NBA fines Heat’s Dwyane Wade for flop on Spurs' Manu Ginobili
With a little more than four minutes remaining in the second quarter and San Antonio leading 37-34, Ginobili swiped at the ball as Wade held it near midcourt. Ginobili appeared to make only light contact with the ball and/or Wade's hand, but Wade reacted as if he had been struck in the face or poked in the eye.
Wade's embellished reaction, which was lustily booed by Spurs fans, was rewarded with two free throws as Ginobili was whistled for his third foul on the play. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich immediately subbed out Ginobili for Danny Green.
Miami's All-Star guard becomes the fourth player warned for flopping during the 2014 playoffs, joining Spurs center Tiago Splitter, Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (twice).
Wade had not been previously warned or fined for flopping during the 2013-14 season or the 2014 playoffs. During the postseason, the NBA removes the free warning given to floppers and institutes a $5,000 fine on the first violation.
Video via YouTube user NBA Highlights.
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