Throughout the series, Cleveland Coach Mike Brown has been harping on the perceived brutality the Wizards are using on LeBron James in his chats with the media. It really got good Sunday when Brown hammered his fist on a table three times to make his point.
Also, Brown has come out onto the court several times to plead his case with refs.
Today, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan, who has not mentioned the referees so far, finally responded and he pointed out, correctly, that many of the hard fouls in this series have actually come from the Cavs in this series.
In Game 1, James responded to a hard foul from Andray Blatche by blasting Blatche in the face with a forearm and in Game 2, Devin Brown took Roger Mason Jr. down hard on a breakaway layup, Anderson Varejao cracked Blatche in the face as Blatche went up for a layup and Delonte West laid a hard foul on Antonio Daniels as Daniels went to the hoop.
Varejao received a flagrant 1 for his hit on Blatche but none of those plays created the perception that the Cavs are somehow playing dirty.
Eddie Jordan: "Well, if they are like the fouls they gave on us, you have to at least act like you are going for the ball and you can throw your body at anybody you like. Just watching the fouls they gave on us, it was you know, pretend you are going for the ball and throw your body at the guy. So, that's a good technique."
Yesterday, Haywood had a good line about Brown's dramatic reaction to any contact on James. "Every time, LeBron gets fouled, Mike comes running out there like he got shot or something. Calm down Mike. It's not that serious. We're not trying to take him out. It's all within the confines of the game. I don't see how coaches should be running out on the court anyway. Isn't there a coaches' box? Since we're talking about the confines of league rules, he shouldn't be out of the box."
Today, Haywood was asked about it all again.
On the flagant 2 foul and ejection he was hit with for fouling James in Game 2: "If that's Delonte West I fouled like that, do they throw me out? Probably not."
On Brown's reactions: "C'mon Mike. That man's name is LeBron James not LeBron Brown. He' s not your son.
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