New York Knicks guard and Sixth Man of the Year winner J.R. Smith has been fined $5,000 for flopping in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers. As you can see in the video above, Pacers forward David West was setting a screen on Smith around the halfcourt line as Lance Stephenson was dribbling the ball, and Smith embelished the contact as he drew the offensive foul.
It was still probably a foul on West as he leaned into the screen more than he should have, but Smith looked like John Elway during his "helicopter run" against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. This is the third flopping fine of the postseason so far with Jeff Pendergraph of the Pacers receiving one in the first round and Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder getting fined for a flop against the Houston Rockets.
The league defines the flopping rule as:
“Flopping” will be defined 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.
Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.
The first violation is a $5,000 fine. A second violation will increase the fine to $10,000. That penalty increases to $15,000 for a third violation and $30,000 for a fourth violation. Anything after that is subject to an additional and possibly more severe fine and/or suspension.
Game 3 of the series between the Knicks and the Pacers is Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET in Indianapolis.