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Nate Robinson hit LeBron in face, which became a thing on twitter (VIDEO)

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Five

MIAMI, FL - MAY 15: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat is fouled by Nate Robinson #2 of the Chicago Bulls during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 15, 2013 in Miami, Florida. 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. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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That was a pretty minor play in this game — in the fourth quarter the Heat were on a fast break and, as they have done all series long, the Bulls tried to go with the “Euro foul” out at midcourt before the play developed to break it up.

Except, nothing is minor when Nate Robinson and LeBron James are involved.

Robinson made the foul and in doing so his hand slid up and caught LeBron James in the face. LeBron’s head snapped back. The refs called the foul a flagrant one to review it.

And on twitter, it was on — there was a large “look at LeBron flop again” contingent. LeBron’s reaction seemed exaggerated to the relatively minor contact. The people who don’t like LeBron are always lurking just beneath the surface online and this series — where Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau accused LeBron of flopping on the Nazr Mohammed shove — brought them out like cicadas. Complete with all the chirping.

They said LeBron embellished that contact. They went to the flop card.

Yes, LeBron’s head snapped back. What is your instinctive reaction when somebody hits you in the face? You pull your head back. Decide for yourself how exaggerated it was.

In the end, the refs got this right; they changed the call to a common foul. Which it was. There was no intent to injure, no intent to go to the face, and LeBron’s reaction was not out of line. It was a playoff foul and play. Everybody play on.

Of course, it never goes quite like that on twitter.

Thanks to Ben at The Point Forward at SI for the video.