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LeBron doesn’t want Tuesday’s Heat/Bucks match called playoff preview

Apr 9, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

Miami Heat's James celebrates a basket against Detroit Pistons during NBA game in Miami Reuters

It’s a fact that goes against your first instinct but nonetheless has proven true over the years — regular season NBA games are not good predictors of postseason series. Every year a team that dominates a team during the regular season gets whitewashed in the playoffs. The intensity level is different, games are slower paced, there are no back-to-backs and guys will play through injuries. It’s just different.

So anyone looking to read much of anything the Heat game against the Bucks on Tuesday is making a mistake (the Heat will be without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, for one).

Don’t just take my word for it, here is what LeBron said when asked about the matchup aspect of the game, as reported by the Journal Sentinel.

“I really hate that question, personally,” James said of how the Bucks match up against the Heat. “I hate it when people say people match up well with us. We don’t really care about it too much. We want to go out and take away from what they do best.

“They’re very good with dribble drive, dribble penetration. They share the ball and play at a high level.”

Brandon Jennings said a couple weeks ago that he thought the Bucks matched up pretty well with the Heat. He’s wrong. The Bucks might win a game in that series on a night he and Monta Ellis get hot from three. But the pressure the Heat apply defensively when focused will overwhelm the Bucks (their offense just isn’t that good). Plus, the Bucks like to play fast and that will give the Heat easy buckets in transition.

But that is for the playoffs. We’ll see how much of any of it applies to Tuesday night.

  1. 13arod - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    i don’t want miami to face bucks in playoffs the heat have bad record v.s the bucks so i am scared

    • Distinguished Male - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      obvious sarcasm isn’t so obvious to some, apparently

  2. asublimeday - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Lebron is such an egomaniac, and he wonders why he’s so hated. He talks down to the media and has a generally abrasive attitude.

    • divan22 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      That’s not why he’s hated. That’s FAR too convenient a reason. I promise you he’s no more self-centered than most of the athletes you love.

      No, the truth is that he’s hated by people like you because he’s ridiculously great and you wish he was on your team. After all, he could crush your favorite player(s) like the insignificant cockroaches they are, and you know it.

      • gmsingh - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        He’s still not smarter than a fifth grader.

    • jt1138 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      How? How does this in any way make you think he’s an egomaniac? Give me one reason.

      • Distinguished Male - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Confirmation bias. Dude hates LeBron, so anything he says or does is proof on how bad of a guy LeBron is. He could go and hug a cancer patient, and asublimeday over here would be chastising him for not having cured cancer yet.

  3. rickyspanish - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM


    You’d love him if he played for your favorite team.

  4. saint1997 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Looking forward to Larry Sanders playoff debut!!

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      I wonder in what spectacular fashion he will get ejected LOL

      Whats the over under on which game he gets thrown out of?

      • saint1997 - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        haha i know i reckon he’s gone game 3 but thats me

  5. fanofevilempire - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    not about the Knicks either………

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