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Lance Stephenson fined $5,000 by league for flopping. He earned it. (VIDEO)

May 21, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

Lance Stephenson earned that one.

Make no mistake, he was the best player on the court for three quarters Tuesday night and during this third quarter run he was keeping the Pacers just ahead of the Heat. Stephenson finished the game with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

But what you see above was a blatant flop, he tried to draw a foul on LeBron James, so the league came down on Wednesday and fined Stephenson $5,000 for the flop.

Stephenson was fined during the regular season for flopping, and last year in the Eastern Conference Finals both he and LeBron were fined for flopping. He’s got a history.

  1. void96eater - May 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Well deserved.

    • reesesteel23 - May 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Shouldve been 10

      • 5xchamp24 - May 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Make it $100,000 and these guys will stop it for sure. They also need to fine the refs when they fall for it. Of course this ref saw the flop.

  2. nfl4days - May 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    I guess Pacers fans are cool with flopping when it’s there guys doing it. Hypocrites.

    • buffalowned - May 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Haha I was just saying earlier how funny I thought that was. Only fans in the league that chant that and yet they have guys like Stephenson and Paul George flailing every which way any time someone gets near them

      • moppop - May 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Fans being fans. At least ESPN doesn’t need to censor the audio like most fan chants.

    • moppop - May 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Considering fans are not on the court, there’s no opportunity for hypocrisy. Biased vocalization? Yes. Hypocrisy? No.

      • buffalowned - May 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Spin it anyway you want moppop. It makes the fan base look ignorant

      • moppop - May 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Ignorant? No. Biased? Yes.

        There’s no spin. Fans are biased. Always have been. Always will be.

    • gostlcards5 - May 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      I never said it was cool. I said yesterday I laughed about it, and said he’s definitely getting fined for that, then had to explain it to my 12-yr old. I’ve never made any bones about Lance and his propensity to flop.

  3. meffa24 - May 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Why has Lebron never been fined once for flopping. He averages 3 flops a game.

    • doug2626 - May 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      You don’t like to read the articles, do you?

      • southbeachtalent - May 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Apparently a few posters don’t read articles. 10 so far!

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        So a 110 word summary is an article now? I’ll bet you consider yourself a journalist for positing a comment, Douglas.

      • granadafan - May 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Uh, Jkirby, regardless of the length, it’s still an article.

    • nard100 - May 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Because when he flops at least he does it in the right direction. Lebron was moving in one direction (toward his own basket) and Stephenson flopped toward his own basket like a dope and then lays there like a moron. It’s physics dude!

      • savvybynature - May 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        It took Lebron years of practice to become this good at flopping. Stephenson is still young, give him time.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        What would LeBron know about physics?

  4. jzone954 - May 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    The fans leaving early is what’s priceless. The Miami fan base is the only fanbase that other fanbases criticize for doing EXACTLY what there fanbase does lol. Remember the Indiana sports commentator who was like “Miami doesn’t deserve a sports team” after fan were leaving early? LoL.

    • bucrightoff - May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Sorry, but none would do it in a championship elimination game, one that was far from over when they left, like thousands of Heat “fans”. Miami fans don’t have to like it, they have to wear it forever.

      • miamatt - May 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        No.

        200 out of the 20,000 richest Heat fans (those who can afford finals tickets) leaving a game early isn’t something that Heat fans have to wear forever. It makes for great sports media and gives ammo to those who seek it. But as a Heat fan myself, I would say to the 100% of the crowd that left -DON”T COME BACK.

        The point isn’t that Miami fans are superior to others. The point is they are just like the fans of most teams.

        If you want to make excuses for every other fan base when it suits you, if you like being led around by the nose by sports talking heads and internet voices, then go right ahead. Me, I prefer to watch it all with a critical eye, and perception is often not reality.

    • jkirby317 - May 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Miami doesn’t have fans. They have supporters.

    • cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      You are actually comparing game 2 of a playoff series to a possible elimination game in the NBA Finals? Really??? What a reach!!! Your team wins 27 regular season games in a row & posts the franchises’ best regular season record, you can’t stick around & show your appreciation even if they lose? That’s a bandwagon fan! Even Bosh called you guys out prior to Game 7 last year. Face it, your fan base is nationally known to be the worst in sports. Deal with it.

      • savvybynature - May 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        A lot of your posts go off the deep end, but this one is spot on.

      • leahcima1 - May 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Ain’t it horrible, us poor Heat fans have to deal with winning three East titles and two NBA titles and headed towards numero tres NBA title. That’s Spanish cantonahole0 for number three. The Knicks in their 100 year history hasn’t won tres mio amigo. lol

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        The NBA GMs, of whom two work in NYC, say Miami has the 4th best home court advantage in the league. Neither NYC team appeared on the list of the top 6.

        http://www.nba.com/news/2013-14-nba-gm-survey/

        Deal with that.

      • jimeejohnson - May 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        New Yawk sucks.

    • moppop - May 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      I don’t agree with Mark Boyle here.

      Fans and paying customers have a right to leave whenever they want. They have a right to stay seated or to stand. To cheer or not care. They paid the price of the ticket. They determine how they spend THEIR time.

  5. hwatt - May 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    it’d be nice if the refs were fined for every 3rd blown call

  6. southbeachtalent - May 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I hope he’s ready for the “He’s a flopper chants”.

  7. bigwii - May 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Good, now fine Wade and James they flop like crazy

    • cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      The NBA protects their 2 divas

      • leahcima1 - May 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Must be true. It comes straight from the horses rear, cantonahole0.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        I like that the people that talk most smack to you don’t have options for a reply to their posts. Even online they are scared.

      • jimeejohnson - May 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Says the internet tough guy. You’re probably a huge puss.

  8. tombstone7 - May 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Shawn Battier is the flop king and never been fined!

    Just sayn’

    • miamatt - May 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Ipso facto, exactly why Battier is the flop king.

      He also plays great, great defense, which always helps.

      • 5xchamp24 - May 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        I would say its very good defense not great. All he does is put his hand in the opponents face while taking a jump shot. I could do that

  9. mt10425 - May 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Wade is the worst by far.

    • reesesteel23 - May 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Uh, No.

      • savvybynature - May 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Maybe not the worst, but he is right there with Chris Paul, James Harden and Lebron James imo.
        If he was healthy enough to play more he would probably have a good case to make for being the worst.

  10. urallstupid - May 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    look if they fined $500,000 for a flop, no idiot would be doing crap like this anymore. why the nba doesnt do that is beyond me.

    • reesesteel23 - May 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Because that’s a whole years salary for some players lol

      • Aberam - May 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        The fine should be a % of the player’s nba salary, and it should be higher for players with bigger salaries. That would stop flopping for good without getting anyone in trouble.

    • moppop - May 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Why? Because the NBA is taking it just as ‘serious’ as the players whose mentality is to win at any cost.

  11. jkirby317 - May 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    What about LeBron’s flop on West?

    • reesesteel23 - May 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Wasn’t as blatant. Sorry buddy. Maybe next game.

      • jkirby317 - May 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        So if you commit a crime and it’s not a blatant is doesn’t matter?
        That’s BS

      • borderline1988 - May 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        It’s kind of hard to ‘sell’ a flagrant foul, considering they usually are reviewed….

    • xmen1906 - May 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      I don’t think its a flop if you actually get fouled.

      • jkirby317 - May 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        So LBJ didn’t lunge forward and try and sell a flagrant foul?

      • jkirby317 - May 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        It was a flop!
        Ask Dr. Xavier.

    • reesesteel23 - May 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Are you really comparing a crime to a flop? LOL! Not even worth engaging.

      • jkirby317 - May 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        They are both things you are not supposed to do. You are saying that rules should only be enforced if it is blatant. I say otherwise. A foul is a foul. A flop is a flop.

      • jimeejohnson - May 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        And an idiot like you is an idiot.

  12. reesesteel23 - May 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    The funniest part is the crowd reaction after seeing the replay as if it wasn’t the most obvious flop in the history of obvious flops.
    O and the part where Lance finally opens his eyes from being completely blacked out. LOL

    • asuthyo - May 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      I was at this game and the most ridiculous part about the crowd’s reaction to this was when the replay was shown and it was obvious to everyone that Lance flopped. Instead of being appalled like they were every time anything happens with Lebron, they just laughed…hypocrites much?

    • gostlcards5 - May 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      No, the funniest part was that he held his hands out for the call, then flopped his arm and head over like he blacked out. It was a horrible acting job, but like a lot of things with Lance, that is what makes him entertaining to watch. It’s like a car wreck….you can’t take your eyes away.

  13. jattsoorma - May 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    what about where lebron acted like he got body slamed by d. west?

  14. antistratfordian - May 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    The funniest thing about this is the crowd chanting “Flopper!” against an opponent when the worst offender from 2013-14 is an Indiana Pacer.

    • bucrightoff - May 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      When did LeBron get traded to Indiana? Oh and FYI, it’s called “LeBroning” after all, not flopping

      • antistratfordian - May 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        No, that’s just what haters call it. This is the 2nd flop fine for Stephenson this year, after already being warned about his flopping twice before that. So he’s been a very busy flopper in 2013-14.

        The biggest flopper on the Heat this year was Mario Chalmers. LeBron has not been fined or warned for flopping in 2013-14.

      • savvybynature - May 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        The leagues enforcement of the anti-flopping rules is a joke though, we all know that.
        Are we really going to pretend that unless someone gets fined for flopping that they aren’t doing it? How many times did Harden get fined during the regular season? Because he flops almost every time he touches the ball.
        The league’s actions regarding flopping are basically irrelevant because they’ve shown they have no real interest in cracking down on it.

      • antistratfordian - May 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        @savvybynature – Disagree. If you flop egregiously you will be warned. If you do it again you will be fined. No exceptions.

  15. nard100 - May 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    O haters, please give it a rest. The Pacers lost. Period. the refs didn’t take it away from them, the defending champs did! Shut down for nearly 5 minutes just like Brooklyn at the end. Watching Birdman dunk on Hibbert was priceless. He saved the best for last!

  16. cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nwyE-SJTqOw
    He is the King of Flopping

  17. cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    The only “King” James highlight reel. Funny, he has more moments like this than clutch shots.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZpGKC62qvs

    • jimeejohnson - May 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Your team sucks so you come to Heat articles to hate. You sound like a piece of crap.

      • jimeejohnson - May 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Correction: you ARE a piece of crap,

  18. savvybynature - May 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Hey Heat fans, of course other teams have started flopping back against the Heat. You don’t think they got tired of it these last three years and decided to start fire with fire?
    At least Stephenson actually got touched, unlike Bosh against the Bulls. And Bosh against Reggie Evans. And Lebron against Dallas in the Finals. And…

    • antistratfordian - May 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Stephenson has been flopping all year against everybody. His first flop warning came against the Raptors and his first flop fine was issued after a game against the Warriors. It has nothing to do with Miami.

      • savvybynature - May 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Oh Stephenson is definitely a flopper… now. He was just a rookie riding pine when Wade, Bosh and James were flopping on everyone on their way to their first Finals defeat. I watched him in college and he didn’t flop then.
        He learned from watching the best, I suppose. Heat fans shouldn’t be surprised at all.

      • antistratfordian - May 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        He’s been a flopper as long as I’ve seen him. I was calling out his flopping long before he was ever fined for it – Pacers fans called me crazy, as they do. They’re the Eastern Conference version of Lakers fans. Yellow suits both fan bases.

      • gostlcards5 - May 22, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        I’ve never called you crazy. I’m a Pacers fan and have said the same thing about Lance. He isn’t the worst flopper in the league, but he’s working his way up there pretty quick.

  19. 5xchamp24 - May 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Did anybody even notice that he flopped again at the very end of the game? He tried to set a pick on Wade, then he fell to the floor the same way he did earlier. This time he faked a knee injury, but then realized the clock was running out so he got up just in time to shoot an air ball. This dude is good but hes a clown

    • doctordunkenstein - May 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      That was the funnier flop I thought. he yelled out in pain and dropped like a brick, played dead for a second, then jumped right back up when the ball came his way. he flopped at least 5 times that game and pacer fans wanna call LeBron a flopper smh

  20. monkeyhateclean - May 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Punishing many for the fault of one is a very effective psychological tool. An individual doesn’t want the consequences of his actions to hurt his team, nor will a team tolerate an individual’s actions hurting them for too long. This form of self-policing has proven very effective in the military, I think the NBA should adopt it.

    I propose that when a player flops, he is fined a percentage of his salary. ADDITIONALLY, every other player on his team is also fined that same percentage.

    This will end players flopping very quickly, I predict.

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