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Tiago Splitter fined $5,000 for flop against Ibaka (VIDEO)

May 28, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

Tiago Splitter is a big, powerful center. He doesn’t go down easily and can absorb a lot of physicality.

Except when Serge Ibaka touched him near the elbow with 7:30 left in the second quarter of Game 4 Tuesday night. Ibaka put his hand on Splitter’s chest to create a little space so he could receive the pass and Splitter went down like Glass Joe.

Wednesday the NBA responded with a $5,000 flopping fine for Splitter.

It was well earned. That’s a flop.

As we like to mention here, the fine is so small that should Splitter decide a flop could help his cause in getting a future call he would do it again without hesitation. Especially in a key playoff game like the next one coming up for the Spurs (who are tied with the Thunder 2-2).

  1. whitwarren - May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Thunder Up.

  2. RavenzGunnerz - May 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    The Whole Spurs organization should simply send their credit card number to the NBA and subscribe for monthly automated payments… Ginobil, Parker, etc.. they all flop, all the time.

  3. antistratfordian - May 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    That’s a pretty funny one. Parker has Ginobili have more entertaining ones than that, though.

  4. savvybynature - May 28, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    More meaningless, arbitrary enforcement of the league office’s least favorite rule.
    Someone has to get fined every few weeks or so I guess, just to make it look like the league is actually paying attention.

  5. thomasvanek - May 28, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I saw that during the game and I was hoping for a replay or at least the announcers saying something about it, but to no avail. I’m gald it got recognition somewhere though.

  6. engh533 - May 28, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Let’s face it… players on all teams flop! And the reason why is because they have been taught since the time they started playing organized try and influence the officials to make calls that will go in their favor because in doing that they are helping their team gain an advantage.Flopping is a terrible name for this because it gives the impression that the player is trying to show the officials up.when in reality. .they are just trying to sell the call to gain the advantage. Good Referees know their jobs and they know when to make the correct call.when a player goes down untouched he gives up the an advantage for his team and the pays for it.And this the risk a player takes when he tries to use gamesmanship!!

    • cramsinned - May 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Selling a call is also a nature in basketball. Refs aren’t perfect so there are times that they won’t see all the fouls being committed by players. If you’re a player and you get fouled multiple times without any calls being made, it will make you frustrated. Thus, some will resort to exaggerate contact so the refs would know that there’s a foul.

  7. jzone954 - May 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    LOL!@ ravenz comment. That’s pretty funny

  8. longtallsam - May 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Maybe it was a flop, but certainly not the most obvious I have seen. He did get a forearm into the chest, and his head did whiplash pretty severely. Certainly not in the league with many of Lebron’s, where he flops without even being touched!

    • beach305 - May 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      I knew someone would bring lebron into this…lol

  9. azarkhan - May 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Tiago, stop LeBronning (no one does it like the King!).

  10. tombstone7 - May 29, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Shaun Battier is a professional FLOPPER….have gotten one fine!

    The rest speaks for itself.

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