LeBron was trying to defend Paul George, who was coming off a screen in the third quarter. James cut in front of the screen and ran into George, and then flopped after the two made contact. George was called for an offensive foul because of LeBron’s acting, but replays showed James completely faked being hit.
James and Indiana’s David West were each fined $5,000 for flopping on this play during Game 4. Since flopping has been a big issue between these teams, James was asked for his thoughts on the matter. He defended the practice by saying he’d do anything to give his team an advantage. In this case, the flop worked, though he will likely be fined $10,000 for it.
Here’s a multi-angle look at the flop in GIF form:
GIF via Mock SessionGoogle+