LeBron James yelled at his teammates during Game 5 for not being tough enough, then proceeded to eviscerate the Pacers to win the game. In a potential closeout Game 6, the Heat didn't display any of the same emotional intensity and was perhaps summed up best when LeBron took a shot from Paul George and fell straight to the ground. His actions will likely cost him $10,000 as he was already fined $5,000 for a flop in Game 4.
It's getting to the point that the NBA could take a page from The Guardian in their advertising.
The series now heads to Game 7 in Miami after the 91-77 loss and LeBron will need a tougher chin, especially if the dismal offensive output continues from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen continues. Mike Miller managed to hit a few shots off the bench for the Heat but it wasn't nearly enough. LeBron James needs someone else to step up or Indiana face the Spurs, creating an All-ABA NBA Finals.
"Let's talk about your annual flop budget..." NBA accountant— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) June 2, 2013
Wade, at the line for Heat's first non-technical FTs of the night, here's, "He's a flop-per" from the crowd again.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 2, 2013
That's 10k for LBJ. #flop— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) June 2, 2013
Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Al Pacino and @kingjames ... Great actors. LBJ looked like Mr.T taking punches in Rocky III on that last flop— Jarrod N Rudolph (@JRudolphSports) June 2, 2013
LeBron with another clutch flop— NBA Logic (@NBA_LOGIC) June 2, 2013
Flop fine for LeBron, no doubt.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 2, 2013
The Pacers outscored the Heat by 22 points in LeBron James' 42 minutes on the court in Game 6— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 2, 2013
LeBron has 171 points in this series. Wade & Bosh have 155.— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) June 2, 2013
LeBron with 29 pts, 7 rbs., 6 assists, 4 turnovers... Paul George with 28 for Indy; Hibbert had 24 and 11.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) June 2, 2013
Alonzo Mourning's facepalm after LeBron gets called for the technical twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 2, 2013