The NBA announced Friday that Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been fined $5,000 for flopping during a 93-89 loss to the Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on May 21.
Allen becomes the fourth player fined under the league's stiffer postseason policy, which eliminated the free warning given during the regular season and assesses escalating fines for each subsequent offense. During the regular season, 19 players were warned for flopping and five of those received fines for a second offense. Knicks guard J.R. Smith, Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph and Thunder guard Derek Fisher have also been fined during the postseason.
With a little less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Zach Randolph came up with the loose ball after a Spurs turnover and tossed it ahead to Allen, who had already leaked out behind Manu Ginobili and had a clear path to the basket. Rather than concede the lay-up, Ginobili yanked Allen's left forearm, preventing the conclusion of a shot attempt and sending the All-Defensive First Teamer crashing to the court. There, Allen rolled around and held his head, even though replays indicated that he didn't hit his head on the court. The referees ruled that Ginobili was guilty of a flagrant foul 1 on the play, awarding Allen two shots and giving possession to the Grizzlies ball. The sequence enabled the Grizzlies to make up a four-point deficit and force overtime.
This type of flop was specifically noted in the NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari was called out for trying to sell an offensive foul in a similar manner.
"While defending against a legal ball screen, the defensive player, No. 8 in the white uniform, absorbs solid contact from the screener," the video's narrator explained. "However, the reaction by No. 8 which includes a flail, a spin, a fall to the floor and an apparent display of injury was a gross over-embellishment and was inconsistent with the degree of contact received on the play."
Allen will now be subject to the postseason fine scale for flopping.
Violation 1: $5,000 fine
Violation 2: $10,000 fine
Violation 3: $15,000 fine
Violation 4: $30,000 fine
If a player violates the anti-flopping rule five times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Allen, 31, averaged 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists for the Grizzlies this season.
Game 3 of the Western Conference finals is set for Saturday.