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Pacers’ Jeff Pendergraph first to be fined $5K for flopping in the playoffs (VIDEO)

May 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Jeff Pendergraph of the Pacers has become the first player to be fined for a flop in the playoffs, thanks to his falling down while defending Josh Smith during Game 5 of Indiana’s first round series against the Hawks.

There are no more warnings for flopping in the postseason, remember, and any offense is immediately issued a fine of $5,000, which will escalate with each subsequent infraction.

While this is clearly a flop, these aren’t the plays that need to be punished.

The referees weren’t fooled into whistling Smith for a foul on the play, and Smith scored easily once Pendergraph took himself out.

What the league needs to focus on are plays where a flop influences the official into making an incorrect foul call, or ones that are at a level so ridiculous that they become an embarrassment to the sport.

  1. pudgalvin - May 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Reggie Evans better be the second player for the elbow he pretended to take from boozer last night.

  2. libertarianvoter - May 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    “the league needs to focus on are plays where a flop influences the official into making an incorrect foul call, or ones that are at a level so ridiculous that they become an embarrassment to the sport.”

    That WAS at a ridiculously embarrassing level for the sport, Brent. That he wasn’t even able to trick the half-blind fools with whistles into calling a foul is more evidence of what a horrible flop it was.

  3. michaeljordanseviltwin - May 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Any time an NBA player falls backward its a flop. If you fail to put one foot behind you to catch your backward momentum then you are flopping.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - May 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Kevin Martin deserves three fines for TODAY ALONE.

  5. observingii - May 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Martin deserves to be fined for flopping even on the practice court. Touch him on the wrist and he dives into the third row.

  6. mazblast - May 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I’m still waiting for the first fine for one of the designated stars for their flops on drives to the basket. I doubt that it will happen while Stern or one of his henchmen are running the league.

  7. savvybynature - May 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    What a joke. There has been plenty of flopping besides this one.

  8. flyrocket31 - May 5, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    see Derek Fisher every possession in the Rockets series.

  9. 1heatedtoombrayduh - May 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Did anyone notice the JR smith flop yesterday..Bad thing about it is i think even the commentators pointed out via slo mo instant replay lol

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