Heads up, Kevin Martin. No more warnings.
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. Martin was one that was tagged twice, which resulted in a $5,000 fine for him. He was the only Thunder player to get one.
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.”