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Cavs' Lue on officiating of LeBron: 'He never gets calls'

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Cavs' Lue on officiating of LeBron: 'He never gets calls'

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. 

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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. 

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important]

"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgeon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who certainly will be watching when the Warriors big man takes the floor Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATED: Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress they're putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a 6-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins isn't a small person, and at various points throughout his career, he has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that isn't an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite-level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans shouldn't expect a seamless assimilation. It will take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He'll have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller