"Let me calculate my thoughts real fast before I say (what I want to say)," James said after the Bulls' 101-07 win, via ESPNChicago.com. "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."
During the first quarter with Chicago leading by 13, LeBron got out on a one-on-one fast break with only Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich between him and the hoop. With the LBJ freight train coming right at him, Hinrich wrapped up the 6'8", 250-pound superstar. Both fell down hard. Hinrich looked as if he got the worst of the collision, falling backwards and knocking the back of his head against the hardwood.
ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy thought differently than James when watching the replay, saying that it could have been an offensive foul if Hinrich didn't put his arms around him.
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As the fourth quarter was winding down and Chicago leading by nine, James used a screen to drive through the lane and attack the basket. Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson collapsed on James, with Butler initiating the first contact. Then Gibson caught James in the chest with his outstretched left arm and was initially called for a flagrant foul. After a review, it was downgraded to a personal.
Van Gundy agreed that it shouldn't have been a flagrant foul.
Seconds later, James was called for a flagrant foul after driving his shoulder into Carlos Boozer while trying to set a screen.
"Every time I try to defend myself I gotta face the consequences, whatever it may be," James said, per CSNChicago.com. "It’s 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."