NBA to fine players for first flop

Updated: April 18, 2013, 8:13 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NBA will fine players $5,000 for a first flopping offense during the playoffs.

The league issued players a warning for a first offense during the regular season, the first time it punished players for trying to fool referees into making calls by exaggerating contact.

The league says Thursday that there were 24 violations during the regular season, with five players getting a $5,000 fine for violating the anti-flopping rule twice.

A second offense in the postseason ...

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