LeBron James: It Wasn’t a Charge
LeBron still didn’t agree with the charge call after the game.
"I saw him backpedaling," James said. "Me as a driver, I’m watching the defender’s feet. I’m seeing if he’s stationed or is still moving. To me, I felt like he was still backpedaling, and as soon as I saw him backpedaling, that’s when I decided to take off. They called a charge. I haven’t seen the replay, but I know exactly what I’ve seen on the court with the defender right in front of me."
Joakim Noah said he was concerned Deng would get whistled after seeing James’ shot go in.
"I think one of the refs was about to call a block and then he looked at the other ref because he wasn’t sure, and the other ref—thank God—called a charge," Noah said.