Posted June 14, 2013

Heat’s Chris Bosh fined $5,000 for flop in Finals Game 4 against Spurs

2013 NBA Finals, Ben Golliver, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan

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.”

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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.

Video via YouTube user beyondthebuzzercom

52 comments
JustinRogers
JustinRogers

The fine collected should be awarded to the player charged with the foul... It's one thing to get fined, it's another when you're paying your opponent, also multiply these fines by 10 and then we're talking.

vicente
vicente

bosh flop in game 4 will go down in history as the worst flop in an nba finals

gpoobah7117
gpoobah7117

$5,000??? That's like $5 to real people.......how about $500,000? The schmuck won't ever do it again!

KendelJones
KendelJones

Why dont they fine the refs for calling that crap.

kitaguma
kitaguma

1 Flop = start next game against same opponent on 2 fouls.

(The flaw is last game of series is more important than first game next season, but this would be something that hurts on the floor.)

clu
clu

The fines need to be a percentage of salary plus bonuses, rather than a flat fine.  The big stars flop because they can eat the fines that would actually hurt someone making minimum...

PSWE2013
PSWE2013

One of the reasons I can't consider comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordon is because of LeBron 'Flopping' James is a chronic flopper. Michael Jordon never was a flopper.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

The NBA officiating is so bad you can hardly blame these guys. There is no consistency. Against Indiana, they let Hibbert foul the heck out of anyone driving the lane. On the play they hyped up so much when Lebron drove the lane, not only was he not vertical, he elbowed Lebron in the face. Then, when Tim Duncan goes to the basket, shoot, he can get swatted cleanly by D Wade and they will still call a foul and send him to the line. Similarly, Parker drives in, initiates the contact and then flops and he gets the foul and nobody says anything about the flop. It's a complete joke. It's tough to believe with the money they pay these guys and the money the NBA makes, they can't train officials to make consistent calls - especially regarding verticality in the lane.

JoJo24
JoJo24

The Heat are the biggest floppers in the NBA. The refs know it and the fans know. Why do they get away with it?

marxjgm
marxjgm

They need to start suspensions after the 3rd or 4th regardless if it takes of the time in between

flops, also i think the refs need to be held accountable for falling for this.

6marK6
6marK6

In soccer, the flop or "dive" has become part of the game. They say it is a violation and will get your carded, but they call one out of fifty (if that). Glad to see the NBA stepping up, that stuff really hurts the game.

3runner3
3runner3

What's with Van Gundy anyhow? It would be interesting if the announcers kept their opinions about fouls, flops, blocks, etc. to themselves during the broadcast.  No way will I not believe that their comments have a bearing on Stern's decisions.  It seems everybody wants to be the reincarnation of Howard Cosell and "tell it like it is".

3runner3
3runner3

I believe SA wins the popularity game up in here.

L7
L7

I'd also like to see coaches fined for player flops. Let's not presume that the players are taking the initiative here.

PurpleDragon5150
PurpleDragon5150

They didnt show the angle that was shown during the live broadcast where u can clearly see a generous gap between duncans arm and bosh. I love the heat and it was a good flop, but a flop is a flop. I only question if Bosh will wipe his @$$ with the check prior to sending it. That more or less describes what 5000 means to him and most of the heat.

underdog19
underdog19

Here is the deal...if you look closely at the play you will notice that Chris bosh had no choice. He had to jump out of the way because his leg was planted firmly on the ground and wade was coming and if bosh didn't jump, wade would of collided with bosh's leg, possibly hurting him. You have to look closely though, just saying.

ChickenChamp
ChickenChamp

Miami Heat championship asterisks-

2012 *lockout season

2013* flop season

BigFred
BigFred

That's not enough and they know it. The board knows that is only pocket change to them they need to be strict and have a no tolerance policy for flopping. This is how i would handle it.

Violation 1: $30,000 fine + 1 game suspension
Violation 2: $50,000 fine + 2 game suspension
Violation 3: $75,000 fine + 3 game suspension
Violation 4: 90,000 fine + Board Meeting to discuss further actions.


vicente
vicente

the fines for the finals should be adjusted to an immediate one game suspension for a flopping violation 

vicente
vicente

the funniest thing about the bosh flop was even james who is a master of flopping could not believe the refs fell for it and had that buffled look on his face of "what the f@#* are you doing down there CB?" when he saw bosh on the floor

Hola
Hola

If the refs weren't so stupid, crooked, and inept, the wouldn't call it.  I say continue to flop.  If you want to stop flopping, get better officials.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

That fine is about 1 minute of "work" for him.  That would be like fining most people a quarter or 50 cents.

mrlecorbeau
mrlecorbeau

So a lost chance to score for the Spurs for a mere $5K, So you could flop every time the Spurs have the ball and buy the game for 400K. Heat make that in t-shirt sales in a day.

Another psuedo-penalty that means nothing courtesy of Stern, master of the illusion of fairness.

5K is chump change in a game like this.

DunnDro
DunnDro

How is it that none of the Heat players are not up to 5 violations? They have been flopping during the entire playoffs. What an embarrassment for the NBA. 

doreynoldstx
doreynoldstx

i dont think he flopped at all. look at his legs. at one point both his feet are in the air and both are caught on each side, one by duncan and one by wade, he might have exaggerated it, but he was gonna go down anyway.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Bosh should have been suspended for a game for that preposterous flop last night. That is CHEATING, plain and simple. It is not clever play or a "heads-up" move by the player. It resulted in a foul being called and a basket negated. It was the point at which I turned the game off. Each time I start to watch the NBA again it is not long before garbage play and bad officiating turns me off.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@3runner3 he's brought in to talk about the game and his views, he's not the play by play guy. been like this for years. 

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@3runner3 He stinks. I'd much rather hear Barkley and Kenny than the bozos they have calling the Finals.

Thomas60
Thomas60

@BigFred I like your reasoning BigFred, definitely need to add some zeros to the back of the numbers. The amount taken is truly pocket change to these Prima Donnas

Rude6
Rude6

Okay lets just say SA lost by 14 and not 16 and call it even he got fined and thats good enough it w

Rude6
Rude6

Okay lets just say SA lost by 14 and not 16 does make you feel any better he got fined and thats good enough they lost either way.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius According to LaBaby flopping is part of Miami Game plan and the 1st the go over before every part is flopping..and or acting.....

bryandepalma10
bryandepalma10

you don't understand butterfly effect do you? how about basketball momentums? 


that San Antonio basket right there that wasn't counted because of the flop doesn't mean you'll only just deduct 2 points from the final score. who knows if that basket was counted, San Antoino goes on a run or Miami gets rattled. 

we will never know.

 but don't be naive that Bosh' flop only cost the spurs 2 points.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@RobertJacke @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius LaBaby never said flopping was part of Miami's game plan, he said he doesn't agree with it (then was caught flopping a couple of games later), but knows it's part of the game.

3runner3
3runner3

Not really. I'm just an old squirrel trying toget a nut

3runner3
3runner3

Not really. I'm just an old squirrel trying toget a nut