LeBron James and Draymond Green

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t happy with the officiating during the Golden State Warriors’ 108-97 victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

James also said he wasn’t happy with Draymond Green swinging his arm at his groin and exchanging words with him following getting tangled up with the Warriors forward.

He told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com that while he loves going against Draymond, the Golden State star crossed the line with his actions.

“Draymond just said something that I don’t agree with. I’m all cool with the competition. I’m all fine with that, but some of the words that came out of his mouth were a little bit overboard,” James said. “Being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids and a family, things of that nature, some things just go overboard, and that’s where he took it, and that was it.”

Green responded in an interview with ESPN Radio that he’s got respect for LeBron but, “we got tangled up. It is what it is.”

Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue wasn’t happy with the officiating towards his star player. LeBron only shot four total free throws in Game 4. He told Windhorst that James doesn’t get a fair whistle and that his strength shouldn’t  negate clear fouls.

“He never gets calls,” Lue said. “I mean, he attacks. Outside of Russell Westbrook, he’s one of the guys that attacks the paint every single play. And he doesn’t get a fair whistle all the time because of his strength and because of his power and guys bounce off of him. But those are still fouls, and we weren’t able to get them. But we’ve got to play through officiating.”

Lue’s got a point. LeBron is a beast, and while he’s not shy about asking officials for foul calls, it’s pretty absurd the strongest, most aggressive player in the league is only getting to the line twice in an NBA Finals game.

There’s likely going to be some discipline from the NBA for the events. Green has now elected to swing at an opposing players groins multiple times during the NBA playoffs. Windhorst notes he’ll face a possible suspension for the shot. As for Lue, there’s no way he’s not getting fined for his post-game comments about officiating. That’s probably money well spent.

[ESPN]

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