NBA warns Clippers Chris Paul, Cavs Anderson Varejao for flopping
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao were both warned by the league for flopping.
For Paul, the offense came in the third quarter of the Clippers' 109-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night when he dropped to the ground for no reason while positioning himself for a pass against Ricky Rubio. Rubio attempted to deny the entry pass to Paul, who fell down to the ground without much contact on the play, if any. Paul drew a foul call against Rubio on the play that resulted in two free throws.
Anderson Varejao's flop came against the Philadelphia 76ers in Saturday's Cavaliers' win. In the first quarter, Varejao was battling with Lavoy Allen for position on a rebound as Thaddeus Young was taking a jumper near the free throw line. As Allen and Varejao made contact after the shot, the Cavs' big man exaggerated the contact in a comical fashion. The referees didn't make a call on the play, but the league had no problem making a call against Varejao.
Both players received their first warning of the season and will be fined $5,000 if a second flopping violation occurs this season.
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