LeBron James did no matter he may to maintain the Lakers shut of their playoff opener in opposition to the Suns.
That included theatrics that some would classify as Oscar-worthy.
After a missed free throw within the fourth quarter, James went flying by the air when he received tousled with Phoenix’s Chris Paul on the rebound. James took a hard-looking fall after Paul’s foul, and that led to a scuffle between the groups and 4 technical fouls: one on the Lakers’ Alex Caruso, one on LA’s Montrezl Harrell and two on the Suns’ Cameron Payne, who was ejected.
The larger situation than the scuffle was whether or not James flopped on the play.
James’ and Paul’s arms did get tangled, however who initiated the contact? Additionally, the 6-9 James is 9 inches taller than Paul and outweighs him by 75 kilos (250 to 175), so how, precisely, did James fly that far after the contact?
These have been the precise questions Twitter customers have been debating after the play as “LeFlop” started to development.
LeBron is 6’8 250 and I swear everytime he falls down you’ll assume he’s 150. I see why folks say LeFlop it’s truly pathetic.
— Josh “Choc” Humphries (@choc) Could 23, 2021
Some James defenders identified that there was a unique sentiment about James’ damage in comparison with when Paul briefly left the court docket earlier within the sport with a shoulder drawback.
Flop or not, James’ play did not matter ultimately. The Suns emerged with a 99-90 win of their first playoff sport since 2010 and stored the Lakers at arm’s size for many of the second half.
Most significantly, each James and Paul have been capable of keep on the ground regardless of their accidents, and that ought to bode properly for them forward of Tuesday’s Sport 2.