The NBA announced Friday that All-Star Heat forward Chris Bosh has been fined $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping policy during Miami's 109-93 victory over San Antonio in Game 4 of the Finals on Thursday.
Bosh becomes the eighth 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, Thunder guard Derek Fisher, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, Pacers forward David West and Heat forward LeBron James have also been fined during the postseason.
With a little more than six minutes remaining in the second quarter and the Heat leading 41-32, Spurs guard Gary Neal pushed the ball hard upcourt. As he approached the paint, Tim Duncan sealed off Bosh using his right arm, creating a driving lane to the basket for Neal. Bosh took some contact from Duncan's outstretched right arm, but appeared to exaggerate that contact, flinging both of his arms into the air as he crashed to the ground, drawing a foul on Duncan.
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.”
Bosh 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.
Bosh, 29, averaged 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this year. He is on the books for $17.5 million for the 2012-13 season.
NBA commissioner David Stern said last week that he believes that the league's current fine system is "not enough" to prevent flopping.
The Spurs and Heat are now tied at two games apiece in the series. Game 5 is set for Sunday in San Antonio's AT&T Center.