Indiana Pacers star David West doubts LeBron James was injured before their clash with the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
The Heat won a close encounter 94-97 at the AmericanAirlines Arena, and West believes "they [the Heat] stole the game from us [the Pacers]."
Before the game, LeBron James was an injury doubt after rolling his ankle in the Heat's previous game.
But he passed a fitness test after missing the morning shoot-around, and went on to score 24 points in the Heat victory - Dwayne Wade top scored with 32.
And West told the Sun Sentinel that he wasn't buying the media reports about James's ankle problem before the game.
"You guys buy into the hype of him being hurt and all that other stuff," said West. "We don't believe that."
James scored 24 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished seven assists - including one to Ray Allen for a crucial three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
He rated himself seven out of ten on his recovery scale, but the Pacers clearly think he was at full throttle.
The mind games are already beginning between these two Eastern Conference powerhouses then, and many expect the duo to face off in the playoffs for the right to play in the NBA Finals.