The Miami Heat got off to the best start they could have hoped for and blew away the New York Knicks 100 – 67 in Game 1 of their opening playoff series.
LeBron James continued his MVP play by getting 32 points, 4 steals, and 3 assists. But to really judge his performance you have to add one more stat, James also had three big-time flops in the game.
In the first flop, James makes a great steal and then falls out of bounds which prompted the ref to call a foul on J.R. Smith. The second was even better when Tyson Chandler set a hard screen on LeBron, who had a delayed reaction fall that earned a flagrant foul call by the referee (0.50).
Commentator Jeff Van Gundy is the most outspoken person about how much he hates flops in the NBA. I have to agree with him on this one, it’s the playoffs which means hard play and putting to bed all of those soft flops.
“Pat Riley is rolling over in his seat right now if he thinks this is a flagrant foul”
The performance didn’t end there. LeBron’s probably the strongest player in the NBA, but a hand check by Carmelo Anthony sends him to the floor.