After Lance Stephenson’s epic flop in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the NBA fined the Indiana Pacers guard $5,000 in an attempt to deter any future transgressions.
Stephenson and Pacers teammate Roy Hibbert apparently didn’t get the message.
Stephenson was back at it in Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Miami Heat, theatrically tumbling to the floor after receiving a rather light shoulder tap from LeBron James.
On Wednesday, the NBA took swift action, fining Stephenson $10,000 for his second flopping violation of the playoffs. The league didn’t stop there, however, also fining Hibbert $5,000 for flopping during the fourth quarter after Heat guard Mario Chalmers nudged him with an elbow during a rebound attempt.
Stephenson and Hibbert didn’t fool the referees, either, as neither player was able to draw a foul. Despite their antics — and there were plenty — the Pacers were able to stave off elimination behind a monster second-half effort from Paul George to force a Game 6 in Miami.
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