NBA unveils anti-flopping rules for playoffs

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The NBA unveiled an anti-flopping disciplinary schedule Thursday that will be used during the 2013 Playoffs.

In the postseason, players will be fined $5,000 for a first offense, $10,000 for a second, $15,000 for a third and $30,000 for a fourth. Beyond that, a player is subject to an increased fine and/or suspension.

The league defines flopping as a physical act intended to gain a foul call on another player. In order to determine whether a player committed a flop, a referee must decide whether "a player's physical reaction to contact is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact."

An anti-flopping rule was adopted at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, and garnered 24 violations affecting 14 players. Five players received a $5,000 fine for violating the rule twice.

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