Lance Stephenson tried just about everything to get into LeBron James' head in Game Five, including eavesdropping on the Heat huddle, blowing softly into James' ear, and some creative flopping. That last strategy worked against Stephenson, as the NBA announced Thursday that he would be fined $10,000. Stephenson's teammate Roy Hibbert was fined $5,000 for a separate flop.
Hibbert's flop came with 5:20 to play in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers center positioned himself to grab an offensive rebound before exaggerating contact from Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers.
Stephenson's flopping fine was his second of the postseason, which is why it carried the heftier price tag. With 8:23 remaining in the fourth, the Pacers guard positioned himself in front of LeBron James, hoping to draw James' sixth foul. When LeBron avoided him, Stephenson went down hard anyway:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZl7_N2jMsg] Pacers players have now been fined $40,000 over the last two games. All-Star forward Paul George picked up a $25,000 fine after Indiana's Game Four loss for criticizing the officials.