LeBron James not only plays the game at a different level -- he had 31 points, nine assists and seven rebounds Monday night as Miami finished up a dominant playoff sweep of Charlotte -- but he sees it on a higher plane as well. His postgame press conferences are always enlightening because of that. Here are 4 things I thought were interesting that LeBron said late Monday night:
1) Without looking down at a stat sheet, LeBron recited some of what he called the key numbers Monday in Miami's 109-98 win -- Miami's 25 assists on 39 made field goals, as well as Norris Cole's number of assists (four). I mean, c'mon. He remembers the backup point guard's assist total?
2) He again ripped L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments he allegedly made. James said, among other things: "I can't imagine what the Clippers are going through... There's no room in this game for an owner like that." James and the Heat showed their support for the Clippers' silent boycott Monday by dressing similarly to the way the Clippers did for warmups, with their shooting shirts on inside out.
3) James got a deep thigh bruise Monday but played through it. He said of his own game: "I feelt pretty good" and said he particularly keeps up with his own turnovers and free-throw percentage. He had two turnovers Monday -- Miami only had eight -- and went 10-for-12 from the line.
4) James shared an embrace with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan after the game and said it was due to the "respect factor." James also said he thought the Bobcats were "headed in the right direction," that Kemba Walker was a fine young point guard and that signing Al Jefferson was "big-time."