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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In response to the NBA's $5,000 flopping fine on Grizzlies guard Tony Allen after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins conceded the league's anti-flopping rules were appropriate and could possibly be enforced more widely.
"Flopping isn't a part of the game and it shouldn't be a part of the game," Hollins said. "That's why we have rules in place. There are probably a few more that could be called on a lot of people still in it."
The NBA instituted new rules to deter flopping prior to this postseason. A violator will be fined $5,000 after the first infraction, $10,000 after the second, $15,000 after the third and $30,000 after his fourth flopping offense. Any subsequent violations are subject to league discipline. Allen was the fourth player to be issued a fine for flopping during this year's playoffs.
Hollins made clear that the foul committed by San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who grabbed Allen's arm while the Grizzlies guard was airborne, was a flagrant foul irrespective of Allen's subsequent reaction.
"I don't think what happened had anything to do with the referee calling a flagrant foul because he grabbed him out of the air," Hollins said. "Whether he hit his head or didn't hit his head, he grabbed him out of the air, and I don't think that had a bearing, especially when they went and reviewed it, they still called it a flagrant."
After hitting the floor, Allen held his head while appearing to writhe in pain. Video replays showed that Allen's head never made contact with the court. The incident was apparently a source of some amusement in the Grizzlies' camp.
"I almost wanted to laugh on the court, but I was too tired and too focused on the game," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said.
Game 3 of the series is set for Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
In response to the NBA’s $5,000 flopping fine on Grizzlies guard Tony Allen after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, coach Lionel Hollins conceded the league’s anti-flopping rules were appropriate and could possibly be enforced more widely.