The 2014 Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat is just beginning to heat up, especially in the wake of Miami evening the series at 1-1 with a victory on Tuesday night. However, the on-court loss wasn’t the only issue for Indiana in Game 2, as stud swingman Lance Stephenson has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping.
Lance Stephenson has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for what was a pretty blatant flop in Game 2 against the Heat Tuesday night.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) May 21, 2014
The full play can be seen here, but Stephenson’s flop occurred late in the third quarter when he bounced (read: went flying) off of LeBron James as the Heat star crossed the half-court line. The announcing crew immediately diagnosed the play as a flop from Stephenson, and the league apparently agreed with that assessment.
The 23-year-old Stephenson was arguably the best player on the court in Game 2, scoring 25 points while pulling down 6 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists, but this was fairly blatant and probably an easy decision for the league. Still, I wouldn’t expect anything of this relatively small magnitude to discourage from Lance’s playing style, and this series is expected to ramp up in intensity as it progresses.