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League announces playoff flopping policy

By Royce Young | NBA writer

No more leniency for the postseason. If you flop, you pay.

The NBA announced its playoff flopping policy Thursday, and instead of a warning on the first offense, it's a $5,000 fine. Here's how it works out:

  • First violation: $5,000
  • Second violation: $10,000
  • Third violation: $15,000 fine
  • Fourth violation: $30,000 fine

And a fifth violation is subject to punishment "reasonable under the circumstances" that could include an increased fine and/or suspension.

During the 82-game regular season, there were 24 total flopping violations. Fourteen players received warnings, five more had a second violation that warranted a $5,000 fine. No player violated the policy more than twice.

The league defines flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact."

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