LeBron James expresses frustration at not receiving more flagrant foul calls

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Standing at six-foot-eight and 250 pounds, LeBron James is one of the most powerful and athletic players in the NBA. 

Players with his ability - mixing size and speed - do not come around too often. 

The King poses problems for opposing defenders almost every night he takes to the floor and doesn't make things easy for officials too. 

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Due to his huge frame, taking LeBron down is not an easy thing to do, but as he drives to the basket like a freight train, there are numerous players who take drastic action to stop him from getting there. 

Because he maybe doesn't always go down or react to hard fouls that come his way, he hardly gets the rub of the green from referees, something which irks the four-time MVP.

"I have no idea what it is," James said after practice on Tuesday. "I know what it is when it happens to someone else, but I don't know when it involves me. I have no idea what a common foul and flagrant foul is."

The two-time NBA champion was speaking on the issue after being on the receiving end of a number of plays in Cleveland's 115-84 dismantling of the Toronto Raptors in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the first half, James caught an elbow from Bismack Biyombo to the back of the head as he battled for a rebound and was wrapped up around the shoulder area by DeMarre Carroll in the second half on a fast break, where a common foul was called by officials after review. 

Incidentally, Biyombo was also involved in another potentially dangerous play involving Tristan Thompson as he fouled the Cavs man after he went up for a layup which caused him to hit the ground. A common foul was also called on this play.

"I thought Tristan's throwdown last night was a little excessive, but he went up there and made two free throws and that's all that matters," James said. "I've pretty much chalked it up to common fouls [being called] with me [getting hit]."

James' words could be seen as a way of potentially influencing the referees going into game two to try and get some favourable calls his way, so it will be interesting to see how the officials react the next time he's hit with a hard foul. 

The two teams will take to the Quicken Loans Arena court again tonight for a pivotal game for the Raptors if they are to stand any chance of progressing. 

The Wine and Gold are the clear favourites to make the NBA finals again and displayed why with a clinical display to open the series.

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