By Ben Golliver
The NBA officially warned Rockets forward Patrick Patterson for violating its anti-flopping policy on Monday.
Patterson's flop occurred during the third quarter of a Friday win over the Knicks at the Toyota Center. Knicks center Tyson Chandler attempted a runner in the paint, and Patterson attempted to take a charge by simulating contact, even though Chandler did not make significant contact with his body during the play. Patterson fell quickly to the ground to exaggerate the non-existent impact, but no foul was called on the play.
This type of flop was specifically called out in the NBA's official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Clippers guard Chris Paul was called out for trying to sell a charge.
"As the highlighted defensive player, No. 3 in the red uniform, defends the driving offensive player, he feels slight contact and then launches himself back to the floor," the video's narrator explained. "This reaction by the defensive player is an overembellishment of marginal contact and is intended to draw an unearned offensive foul on his opponent."
Patterson becomes the fifth player warned under the new system, joining Nets forward Reggie Evans, Thunder guard Kevin Martin, Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan. Evans was fined for a second violation last week.
Patterson will now be subject to fines if they are deemed to have violated the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Patterson, 23, is averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Rockets. A 2010 first-round pick out of Kentucky, Patterson is on the books for $1.8 million this season.
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