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NBA issues first two flopping warnings

Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea was issued a warning for flopping on Monday. His next violation will cost him $5,000. (David Sherman/NBA/Getty Images)

The NBA issued its first two flopping warnings of the season, one going to Minnesota Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and the other going to guard Donald Sloan of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The league defines flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."

The NBA instituted the flopping rules last month saying they "had no place in the game." Barea and Sloan will be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.
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