Videos: Heat’s Shane Battier, Chris Bosh flop in Game 4 against Spurs
SAN ANTONIO — The first three games of the 2013 NBA Finals officially went flop-less, with the NBA handing out no fines for violating its policy against simulating or exaggerating contact.
But Game 4 between the Heat and Spurs on Thursday saw multiple plays that could draw the ire of the league office.
Late in the first quarter, Heat forward Shane Battier appeared to exaggerate contact received from Spurs guard Manu Ginobili as he set a screen on the perimeter. Battier seemed to launch himself backward, drawing a foul on Ginobili.
Then, midway through the second quarter, Heat forward/center Chris Bosh flung himself to the ground as he jockeyed for position in the post while defending Spurs forward/center Tim Duncan. Bosh appeared to take some contact as Duncan attempted to seal him away from the play with an outstretched right arm, but Bosh flung both of his arms into the air as he crashed to the ground, drawing a foul on Duncan.
Heat forward LeBron James is the only member of either team to be fined for flopping during the playoffs.
Violators are fined $5,000 for a first offense under the league’s postseason anti-flopping policy, which removed a free warning that was granted during the regular season.
The Spurs hold a 2-1 series lead over the Heat. Game 5 is set for Sunday in San Antonio’s AT&T Center.