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"I always feel like in a playoff series or certain regular-season games that a team may be trying to go for me," James said. "It’s happened. I’m not saying guys are playing dirty, but certain guys say, ‘You know, if you hard-foul LeBron, get him off the ball, he’ll stop being aggressive and things like that.’ I know when it’s happening and I see when it’s about to happen. I’m always in protect mode. I’ve been hard-fouled a lot."
James said one of those situations happened in Game 5. Indiana forward David West — who left Tuesday’s game with what the team called a sprained knee, though he insisted Wednesday he was not hurt — took exception to a play where he was knocked backward, saying a Heat player fell into his knee.
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Not long afterward, he fouled James, who said he saw West coming.
"He was the one on the floor and I was the one still standing," James said. "So I started laughing at that. But he tried to get me."
West said on Wednesday that if Indiana wants to force a Game 7 in Miami, it simply needs to play better on both ends than it did on Tuesday night.
"You’ve just got to stand your ground. I think that’s the biggest thing," West said. "It was unfortunate, the play at the end of the game on Lance. But we’ve just got to deal with it, man up, handle it — like I said, the best way you can, within the rules."
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