Wizards’ Tomas Satoransky doesn’t want to play LeBron James, either

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76ers forward Dario Saric said he didn’t want to play LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Neither does Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky.

Satoransky, via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington:

“For me still, Cleveland is not the best option for me personally,” he said. “I would probably be pleased with a different matchup for us.”

“It’s because of LeBron, obviously,” Satoransky said. “He always steps up his level in the playoffs and it’s very challenging to play him. He, what, hasn’t lost a playoff game for eight years?”

It’s not quite that bad. LeBron has won the Eastern Conference seven straight years, but in that span and even just in the East, LeBron has lost at least one playoff game each year.

LeBron has won 21 straight first-round games, dating back to 2012. However, that streak is due in part to LeBron getting a No. 1 or No. 2 seed all those years. Sixth-place Washington would be a tougher matchup than the usual No. 7 or No. 8 seed LeBron faces in the first round.

Still, LeBron is threatening. It’s surprising opposing players are so openly stating their preference not to play him, but that doesn’t make them wrong.