After the Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat’s 27 game-winning streak, LeBron James had some choice words for his opponents. "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."
The Chicago Bulls made their stamp on the game with physicality and hard nosed fouls, which frustrated James into a flagrant foul on Carlos Boozer toward the end of the 4th quarter.
Kirk Hinrich quickly defended his hard foul on James by saying, “The play before, there was a play earlier in the game where he was barreling down on me. I got the foul but he almost made it so I kind of ... you don't realize how strong that guy is and you forget sometimes, but with his speed and strength, you can't take anything for granted, so I still feel like I got the worst of it, obviously. But it was just one of those plays. I knew I was going to try to take a foul and then I just started going backwards and pulled him with me."
LeBron much like Shaquille O’Neal and many other big men, take fouls at a much more frequent and physical way than most players of smaller stature. However, for the first time in his career, LeBron James is clearly irked. “It's been happening all year, and I've been able to keep my cool and try to tell Spo, '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," James said. "It's tough. It's tough. It's very tough, and 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."