Posted May 10, 2013

Knicks’ J.R. Smith fined $5,000 for flopping

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The NBA fined New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule in a May 5 game against the Indiana Pacers.

The play happened with about three minutes left in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals as the Pacers led 97-86.

Smith was guarding the Pacers’ Lance Stephenson as the guard was driving to the basket on a pick set by Pacers forward David West. Smith ran into West and proceeded to flop to the ground.

The series is tied 1-1 after New York’s Game 2 victory. Game 3 is Saturday night in Indianapolis.


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