ORLANDO, Fla. - The Nets aren't about to crown the King for clowning them.
Following their big 88-87 win over the Heat in Miami Tuesday, LeBron James chuckled when asked if he thought the Nets were going to be their stiffest competition in the Eastern Conference.
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The Nets, after all, have beaten the Heat four times, sweeping the season series.
But James wasn't about to concede anything, essentially dismissing Craig Sager's query with a laugh, saying "Get out of here, Craig. Next question."
James' reaction did little to rile up the Nets -- at least publicly.
"That doesn't bother me," Deron Williams said after the Nets' 115-11 loss to the Magic Wednesday night. "We are not concerned with what he's doing or thinking or laughing about. We are worried about us. That's all I'm going to say."
Kevin Garnett also didn't seem too bothered by James.
"You have to understand, they probably get asked that about the Pacers, they probably get asked that about the Bulls," Garnett said. "It's something he probably gets tired of. Who knows what LeBron gets asked every night? He probably gets asked some of the most ridiculous questions and I don't take that personally because when you are on top, everybody is gunning for you."
"You know what? Everybody is looking to beat the Heat. Regular season is regular season and playoffs is a whole 'nother story. So the fact that he's fatigued about the questions and the nonsense -- not you guys -- but the nonsense some people ask . . . Some of the stuff that you guys ask can be kind of overwhelming. So I get it. A very emotional game, some of the questions were what they were and he answered then the way he felt. So that's what it is."
Paul Pierce's quest to be in rare NBA company was put on hold. Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Andray Blatche sat out the finale of the road trip. Pierce, who is five points shy of joining Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki as the only active players to reach 25,000 points, missed the game with a right hip pointer. Livingston is nursing a sore big toe and Blatche missed his second game with an unspecified illness.