Reggie Evans was not thinking. Before Miami routed the Brooklyn Nets last night Evans shared a few words of pre-game trash-talk. Knocking Miami’s championship and even comparing LeBron James to the talents of Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche. Brooklyn lost, and LeBron didn’t want to say too much about Evans after the game, but he said just enough.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—On a day Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evansquestioned the legitimacy of the Miami Heat’s 2012 NBAchampionship, the Heat gave Evans something more tangible to mull: Whether the Nets ever will beat the Heat or LeBron James. Defeating the Nets for the 13th consecutive time, the Heat swept the season series for the third time in as many years with Wednesday night’s 105-85 victory at theBarclays Center. During the morning shootaround, Evans questioned whether the Heat’s 2012 title was tainted, considering it came after a lockout-shortened 66-game schedule. But 66 games or the traditional 82, the Heat simply have the Nets’ number, particularly James. Dating to his time in Cleveland, James has now defeated the Nets 17 consecutive times. James very much played with a purpose. A Reggie Evans purpose. Asked if Evans’ pregame comments resonated in his play, James said, “Yeah, it did.” Did it ever, with James closing with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. “No one knows what it takes unless you’ve done it,” James said, reflecting as much on his nine-season quest for his first title as Evans’ comments. “You can’t sit here and judge and talk about a team winning a championship unless you’ve been through it and actually done it. He hasn’t done it. “I’m not going to sit here and give Reggie Evans a lot of press, because that’s what’s going to happen. I’m going to give him a lot of press and people going to talk about Reggie Evans for the next couple of days when he probably wouldn’t be talked about.” No, James said, there was no interaction between the two during the game. “I let my game do the talking,” he said. He paused, then added, “We understand what we’ve been through.” He wasn’t done. “You just can’t come out and say something like that about a champion,” he said. He then said he didn’t want to talk about Evans anymore. But that didn’t stop him from very publicly glancing down at the box score, at Evans’ stats. “Hold on,” he said. “I’m looking at Reggie Evans’ numbers real quick. He had no offensive rebounds, so we did our number on him, and we got the win more importantly.” Evans exited without comment.