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“It was nothing really. I set a blind screen and I thought he flopped on it,” Haywood said. “I went to talk to [official] Bob [Delaney] about it, and [James] took offense that I was standing over him. At that point in the game, he’s not gonna get up and do anything. What’s he gonna do? Throw a punch? Get thrown out of the game? Shoot, I would’ve been the MVP like Robert Horry, if I got him to do that.

“He should just chill out, play ball and it’s going to be a rough-and-tough series. He’s going to get fouled if he comes to the basket, but no one’s trying to hurt him.”