Hey, remember when Houston Rockets center Omer Asik got called for what appeared to be a pretty dubious offensive foul during the second quarter of Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder? Of course you do! (Remember how I tried to change the name "Thabo Sefolosha" to "Kevin Martin" in the post after being informed that I had 100 percent misidentified the second OKC flopper, only to find that the change didn't take in our publishing system, so it seems like it's going to stay wrong and haunt me forever? Of course you don't!)
In the event you've somehow forgotten the play since the Thunder dispatched the Rockets and moved on to a second-round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, refresh your memory:
Well, it seems the NBA didn't forget about it, announcing Monday evening that it has fined Thunder guard Derek Fisher $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping policy. I'm not entirely sure why it took that long for Stu Jackson and company to mete out their hot brand of discipline, but the delivery of justice, even when delayed, enhances and emboldens us all.
Fisher became the second player penalized under the league's stricter postseason flopping guidelines, joining Indiana Pacers reserve Jeff Pendergraph, who was penalized Sunday for excessive simulation during Game 5 of the Pacers' first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks. If either Fisher or Pendergraph run afoul of the league's anti-flopping statute again, they'll have to cough up $10,000 for a second offense, $15,000 for a third and $30,000 the fourth time they're found guilty of flopping.
Approached for comment about the play, Fisher instinctively dove to the floor to avoid questioning.
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