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LeBron ready to step in vs. Robinson

5/8/2013

MIAMI -- LeBron James said it wouldn't be a surprise if he ended up guarding Nate Robinson in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday after Robinson scored a game-high 27 points in the Bulls' Game 1 win.

"It wouldn't be a surprise if I matched up with him," James said Tuesday. "But I'll take the challenge on (defense)."

Part of the challenge for the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James will be keeping up with the 5-9, 180-pound Robinson, but it wouldn't be the first time James has checked a Bulls point guard. After the Bulls won Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, James guarded Derrick Rose and the Heat won four straight.

"Nate is a scorer, man," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "We got to do a better job of contesting his shots, but Nate's going to score the basketball because he's going to shoot. We can't worry about that. I think there's other things that we have to worry about more than Nate. We've seen it -- when Nate gets on a roll there's not many guys in the league that can get hotter than Nate that make shots.

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