LeBron James Fined $5,000 for Flopping in NBA Postseason Series

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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 28, 2013 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Close

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Lance Stephenson and David West of the Indiana Pacers were fined $5,000 each by the National Basketball Association for breaking the league’s anti-flopping rule.

James and West were fined for flopping during a fourth-quarter collision in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference finals matchup, the NBA said on its website. Stephenson was fined for over-exaggerating an elbow he took from Miami guard Ray Allen during the first quarter.

The NBA enacted its anti-flopping policy this season to punish players for attempting to fool referees into calling undeserved fouls. Fines escalate for repeated infractions and can reach $30,000.

James, who was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time this month, was accused of flopping by Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau during the second round of the playoffs. Prior to Game 4 against Indiana, James said players were still getting used to playing without flopping and that it’s “not even a bad thing, you’re just trying to get the advantage,” according to CBS Sports.

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks into the stands in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on May 28, 2013. Close

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks into the stands in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on May 28, 2013.

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