Miami Heat forward LeBron James says he could be tasked with defending Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson during Wednesday's pivotal Game 2 in South Beach, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports. The Heat are hoping to avoid a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
Coming off a 27-point, nine-assist effort in the opening game of the series, it's clear Robinson has become a focal point for Miami's defense. While being defended by the likes of Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole in Game 1, the 5'9 guard had little trouble finding seams to penetrate the Miami defense, but adjustments are likely coming for Game 2.
One of those adjustments could be putting James, the 6'9 league MVP, on the diminutive point guard. "It wouldn't be a surprise if I matched up with him," James said Tuesday. "But I'll take the challenge on [defense]."
This is a role James has filled in the past. During the Heat's impressive dismantling of the Bulls during the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron consistently guarded Chicago point guard Derrick Rose in key situations. Rose struggled as the Bulls lost the series, 4-1.