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Pacers’ Lance Stephenson fined $5,000 by league for flopping

Jan 21, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

He may be on his way to the All-Star Game as a reserve (that’s not set in stone but it seems likely, more on that later in the week) but Lance Stephenson is still drawing the ire of the league.

Indiana’s Stephenson was fined $5,000 by the league on Tuesday for flopping — it was his second violation of the season, so he gets a slap on the wrist fine. Here is the incident in question: Notice Klay Thompson tries to put a body on him to keep him out of the play, and Stephenson goes down like there was a sniper in the luxury boxes. The referees were not buying it, there was no call (the refs let the Pacers and Warriors get playoff game physical).

Stephenson’s first flop warning from the league came from a play against Kyle Lowry of the Raptors earlier in the season.

Stephenson becomes the third player to be fined by the league this season, joining James Harden and Corey Brewer. If the league determines any of them flop again, they get a $10,000 fine. There have been 18 other players warned by the league who have not had a second offense and drawn a fine yet.

These little fines are not going to deter any players from doing this if they think they can draw a call, especially in the playoffs or bigger games.

  1. antistratfordian - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    This is a relevant comment from another site that I enjoyed, so I would like to share it here:

    Of course I like pg but the pacers who were anti heat are becoming heat like with photo bombing flopping showboating now this I swear if pacers get bumped in the first round which is possible that would be the biggest reality check ever

    • notinmyhouse56 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Anti you must be really doing your pants while thinking of facing the Pacers in the offseason… Otherwise you wouldn’t go as far as to delude yourself that they will make a first round exit. Cheers

      • antistratfordian - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        ?? That’s not my comment. That’s a comment from a Paul George fan – I just thought it was interesting. I don’t think the Pacers will lose in the first round, but he does.

      • casualcommenter - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        “?? That’s not my comment. That’s a comment from a Paul George fan – I just thought it was interesting. I don’t think the Pacers will lose in the first round, but he does.”

        You’re missing the point of the comment you claim to find so interesting. That guy doesn’t just think the Pacers will lose in the first round. He thinks they’ll lose because they’re flopping and showboating “like the Heat” (your favorite team).

        In other words, he’s dissing your team. So if you really think his opinion is credible, then I guess we should expect to be seeing a lot of, “LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are floppers” comments from you, right?

    • bougin89 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      This is classic.

  2. dynasonic - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Kind of hard to make any judgement with this angle and the 100 dpi resolution.

  3. orlandochamps - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    pussy.

  4. frank35sox - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Oh Jesus, No! Not “Now This!” What has Indiana become?!?

  5. orlandochamps - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    lol i swear i thought it said 500,000

  6. dolphindubs - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    What?! Other teams, other players besides those on the Heat flop?! Noooooo….that can’t be right, right?

    • ranfan12 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Should pull and antistratfordian and make a logical explanation(excuse) for why he flopped

  7. dannymac17 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    But I thought only the Clippers and Heat were a bunch of floppers?

  8. buddydeath - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I wait he’d the whole game. Players were falling the whole game. The announcers even mentioned there was no ice under the court and seemed quite confused as to why it was happen ending.
    There was not a foul called on this play and was a non factor. Seems very strange to fine him on this.

    • Jeff - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

      This.

  9. theromeo2k - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    The Pacers hate the Heat for a bunch of different reasons, but Flopping ain’t one…

  10. gostlcards5 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Kurt, your description has more than a bit of hyperbole. Thompson puts his shoulder in and pushes out with his arms. That being said, the overacting by Lance is clear, as that contact was not close to being enough to make him flop onto his butt.

    Clear trend in the NBA. The Heat may be the best at getting these calls, but everyone does it.

  11. lmarks77 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    I like the Pacers but they get away with so much fouling because the NBA affirms they are a great defensive team. I heard the same from Pacer fans when they got burned by the Spurs and Heat on fouls the announcers say were great defensive plays. Lance and West are borderline dirty players and as great as he is it is sad to see Paul George playing super star, mugging for the camera and all around getting full of himself. Put those together and you will not beat the Heat. I hope you do beat the Heat but the team is gathering payback when the second part of the season begins after the break. The team is a great one but they are not great enough to afford playing Hollywood and still win. Over the years I have seen many players and team fall when they try to Hollywood. Tyreke Evans, the 49er and Kapp, and the Warriors generally lose when they act like they are better than they are and the league in general.

    Remember folks it is great entertainment but every team only goes as far as the money they generate for the NBA corporation. Enjoy the show.

  12. gofinsgoheatfloria - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Last year’s NBA finals were between TV market #16 and TV market #37. If the NBA is trying to stack the game in favor of larger markets, they aren’t doing it very well.

  13. dbfan4ever - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Only 18 have been warned! I see many players flop all the time

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