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Joe Johnson says LeBron James flopped in final minute (VIDEO)

May 13, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

Down three points inside a minute, the Nets needed a bucket, and for their play they isolated Joe Johnson (one of the best clutch players in the game) on LeBron James, who had five fouls. You can see the play above. Here is what Johnson had to say about the play after the game, via the New York Post.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to draw the foul on him,” said Johnson, although James had five fouls while defending him, “but I thought he was aggressive, so I was just trying to use his aggressiveness against him.

“[But] he flopped that last one….

“Yeah, it did,” Johnson said, when asked if the flop threw him off. “I should’ve known they wouldn’t have called a foul, but I went into my shot anyway, so I had plenty of time.”

My thoughts on this:

Johnson, you have to make that shot. Whatever LeBron did he did not rake you across the arms, you had a clean look and you missed it. It’s a make-or-miss league and that’s a miss.

A flop is an effort to get a foul call, the referees decided this was a no-call, which strikes me as the right decision. It’s tough to tell from that camera angle, but likely Johnson made contact to create a little space and LeBron, not wanting to be too physical and pick up a sixth foul, went the other way with it. To me, that’s a good no call because out of this Johnson got a clean look at his shot.

He just missed it.

LeBron finished with 49 points to power Miami to the win and put the Heat up 3-1 in the series heading home.

  1. whitehothoops89 - May 13, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Joe wants to complain but this was an open shot that he should have made. Furthermore, he had another possession down the stretch where he bricked a three. The Nets couldn’t score for a 4 minute period at the end of the 4th quarter when they needed it the most. Joe can whine but this LBJ supposed flop has nothing to do with his team’s poor execution down the stretch.

  2. soldierdog - May 13, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Lebron did flop. Johnson did miss an easy shot.

    • apkyletexas - May 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Johnson would have gone to the rack for the uncontested layup if he’d known the refs were going to swallow their whistles. Consistency is important for these players. Refs should call plays the same way, no matter the status or contract $$$ of the players involved. The NBA would be far more popular if there were a new champion every year, rather than these dynasties that are manufactured by the league’s puppet masters controlling the calls in the playoffs. They’ve been doing it at least since the time of all the phantom fouls on Jordan’s defenders back in the ’90’s when Stern was so desperate to push the Jordan/Nike brand globally more than the NBA brand itself.

  3. titansbro - May 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    He missed but to call that anything other than a flop is simply moronic.

  4. bigwii - May 14, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    I mean LeBron is a great player and all no one doubts that. But, he flops, travels, and charges all the time and barely ever gets called for any. He’s admitted to flopping along with Wade yet no warning or fine.

    All these other players flop, but they get warned or fined. The NBA plays favorites with it’s stars it’s how it’s always been. It’s just sad when they admit breaking the rules and nothing happens. Ironically no one complains more than the Hear either, if they spent as much time getting back on defense as they do whining they’d be so much better. It’s sad when I see that, too.

  5. bigwii - May 14, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    Another funny thing is Wade and LeBron whine after everything yet no technical fouls, which is a rule in the NBA. LeBron and Wade also throw cheap shots and no technical, how funny.

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