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Video: LeBron, Wade comment on Westbrook’s hard foul

Apr 5, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

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There is a great line at the end of the classic movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor “Tora Tora Tora” where the after the bombing Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto says, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” (Yes, I know that is not a historically accurate quote, but you’re on a basketball blog so let’s have some latitude here.)

It felt like Russell Westbrook did that to the Heat.

LeBron James was on a breakaway and Westbrook ran him down and went for the foul. The problem is James is so strong he draws the and-1 unless you foul hard — Westbrook fouled LeBron hard but while he was in the air, leading to an awkward landing by LeBron. He walked away from it, but it could have been ugly and Westbrook got a flagrant 1 foul (that would have been a flagrant 2 if James got injured, and we can debate another day whether the luck of the landing should play a part in the severity of the call).

After that, the Heat were even more fired up and went on to win. James and Dwyane Wade talk about the foul and the impact after the game.

The Heat may be one of those rare teams that play better angry. You can bet the Heat remember this if these teams meet again in the finals.

  1. pl4tinum514 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Hopefully everyone’s nice to them in the playoffs so they can choke again.

    • david0303 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      hopefully someone talks trash to lebron so he can get scared again and think of the basketball as a hot potato

  2. adnan604 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    wow, I saw how LeBron fell, the way his knees buckled and twisted, and WHAT THE EFF, are this guy’s ligaments made of indestructible fibres or something, dang!!!
    that type of fall would mean at minimum a torn meniscus to even professional athletes let alone a normal human being..

    This dude must’ve been created in a lab somewhere, he’s never been seriously injured throughout his whole career, it’s ridiculous defies logic…

    But a pretty dumb comment where he says in the clip “I’m not gonna call Russ a dirty player, y’know, I’ll let yall do that…. ”

    that sentence should have just ended after “y’know”

  3. turnmymicup - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    It was a physical game on both sides of the ball. That was a dirty play though. Hard foul my asse. Lebron was already in the air about to dunk. Westbrook basically grabbed him and threw him to the floor. Later in the game Durant tried getting big with lebron too. Didnt work out so good for Kevin though. Go Heat!!!

  4. deiong - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    and the allstart airport checking that wade put on kobe doesnt put wade in the same dirty player category?

  5. africanballer - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    this kid lebon is tough damn

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