Pero Antic commits flagrant foul on LeBron James (VIDEO)

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LeBron James was in attack mode from the very beginning of his team’s Game 2 contest against the Hawks, which was predictable for a couple of reasons.

With Kyrie Irving out of the lineup due to the lingering effects of a knee injury, James would need to be more assertive in taking control on the offensive end of the floor. And, with Atlanta’s DeMarre Carroll playing through a knee issue of his own, James would want to attack his defender as much as possible since he’s out there while being well below 100 percent.

As a result, James was largely unstoppable — so Hawks big man Pero Antic resorted to simply shoving him to the ground.

It wasn’t an attempt at defense, so I’m fine with the flagrant call, which only came after officials went to the monitor for a video review.

James finished the first quarter with 13 points, and the Cavaliers were out to a double-digit lead early in the second.