Apr 26, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra yells out during the first half against the Charlotte Bobcats in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Upset About NBA Not Protecting LeBron James


The biggest talking point that came out of the Heat’s Game 2 win over the Bobcats earlier this week was the Josh McRoberts elbow to LeBron James’ throat. While the play wasn’t classified as flagrant at the time, it was upgraded later but that hasn’t satisfied the Heat at all.

Taking into account how much LeBron James is a target on the court, the Heat are upset that the NBA isn’t doing enough to protect the league’s best player.

Per Ethan Skolnick:

“I take a lot of hard fouls, I understand that,” James said. “Guys try to stop me from getting three-point plays. But we all know what the difference is between a basketball foul and a non-basketball foul.”

“My foul didn’t even get checked,” James said. “And it was a crucial point in the game, with 50 seconds left.”

We usually hear other fans from other teams complaining about how LeBron always gets calls, we’ve seen plenty of times in which he doesn’t. The elbow to the throat was an example of this and the Heat have a point when they call out the league for protecting LeBron at the wrong times and not doing so other times.

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