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Jeff Ayres says Heat players were ‘trying to take out his knees’ during preseason game vs. Spurs

Oct 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Jeff Ayres (formerly Jeff Pendergraph) played for the Indiana Pacers last season, a team that took the eventual champion Heat to seven games during the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the final game of the series, with the score out of hand and the contest having already been decided, Ayres got into a shoving match with Norris Cole, and although the confrontation was minor, both players were ejected by the officials to prevent things from escalating during garbage time.

Ayres signed with the Spurs in the offseason, and played for his new team against the Heat in Miami on Saturday. Apparently, though, the name change and the new uniform weren’t enough to make the Heat players forget about how Ayres played against them in last season’s playoffs.

From Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

Ayres felt no love lost in Miami after switching to the Spurs.

“That’s what it felt like,” Ayres said. “People were trying to take out my knees and stuff. I was like, it’s preseason take a chill pill.”

The Heat seemed to take the rematch against the Spurs quite seriously, so we’ll take Ayres’ word for it. Despite the fact that the game meant nothing in the standings. Dwyane Wade looked sharp and the Heat rolled to a 121-96 victory.

  1. asimonetti88 - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’m sure a team featuring Dwyane Wade would never attempt to injure another player. Just ask Rajon Rondo, Ramon Sessions, Darren Collison or Kobe Bryant.

    • kingwithringz - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      Darren Collison got it cuz Danny Granger was acting gangsta. So his teammates paid.

    • eternallyill - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      D wade and the rest of Miami take their fare share of blows as well. It’s crazy how people think it’s a one way street. All throughout the playoffs eastern conference teams would quietly discuss how you can throw Miami off if you “touch em up a little”. Watch the Chicago series, or the Indiana series again, it’s pretty much an even keel. D wade is a tenacious defender who isn’t innocent but it’s unfair to call him dirty. This Jeff Ayres guys is soft…..

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Heh. He let that Hibbert saltiness rub off on him.

  3. casualcommenter - Oct 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    That makes sense. Obviously, whenever a team plays the San Antonio Spurs, the player on the top of their “hit/intimidation list” isn’t going to be a scrub like Tony Parker. Or Tim Duncan. Or Manu Ginobili. Or Kawhi Leonard.

    No sir – target #1 is going to be a guy named “Jeff Ayres.” That’s because if “Jeff Ayres” gets injured, the Spurs’ season is done, and everybody knows it!

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Right, I’m sure the fight from last season had nothing to do with it.

      • zoomy123 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        Looks like you had a nice tall glass of retard juice this morning. Let’s look at some people that the Heat have a real beef against: The Chicago Bulls. How many techs, flagrants, and ejections were given out in that series? But oh no! The Heat don’t try to take out the knees of Noah, or Muhammed, no sir, they go after…Jeff Ayres?

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        Probably because Jeff Ayres doesn’t play for the Bulls.

  4. dls612 - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    First of all who is you , second who is you and third WHO IS YOU !!!!

    • Anoesis - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      “Who is you?” Three times no less. English, do you speak it?

      • 00maltliquor - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Booooo

      • rodyaugu - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Who is you to correct him?

  5. JMClarkent - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I will say that until Brett advised that Ayes was Pendergraph, I was like “who the heck is…”

  6. meyeshua - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Could have explained his name change. Did he marry his boyfriend and take his last name?

  7. reesesteel23 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Who?

  8. leahcima1 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    This is totally stupid. Jeff what ever his name is must be on something. What a moronic thing to say.

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