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NBA responds to LeBron’s sixth Game 4 foul
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 30, 2013 @ 7:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI – It’s over and done with and nothing is going to change the outcome of the Indiana Pacers’ 99-92 victory against the Miami Heat in Game 4 Tuesday.
Floppers have been fined, and a foul has been upgraded.
But here are the final words on LeBron James’ sixth foul which disqualified him from the game with 56 seconds remaining. Miami had the ball, and it looked like Dwayne Wade had an open lane to the basket when James was called for the foul.
In the scrutiny over the flopping and officiating in Game 4, the NBA said nothing publicly about the sixth foul on James because the league – specifically executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson and his staff – believe it was the right call.
Jackson’s staff reviewed the play several times and zeroed in on this video which shows James sticking out his foot, stepping on Stephenson’s foot, tripping Stephenson and impeding his ability to defend. Regardless of intent, the league believes the right call was made.
The foul didn’t sit well with James, who argued after the game, “I was going to set a screen, and I felt like I was stationary. And D-Wade rejected the pick-and-roll. Lance (Stephenson) actually ran into me.”
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