The Cleveland Cavaliers are one loss away from history repeating itself with the Warriors topping them in the NBA Finals. And head coach Tyronn Lue is not happy with how the referees are treating his star player, LeBron James.
After the Cavs dropped Game 4 of the NBA Finals, 108-97, putting Cleveland in a 3-1 deficit to the Warriors, Lue was asked about the lack of calls when James drives to the hoop.
"He never gets calls," Lue said on James. "I mean he attacks, he's one of the most -- outside of Russell Westbrook, he's one of the guys that attacks the paint on 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."
James shot four free throws, making two of them. He was also called for four personal fouls of his own. In four games of the NBA Finals, James has gone to the free throw line 17 times.
By team comparison, the Warriors shot 31 free throws (25-for-31) and the Cavs attempted 26 free throws (15-for-26) in Game 4.
Lue also said he did not see Warriors forward Draymond Green hit James in the groin when the Cavs forward stepped over Green. The incident saw the two having to be held back by teammates and resulted in double personal fouls.
James said he expects the NBA to review the incident. With Green two technical fouls or one flagrant foul from a suspension, his status for Game 5 could be in jeopardy.
“They’ll take a look at it,” James said. “We all saw it in the locker room. You, like I said, as a competitor, I love going against Draymond and I’m all about going out there and leaving it out on the floor.
“But when it gets a little bit more than it should be, that’s what caused me to have words with him.”
The Warriors look to close out the series and repeat as NBA champions Monday night at Oracle Arena.