It’s become something of an F-bomb here in the postseason, four dreaded little letters: F-L-O-P. It’s gotten to be the last thing NBA players want to be accused of, a blasphemy of the highest order. Flopping is associated with a lack of manhood, with trickery and deception.

The Heat have been magnets for flopping accusations, going back to the second round against the Bulls, when LeBron James careened backward—a little excessively, it seemed—after taking a hit from Nazr Mohammed, which got Mohammed ejected. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau accused the Heat of flopping, and if you don’t think it has carried over to this series, try listening to Pacers radio broadcaster Slick Leonard talk about the Heat on the air for a few minutes.

It’s probably best for James to leave the issue alone. But, asked about anti-flopping rules before Game 4, he said, “It hasn't been a problem for that many guys. I don't really pay too much attention to it. I think it’s been good. It’s Year One, so you are not just going to go cold turkey. Guys have been accustomed to doing it for years, and it’s not even a bad thing, just trying to get the advantage. Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it.”