LeBron James one of trio fined for flopping in Heat-Pacers Game 4
|05.30.13 at 10:05 am ET|
Heat star LeBron James was one of three players fined for flopping during Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, the league announced Thursday morning.
James threw himself to the ground in an attempt to draw a foul on Pacers forward David West, who was establishing position on the post. West was fined for his actions on the same play, as he flung his body around after making contact with James. Here’s the video of the double flop from James and West.
James faced questions for his embellishing during the Heat’s second-round series victory over the Bulls, but he insisted, “I don’t need to flop. I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.” However, he acknowledged this week that embellishing can be a positive. “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it,” he told ESPN.
Pacers guard Lance Stephenson also was fined $5,000 for a Game 4 acting job, as he played up an elbow by Ray Allen (video here).
Game 5 of the series, tied at 2-2, is Thursday night in Miami.
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