Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Corey Brewer has been fined $5,000 for a second violation of the NBA's anti-flopping policy, the NBA announced Monday. The simulation in question took place with 2:51 left in the first quarter of the Wolves' 103-82 home loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday, as Brewer elected to embellish the contact he received from Heat star LeBron James while the two vied for a rebound of a missed Ray Allen 3-pointer:
Brewer had previously been warned for this explosive fall during a Wolves win over the New York Knicks on Nov. 3:
... meaning that going all dead-weight/flailing-arms after being bumped by LeBron will cost him $5,000, per the NBA's flop penalty schedule:
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
Brewer is the second player to be slapped with a flop fine this season. Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden lit this year's candle after just seven games, having to pony up $5,000 in early November after a "collision" with Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin.
The league introduced a system to penalize flopping before the start of the 2012-13 NBA season, and upgraded penalties for last year's playoffs, eliminating the warning strike and hitting simulators with a $5,000 fine from the first transgression. Nineteen players ran afoul of the new rule last season, with the first warnings handed out to J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan, and the first fine levied against Reggie Evans. Four players besides Evans — Gerald Wallace, Barea, Kevin Martin and Omer Asik — received $5,000 flopping fines during the regular season, and eight players — Derek Fisher, Jeff Pendergraph, J.R. Smith, Tony Allen,LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson, and Chris Bosh — were dinged $5,000 during the postseason.
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