Game 4 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers may not have featured the physicality of the defending champ's second round series versus the Chicago Bulls but the intensity has been rising since Game 1.
Now, the NBA has handed down fines for Heat superstar LeBron James and Pacers guard Lance Stephenson and forward David West for their apparent flopping during Game 4.
LeBron, Stephenson and West were each fined $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping rules. Videos of the flops were made available by the NBA on their site.
According to the NBA's official press release announcing the anti-flopping rules last October, "the primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact."
A player's first violation during the regular season is just a warning, with second-time offenders earning the $5,000 slap to the wrist. A third violation is $10,000, the next is $15,000 and a fifth flop violation will set a player back $30,000. In the playoffs, there is no warning and a first-time offender already gets the $5,000 fine with each subsequent infraction rising in value the same as in the regular season.
If a player violates the anti-flopping rule five times or more, they will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.