May 10, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) moves the ball around Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the third quarter in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 104-90. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Johnson Says LeBron James Flopped at End of Game 4


The Miami Heat are a game away from closing out the Brooklyn Nets but that isn’t simmering the boiling bad blood between the two teams. While not every public quote leads to a flame war, sometimes the jabs are subtle like when Joe Johnson accused LeBron James of flopping at the end of Game 4.

Per the New York Daily News:

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to draw the foul on him but I thought he was aggressive,” Johnson said following the Heat’s 102-96 win that put the Nets in a 3-1 hole in the East Conference semifinals. “So I was just trying to use his aggressiveness against him. He flopped that last one.”

It’s very clear what Johnson is doing, as any player that indirectly criticizes the officials is begging for them to be on the watch for what they’re complaining about. Phil Jackson was a master at this and Johnson is trying to do the same to LeBron.

But being down 1-3 to the Heat, Johnson and the Nets will need more than a  few flop calls on LeBron James to win this series.

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