Los Angeles is coming off a 108-107 road loss to the Heat, a game in which James scored 30 points. Still, the Lakers (3-4) remain winless in four tries on the road.
James seemingly took a shot to the face from Heat center Thomas Bryant — a former Lakers teammate — when going up for a dunk in the third quarter. That is when Ham got T’d up.
“What they’re telling me is not consistent with what’s actually happening on the floor,” James said, via McMenamin. “When I went for the dunk attempt against Thomas Bryant, he clearly elbowed — like, arm straight across my face. And I asked him for the explanation — well, one of the refs said that he was straight up, hands straight in the air. Two of the refs said they were blocked and they didn’t see it.”
The Lakers filed their complaint with the league office after the game, McMenamin reported.
“I mean, I don’t know what to [say],” James said. “I’m going over to them respectfully and telling them what’s going on in the plays and I consistently go to the line three or four times a game. Sometimes not even at all, which is weird.