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James shrugs off flopping accusations

3:46 PM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 10: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reaches for a rebound as he is grabbed by Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat defeated the Bulls 104-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (
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CHICAGO (AP) - The suggestion that he's a flopper drew a grin as wide as his wingspan from LeBron James.

Miami's superstar shot down the accusations from the Bulls, saying they reminded him of the days when some claimed he was overrated and questioned his ability to lead a team to a championship.

The Heat captured one last year, and if they keep this up, they won't have to worry about Chicago much longer. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals is Monday, and Miami has a chance to take a 3-1 lead in a series with no shortage of bad blood.

Chicago's Tom Thibodeau said James flopped when he got shoved to the ground by Nazr Mohammed in Game 3, and the coach got fined $35,000 Sunday for comments about the officiating.

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