The NBA announced Tuesday that it had fined Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings $5,000 for his second violation of the league's anti-flopping policy. The wallet-lightening offense came during the fourth quarter of Detroit's 116-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night:
After missing a short lefty floater in the lane with just over three minutes remaining in the contest, Jennings watched as Milwaukee forward Jeff Adrien rose for the rebound, waited for Adrien to come down with the ball, leaned in ever so slightly to invite a bump from the descending big man, and then exaggerated the nature of the contact as he hit the deck.
Upon further review, the league's disciplinarians determined that was some sub-regional-theater-level acting, and since Jennings had already been warned once about his simulating ways after a December dive against the Houston Rockets ...
... it was time for him to pay the piper, per the NBA's flopping penalty guidelines:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
Violation 6: Subject to discipline reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension
Jennings finished with 20 points, 13 assists and three rebounds in the win over the Bucks, which improved the Pistons to 27-47 on the season and kept their razor-thin postseason hopes alive. Detroit trails the Atlanta Hawks by 5 1/2 games for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with eight games remaining on the Pistons' schedule; they're 4 1/2 games behind the No. 9 New York Knicks and 2 1/2 games back of the No. 10 Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jennings is the fifth player to receive a fine for flopping this season, joining Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden, Minnesota Timberwolves wing Corey Brewer, Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson and Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers. Twenty-two other players have received warnings this season, with only one — the Hawks' Shelvin Mack — having seen his flopping allegation rescinded by the league office. (Stand tall and proud, Shelvin. Dance, if you'd like.)
The NBA introduced a system to penalize flopping before the 2012-13 NBA season, and upgraded penalties for the playoffs, eliminating the first-flop warning and levying a $5,000 fine after the first violation. Five players received fines during the '12-'13 regular season: former Brooklyn Nets forwards Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea, ex-Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin, and Houston Rockets center Omer Asik. Eight players were dinged during the playoffs: Thunder guard Derek Fisher, Indiana Pacers big man Jeff Pendergraph (now called Jeff Ayres with the San Antonio Spurs), New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen, LeBron James, David West and Stephenson, and Chris Bosh.
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