During the Cavaliers-76ers game at the Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James was pushed to the ground by a strong shoulder from Sixers forward, Justin Anderson. This was not taken lightly by his teammate Kyrie Irving.

Kyrie mentioned what was going through his head at the time of the altercation, saying: "I saw Justin lower his shoulder and knock down Bron... I gotta do something, I gotta protect my brother". This initiated a strong push from Kyrie on Anderson, when he received the ball. A push that resulted in Uncle Drew's first career flagrant foul.

Teammates come first

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James stressed the idea of teammates being there for eachother in all situations. Characteristics which make up a great basketball team. After the Cavaliers 122-105 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Kyrie mentioned "I do anything for my teammates... just trying to protect everybody and anybody on my team... The same thought is echoed in our locker room".

The Cavs have been in a sticky situation as of late, losing games they're capable of winning and not playing to their potentials. But at this point in the season, the players have proven that being there for eachother is the most important thing. They have shared a very close bond with one another for the past three seasons, and formed a brotherhood together.

This genuine brotherhood will be very important as the playoffs are approaching and the unity of this team will be very important to the success that can be achieved in the postseason.

LeBron also talked about the altercation

In his postgame interview after Friday's game, LeBron was also asked about the push and shove contest.

LeBron said he thinks Kyrie was "protecting me from getting shoved. It's about a brotherhood around here. We don't let that happen to eachother". During the game LBJ didn't have any hard feelings against Anderson, this probably due to the constant physical pounding he receives every night on the basketball court, he's used to it.

Although Irving vented his frustration for this postgame, saying: "a lot of hits on Bron', a lot of guys trying to get one on him. It's over for that". Cleveland's point guard is obviously not too happy with the way his running man was treated in the game, and isn't one to let someone get away with it.