LeBron James avoiding war of words with Pistons coach

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks for a pass while under pressure from Tobias Harris #34 of the Detroit Pistons during the second half of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 106-101.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio— LeBron James won’t get into any verbal fight with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

Detroit’s coach was critical of the officiating during Cleveland’s win in Game 1 on Sunday and was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his comments during a TV interview after the first quarter. Van Gundy complained that James “gets to do what he wants.”

James said after practice Tuesday that he wasn’t aware of Van Gundy’s comments. But James says the remarks are a non-issue and the coach is trying to gain an advantage for the eighth-seeded Pistons.

James, who uses social media less during the playoffs, also didn’t know that Pistons 19-year-old rookie forward Stanley Johnson said the Cavaliers star had tried to throw him to the floor in the opener.

James says he’s “not having an individual matchup with Stan or Stanley or any other Stan they can possess.”

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