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Streak over, LeBron upset about hard fouls

Kirk Hinrich wrapped both arms around him and pulled LeBron James to the ground. Taj Gibson clubbed James in the head. Later Gibson grabbed James by the neck to prevent a layup.

It seemed the only way to stop James on Wednesday in Chicago was with a little violence. For James, that's unwanted news as the playoffs approach. The reigning and most likely future MVP will be on the receiving end of a lot more abuse when the postseason begins.

"Let me calculate my thoughts real fast before I say it," 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 and the last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around the shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not basketball plays and it has been happening all year and I've been able to keep my cool and tell Spo let's not worry about it too much but it is getting to me a little bit," James said.

After being fouled multiple times at United Center with what he called non-basketball plays, James boiled over and took his frustration out on Carlos Boozer. James extended his elbow and shoulder against Boozer during a screen—clearly a non-basketball play—and was whistled for a technical foul. Boozer made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Bulls a nine-point lead.

After the game, James vented about the hard fouls.

"Every time I try to defend myself, I got to face the consequences of a flagrant or a technical," James said. "So, it's tough. It's very tough. And I'm not sitting here crying about anything. I play the game at a high level and with a lot of aggression and I understand that a lot of plays are on the borderline of a basketball play or not, but sometimes you just got to ... I don't know. It's frustrating."

Dwyane Wade said after the Heat's loss—its first since the beginning of February—that he's surprised James doesn't receive more technical fouls for retaliation. Wade went as far as to suggest that maybe James should dole out some of his own punishment from time to time.

"I big guy like that, I don't think they really want to see him start trying to inflict pain on other people," Wade said. "He plays the right way and he gets reffed like a guy who was in this Miami Heat jersey before, Shaquille O'Neal.

"It's tough, but that's why he is who he is. You've got to deal with it. It's unfortunate but tonight he decided to get back a little bit. I don't think it was that bad but he got called for it."

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well, this topic has a bit of a why question with it... the one question I have is, if you say Bron is to big so he should just accept this, than why does Tim Duncan get the calls he gets so much...

I mean bron, 6'8, 260... Tim Duncan, 7'0 285...

now, don't get me wrong, but, I remember, the finals where they played the Knicks...

The Knicks ran through a couple of physical playoff series's in the east to get to the finals.. to only see their whole front court get in foul trouble 5 minutes into each game in the finals against the Spurs... forget the year, but, if they coughed on Tim Duncan in those games, they got called for a foul... now this is the finals now... and when you still watch their games, it's the same thing.. can some one answer that question???

I mean, they won 4 titles... they had three all-star's... if you watch them now, it's hard to understand, why they get so many calls whether it's home or on the road... I'm gonna be honest, It's hard to watch them and not get fed up with the officials...

So, as we get ready for the postseason, we must be ready for this kind of play... Crazy as it may sound, the reality is, we won't get those same calls... So, we have to play through it anyway...

I'm just sayin...

I don't have a lot of sympathy for LeBron.He should check with his hero when he was young, Michael Jordan. The Detroit Pistons had a special defense for Jordan and you talk about being physical, they hammered him. Remember the Bad Boys. By the way, Jordan did not complain like LeBron has. Michael was a tough dude and played through it and eventually the Bulls led by Jordan crushed the Pistons. A lifetime Bulls fan who still feels LeBron made a big mistake by not coming to Chicago. He is getting too soft with that lifestyle in Miami--sun & sand. You have to be tough living in Chicago during the winters.

LAST NIGHT'S GAME LEFT ME WITH GOOD,BAD AND PISSED OFF!! AND IT HAD MORE TO DO WITH THE OFFICIATING THAN THE PLAY. THE GOOD IS THE HEAT CAN NOW CONCENTRATE ON WINNING THE TITLE INSTEAD OF THE STREAK. AFTER SECURING HOME COURT THEY CAN REST LEBRON FOR 2-3 GAMES HERE AND THERE. THE BAD THE FACT THAT IT WAS CHICAGO! I CANNOT STAND THE WAY THE LEAGUE ALLOWS THEM TO DO AS THEY WISH! BACK IN THE DAY WHEN DETROIT WAS PUNISHING THEM IT WAS CHICAGO (JORDAN/PIPPEN)WHO CRIED FOUL AND THE NBA CAME UP WITH FLAGRANT FOUL RULES! FINE! BUT NOW THE SAME ORGANIZATION IS ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH THE SAME TYPE OF PLAY THEY CRIED ABOUT! IF MICHAEL JORDAN DROVE THE LANE AND HE WAS BREATHE ON IT WAS A FOUL. LEBRON GETS HIT OVER AND OVER AND EVEN IN THE HEAD AND NOTHING IS CALLED! AS SOON AS HE RETALIATES IT'S A FOUL. THIS IS WHY I'M PISSED!! IT GOES BACK TO HOW DAVID STERN DOES NOT LIKE WADE! HOW CHICAGO HATES THEY DIDN'T GET LEBRON AND HOW THE NBA WILL MAKE IT HARD FOR THE HEAT TO WIN BACK/BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS! THEY ARE CLEARLY THE BETTER TEAM BUT THAT GAME WAS CIRCLED BY THE LEAGUE TO GET THRU THE SLOW MARCH PERIOD. HAD THE SPURS/HEAT GAME BEEN ON ABC/ESPN INSTEAD OF NBA TV HEAT WOULD HAVE WON THE GAME. MAKE NO EXCUSES OFFICIATING DICTATES HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED. LAST NIGHT EVERYTIME THE HEAT MADE A RUN THERE WAS A CALL THAT WENT CHICAGO'S WAY!! REMEMBER THE 8 SEC CALL GETTING ACROSS HALF COURT WAS OVERTURNED AND NOT EVEN REVIEWED? YES! I'M PISSED BUT I KNOW IT'S NOT THE TEAM BUT IT'S THE OFFICIALS! IF YOU'RE GOING TO FAVOR ANYONE FAVOR THE NBA CHAMPIONS!! THAT'S WHAT YOU DID FOR JORDAN!!

Who are you lying to...

The league changed some rules for MJ...

Are you CRAZY....

You couldn't touch MJ either...

And I am very familiar with Chi-town in the winter... Why the hell would you choose that cold, snowy weather over sunshine... See, you just crazy...

ohhhh heyyy...tough guy John over here LOL..."have to be tough living in Chicago during the winters"...hahahahaah, pathetic

Last time i checked the heat won the title last year...yea, big mistake in not going to Chicago

enjoy your championship game last night and pray your bulls don't meat the heat in the playoffs, full squad and all (get it? meat, cuz that's what you'll be getting in the playoffs)

Don't get me wrong, I luv having many of friends and relatives in that area, but the summer time is when you wanna be there, not the winter... man, you crazy...

The one thing nobody is saying about this size topic is, are they penalizing players who are bigger and talented because of their size... or is it because they're just that good...

I remember when Shaq was here, he got hard fouls every game... Now when he got fed up, everybody said he was too big, and he should except being fouled hard, which is even more crazy... kinda felt bad for Shaq... Just wanted to win, but, he's too big... and if he went back at some one he was wrong... CRAZY...

another example is D12... Some of the plays where he got injured was a foul that wasn't called.. picture that... he gets fouled, it's not called, and get's hurt... Crazy...

just for breaking the streak, the bulls should a Harlem Shake video... ANYWHOOO... WE MOVE FORWARD...

we need a intro song like the 90' bulls had...

black stop panicking!!!! it's alright my man, we'll be fine

Ok guys as a Chicago fan going way back, we saw what Jordan went through night in and night out in the NBA. Yes it's frustrating. Guys like Lebron and MJ, especially when young, want to drive and use their physicality to show dominance. Eventually, teams adjust and deny you that route to the basket. Heinrich and Gibson were both out of position and had to grab him to prevent and easy hoop. You can't take what they won't give you. Lebron is talented so he needs to do what MJ did. Develop a mean post up fade away jumper. It will save his body from wearing down like it saved Jordan's. Why take the beating.

Bron's game is already well-rounded... What the Bulls did last night was played a borderline dirty game that officials allowed with no consequence... and when he got fed up, they hit him with a tech...

what y'all think about resting some guys for the Spurs game????

don't want no fines but, hell, I was at that game when they didn't show up here in Miami..

Obviously...the refs sucked. Lebron is right...getting fouled almost on every drive with nothing called...all season long. I don't care how big & strong he is...a foul is a foul - geez. Spo has coached well all season...but last night not so much...matching LeBron with Hinrich & Wade on Deng wasn't working. Bosh...well...we all know how he played last night. Play Anderson more with Bosh - please !

@RP,

To be honest, when the playoffs start, Birdman and Joel should see the floor more... The main reason is, we need some size to help on the glass...

Another thing, our defense should get better...

It may be well rounded but being stubborn or stupid is a formula for disaster. Even the greats need to learn. How often now do you see Kobe take it to the rim these days. That's right only when he has a clear path. You force, you pay. That's the way it works in the NBA........

all in all, we're ok... just stay healthy.. I think, we have to be careful with the first round... The Bucks want to play us... Don't see why, but they are losing on purpose just to play us... they do have size.. but, so what...

now they say the bulls gave them the blueprint of how to beat us... yeah ok... I got a gameplan already... can't wait...

27 straight, what a run. I didn't see that coming. That was a very physical game. I don't have a problem 1 bit with what Bron did. I wouldn' t mind seeing more of that for the rest of the regular season. If you get kicked out of a game, so be it. Nothing wrong with a lil rest. Do it early in a road game and let the ref cheat the fans out of seeing Lebron James. Just let everyone know that LBJ is not a punching bag and set the tone for the playoffs.

Chris Anderson and Haslem have to be the enforcers on this team. Haslem had like 5 fouls. None of them sent any messages. Anderson needs to play more. Both of them needs to come off of the bench and both of them needs to make their presence felt. I see Spo doing this for the playoffs.

I like how Bosh starting attacking the rim last night. HE was going up weak early in the game. NExt thing you know, he was trying to dunk on people. It reminded me of his Toronto days. Big men can't be shooting jumpers all the time.

Joel can play so somebody outta foul out or get kicked out in a game like this. NOw is the time to send other team and officials messages. I rather see a Pittman like elbow now instead of in the playoffs.

I'm sure that whatever Spo comes up with, this will be the outcome.


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Stop playing Haslem and small ball so much.

I'm shocked that nobody on here has mentioned that we lost to a team missing Rose, Bellineli, Noah and Hamilton!!!! I'm absolutely disgusted we lost to an injury ravaged team like that. I mean we are lucky we didn't lose by 20 points. Yeah yeah yeah I know the streak had to end sometime, but honestly we had no business losing that game!!! I'm still pissed off!!!

Hey Num Nuts Le Quit....Your the best team and individual player in the league. Players are going to go after you. Quit cryin pu $$y....

ANY CHICAGO FANS WHO SAYS THAT JORDAN GOT THE SAME TREATMENT THAT LEBRON RECEIVES NOW IS FULL OF SH..! JORDAN COULD NOT GET PASSED THE PISTONS UNTIL THE LEAGUE CHANGED THE RULES! JORDAN IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME GRANT YOU THAT BUT HE HAD THE NBA IN HIS POCKET AND COULD DO WHATEVER HE WANTED TO DO AND GET AWAY WITH IT! REMEMBER GAMBLING? WHAT ABOUT I DON'T WANT TO PLAY WITH I THOMAS! DON'T GIVE ME THAT SAME TREATMENT SH..! JORDAN DOES NOT LIKE LEBRON ISN'T IT IRONIC THAT THE STREAK ENDED IN JORDAN'S HOUSE! DON'T MATTER YOU WILL NOT GET ANY BREAKS WHEN YOU COME TO S.BEACH AND I HOPE "PUNK ASS" SPO TURN THE DOGS LOSE AND SEND YOU A MESSAGE THAT YOU WILL NOT WIN IN MIAMI EVEN WITH ROSE,NOAH BECAUSE A MESSAGE HAS TO BE SENT. THE BULLS WON'T MAKE IT PASS THE 1ST ROUND SO WHEN WE PLAY YOU IN APRIL I HOPE THE HEAT STILL STOMP THEIR AZZ! GO HEAT! FORGET THE STREAK! BACK/BACK BABY! TAKE THAT CHICAGO! REFS CAN'T HELP YOU WITH THAT!

APRIL 14! BULLS VS HEAT IN MIAMI !! BRING OUT THE DOGS AND LET'S SHOW THEM YOU WILL NOT WIN IN S. BEACH IN APRIL!! HARD FOULS! YES! FLAGRANT FOULS! DAMN RIGHT! BULLS WIN ? HELL NO! HEAT BY 20!

Holy moly. Cap locks are...nevermind. My god

I agree with all the hard fouls on LeBron. I hope that when the punk ass Bulls come to Miami that they get beat by 30!! I would show no mercy for them. As for why they lost well look at it like this-Jeff Green of the celtics had a career day against the heat and has done JACK since!! All of the punk bulls had career nights & were prolly tired of hearing about the streak so they played the game of their lives. As I was telling a friend now watch them go out & lose their next 2-3 games. Always happens after teams play the heat. It baffles me why people hate on LBJ so much & for what? Because he said where he was going on a show that benefitted the local Boys & Girls club by giving them around 3-4M dollars?!?!? WOW! What a crappy guy to help out kids like that. Maybe if he was a wife beater, a murderer, or a child molester it would be cool. I hope the Heat steamroll every opponent from here on out but especially them punk-A bulls on the 14th

The tears if the Heat Fans are as sweet tasting as the Heat players.

Wow, I guess winning a regular season game in March has become the equivalent of winning a playoff series or championship... Look, the streak is over... We're the top seed in the east.. And have a great chance to do something special... All you Bulls fans trolling on our blog, enjoy the win... It made your season.. We move forward...

Congrats' to the UM Mens' Basketball team on a very good season... Hold your heads up, you guys did well this season....

Congrats' to D-Wade, your Marquette guys played well and deserve to be moving on in the tourney...

Guarantee there will be a fight when Bulls come to MIA. Get ready...Stern & your punk refs are in for some extra work. Review all your flagrant foul interpretations plus eyeballing the courtside replay screen. Where's Maglorie when you need him ?? Black...you in ?

I just heard Celtics GM Danny Ainge say that Bron shouldn't be crying about hard fouls... REALLY???

I guess, when your team is as bad as the Celtics have been this season, the only way to beat a team is to flagrantly foul their stars to hurt them so your bumass team could have a chance to compete...

Dam, I guess that was the thought when y'all tackled Rambis in the finals back in the day... smh...

guess when you can't beat them fairly, just injure them...

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