Frankly, his performance during “The Decision” was overly restrained, a bit wooden even, but he could blame that on his co-star, Jim Gray.

In the NBA Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, LeBron James channeled Pacino (or maybe Alpa Chino) after he grabbed a rebound and pretended that Derrick Rose had smacked him. He grabbed his face. He fell to his knees. He did everything but scream, “Oh, the humanity.”

The refs whistled Rose. James smiled and winked at his coach, Erik Spoelstra. “We have seen, throughout these playoffs, some outstanding acting,” Reggie Miller said on TNT.

Imagine what he’ll do to top that in the Finals, which mercifully begin a bit earlier than usual with the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks winning their conference series in five games.