James shrugs off flopping accusations as Heat try to go up 3-1 on Bulls in Eastern semifinals

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.