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Knicks’ J.R. Smith fined $5,000 for flop against Pacers

May 10, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

You want to know why guys flop? It works.

It worked here for J.R. Smith in Game 1 between the Pacers and Knicks. He got the call. On Friday he also got a $5,000 fine for the flop, the league announced.

In the fourth quarter of that game, Smith is trying to follow Lance Stephenson over the top of a David West pick and sells he was hit like an actor in a spaghetti western. It was called a flop on the air. Because it was.

It also got the call. The Pacers went on to win the game, but there are going to be guys willing to take the fine for key calls as the playoffs move on.

Already these playoffs the Pacers’ Jeff Pendergraph has been fined for flopping, as was Derek Fisher. The slumping Smith wins the bronze medal for being the third to join the group.

  1. reesesteel23 - May 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Pretty funny. I bet after he got the call…….”Damn, I wonder if Stern saw it though”

    • fanofevilempire - May 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      speaking about Knickerbockers, did they cancel the rest of the series?

      the Heat traveled to Chicago and still play before the Knickerbockers /Pacers
      wtf is going on?

  2. vamoalperreo - May 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Lol.if Allan Iverson was playing now with this flop rule he would have been more broke

    • fanofevilempire - May 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      that is not funny…….

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    No flop. West, like Garnett, loves to throw out his hip setting 30 illegal screens per game. He blindsided him.

    Where are the fines for Kevin Martin, Kevin Durant, Tiago Splitter, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, GARY NEAL and Manu Ginobili for the OBVIOUS flops they’ve had not only in the 1st Round, but in the first two games of their respective series? I mean, OBVIOUS FLOPS?

    • gostlcards5 - May 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      I agree and disagree with both Kurt and you, Mr. Wright.
      – JR did indeed flop. He way oversold the hit. (it was great to watch in slow-mo)
      – I agree that the foul was called because DWest stuck his hip out as JR was coming by. It was clear at game speed, much less in the replay. Incidentally, since there was a foul (and since the reason for that was clear), I think it’s BS that they fined JR.

    • lmoneyfresh - May 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Just curious. Do any knicks players ever do anything wrong in your eyes?

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        yes, shoot poorly (JR, Melo), get out-muscled (Chandler, often, of late), throwing the ball away (Kidd), refusing to play Cope sooner (Coach).

        Stop trying to pull my card. It doesn’t work.


        No flop.

    • andyhr17 - May 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      It must be fascinating to see the world through your eyes. Most of us just live in boring reality.

      • sun602 - May 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Mr. Wright,

        Like you, I am a huge Knick fan. But being a fan doesn’t mean you need to put a shade over your eyes. That was a clear flop on JR and I think you know it.

        If you always blame others for the Knicks issues or deny when they are at fault you just become like the boy who cried wolf and reduce the value of real complaints when they are necessary.

        Go Knicks!

    • dexterismyhero - May 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      You are an idiot. It was a flop and nobody is trying to pull your card whatever the F$$k that means you homer.

      • infectorman - May 10, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Knick fan on knick fan crime….priceless

    • jolink653 - May 10, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Dude, can you please stop doing what you’re doing? I’m a huge Knicks fan too, but I’m really sick of seeing you complain about the refereeing, the way opposing teams play the Knicks, fines that don’t go the Knicks way, etc.. By doing stuff like this, you make the rest of our fanbase look bad. Sometimes the Knicks aren’t gonna win, and it’s almost never because they got screwed by the refs, the other team, Stern, or whoever. Accept the fact that every team loses, the Knicks included, and that no one is out to get them. Give credit to the other team sometimes when it is due

  4. bleedburgandyandgold - May 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I like watching the flops in slow motion the faces they make are priceless lol

  5. pacific123ocean - May 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    The officials should be fined for falling for the flop.

  6. patsfan15 - May 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    sometimes it’s hard to read these articles with all the grammatical errors.

  7. eventhorizon04 - May 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    (Not a Knicks fan)
    So there are two types of “flops.”

    1. Pretending there was physical contact when there was no contact. (See Chris Paul’s flop against Demarcus Cousins for the “textbook” example of this)

    2. Exaggerating a potential foul to persuade the referees to call a foul when it’s a 50-50 call.

    This falls to category 2: West was still sliding over as Smith crossed paths with him, and West did lean into Smith, making it a borderline personal foul (though that’s often not called as a foul by the referees).

    Smith felt the contact from West, wanted the referees to call West for a moving screen, so he decided to act as if West had hip-checked him at full-force.

    So I do think it was technically a foul, but it’s one of those “fouls” that guys who are known as “great screeners” (Kevin Garnett, Andrew Bogut, etc.) get away with regularly.

  8. acdc363 - May 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Holy crap LOL that is a contender for flop of the year!

    Van Gundy is classic too “looked like a flop to me… was.”

    Good old Knicks!

  9. ambitoos - May 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    He was probably thinking about laying with RiRi.

  10. marcusfitzhugh - May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Smith gets fined $5K for flopping. Mario Chalmers grabs Noah by the neck and gets what? A post-dated flagrant? “Maybe” Chamers will “eventually” get a fine. If so, why does it take less time to decide to charge $5K for a flop than it does for going after a guy’s neck?

    I understand the flop. It’s exaggerating, embellishing, or overstating the degree to which a player was bumped during the course of a normal play in basketball. What part of “normal play” is going for the neck? If it’s not normal play (and the flagrant proves its not), then whats the holdup on the fine?

    • hughesdesign2013 - May 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Because the flop fine is in the rule book.

  11. jghouse69 - May 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    So a millionaire gets fined 5k and (wright212) start pointing out everyone else who might have done something like a little kid. But he dis it too….lol he’s rich, I think he can afford it. its just 5k

    • kavika6 - May 11, 2013 at 4:19 AM

      One less prostitute for Smith. No big deal to him.

  12. dysraw1 - May 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Knicks don’t flop

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