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LeBron James fined $5,000 for flopping

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LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson have all been fined $5,000 after being found guilty of flopping in accordance of NBA's anti-flopping policy.

James and West were both penalised during the same play when West was jostling for position and both recoiled when there was contact.

Stephenson was found guilty when he was adjudged to have exaggerated contact against Ray Allen in the first quarter.

The incidents occurred during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, which the Pacers won 99-92.

It meant LeBron James was compounded to a miserable night after he fouled out towards the end of the fourth quarter.

James had recently said that he doesn't have a problem with flopping because the player is only attempting to gain advantage.

"It's year one, so you're not just going to go cold turkey," James told cbssports.

"Guys have been accustomed to doing it for years, and it's not even a bad thing. You're just trying to get the advantage.

Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it."

Earlier in the season James received criticism for flopping during the Heat's first-round playoff series against the Bulls but it went unpunished.

He responded by declaring “I don't need to flop, I play an aggressive game. I don't flop. I've never been one of those guys.”

After a disappointing Game 4 for James, he needs to perform on the court as Miami Heat are tied 2-2 with Indiana Pacers in their best-of-seven series.

 

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