and then used the vulgarity in my ear a couple of times."
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Over the course of the last few games, the Cavaliers have been the victims of a small free-throw disparity that has caused some eyebrows in the locker room as they try to fight against each other larger with smaller and more versatile weapons.
On Monday night in Philadelphia, 76ers center Joel Embiid committed several questionable fouls over Cleveland's Kevin Love center. Last Friday, the Charlotte Hornets won 27 free throws compared to 15. The veteran Dwight Howard came on the line nine times, several of which could have gone in any direction, since Love frequently was sitting, turning his finger index to indicate a possible revision of a load that would be called a lack of blockage.
After a game early in the season, Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose expressed his frustration at not receiving calls, only for the NBA to change the play in which he injured his ankle against the Milwaukee Bucks to a flagrant lack.
On Tuesday, despite being forced into the locker room after only 28 minutes of play, James finished with 21 points in 10 of 16 shots to go with 12 rebounds, six badists and five steals. Of his 16 shots, only three went beyond the goal, however, he only received a free throw, occurring in the first possession of the game by the team. When James was expelled, Love was on the Cleveland bench and immediately showed a disbelieving face. [Séptimode19659022] "I know I probably said something to justify a coach, and you're not supposed to face a referee like that," Love said. , sitting with his knees wrapped in ice after facing another larger physical opponent. "But when you look at the play, he got a foul, I did not think it was something that made you throw, it means a lot to our team, and it's been so good in the last quarter that I thought it was just a hard and tough decision."
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While the Cavaliers are currently fifth in the league in tied personal fouls, a closer look at the numbers shows that the team may not do it justice.
Love, playing as the team's starting center for much of this season, leads the team in free throw attempts with 5.8 per game. James, however, is among the leaders of the league in points in the paint. He is currently fourth in the NBA in field goal attempts 10 feet from the edge, however, he is 21st in the NBA to reach the line. He does it less often than jump players like Kemba Walker of Charlotte and Bradley Beal of Washington.
As Kyle Welch of Waiting for Next Year stood out during the 2015-16 season, James often receives markedly fewer free throw attempts than other players who dominate basketball and play the bulk of their game in the paint. Midway through the 2016-17 season, Welch showed where James would be if he were the same as other physical players.
Entering the game on Tuesday, James's 5.6 free throw attempts per game were a minimum of his career, while his field of 19.3 "goal-per-game attempts were the most he has endured since 2009-10
"I think I'm one of the leaders in the league in points in the paint," James said in reference to how the whistles have (or haven's) been blown. "I drive as much as anyone. At this point, it's almost as if they were trying to turn me into a shooter. "
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James' teammate, Dwyane Wade, shared that he was once expelled During his Heat days in a game against the Cavaliers, for Wade's credit, he admitted that he was trying to be expelled, saying that he was throwing every vulgarity in the book.As far as James is concerned, however, Wade was a Little more sympathetic.
"I just thought it was fast," Wade said, choosing his words carefully. "A player like him, you give him the benefit of the doubt. He says what he says, you give him a technician and you leave. I've seen him get angry, I've never seen him expelled. However, an expulsion in 15 years is pretty good. "
While James may be smoking, Love may be confused and Wade may be more impressed than anything, Lue sought to find the positive side in the whole saga.  "Get him out of here!" Lue said as he left his post-game direction, jerking his thumb like a referee, happy that his team won their ninth consecutive game decisively. "Keep your minutes down."