The Golden State Warriors took a 3-1 NBA Finals lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers thanks to a 108-97 win at The Q Arena last night.
Kyrie Irving did his best to help keep the Cavaliers in the game, his 34 points being a huge help for a Cleveland team that struggled to get scoring from their bench. Another player who had an excellent game was LeBron James, typically.
The former NBA MVP had a near triple-double, ending the night with 25 points, 13 boards and nine assists. However, despite playing 45 minutes, LeBron only had four attempts from the free-throw line. Tyronn Lue wasn't too happy about it.
"He never gets calls," Lue said when asked about perceived non-calls on James in the 108-97 loss to the Warriors.
"I mean, he attacks. He's one of the most - outside of Russell Westbrook - he's one of the guys that attacks the paint every single play."
"And he doesn't get a fair whistle all the time because of his strength and because of his power and guys bounce off of him."
Lue said something similar in the pre-game practice, comparing his star man to a modern day Shaquille O'Neal with the lack of calls he gets from referees just because of his size and athleticism.
The head coach did later go onto concede that these are things that happen sometimes in a contact sport.
"Those are still fouls and we weren't able to get them," Lue said. "But we've got to play through officiating."