By Ben Golliver
Brewer's flop occurred with just less than one minute remaining in the first quarter of a 107-92 win over the Clippers at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night. Brewer chased Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe in transition, absorbing a slight bump from Bledsoe's shoulder as the two crossed the three-point line. Brewer then embellished the contact, flailing and spinning away from Bledsoe while throwing his arms into the air. The referees assessed Bledsoe with an offensive foul 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 in a similar manner.
“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.”
Brewer becomes the 13th player to be warned this season, joining Spurs guard Tony Parker, Sixers guard Royal Ivey, Bucks center Gustavo Ayon, Rockets center Omer Asik, Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, Nets forward Gerald Wallace, Kings forward Patrick Patterson, Nets forward Reggie Evans, Thunder guard Kevin Martin, Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan.
Brewer will now be subject to fines if he violates 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.
Brewer, 27, is averaging 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the Nuggets. He is on the books for $3.2 million this season. Video via YouTube user BasketInfos