Chris Bosh Fined $5,000 for Flopping in Game 4 of NBA Finals
Chris Bosh had a huge game for the Miami Heat in their series-tying, NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, scoring 20 points and nabbing 13 rebounds in 38 minutes.
He will also make a small donation to the NBA's anti-flopping fund before Game 5 begins.
As reported by CBS Sports' Ken Berger, the league fined Bosh $5,000 for violating its flopping policy during Miami's 109-93 Game 4 win that tied the finals at 2-2:
Chris Bosh has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's flopping policy in Game 4.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 14, 2013
Bosh came through big for the Heat during the victory, scoring 20 points for just the second time this postseason. His defense was also on point, as he totaled two blocks, added two steals, changed shots at the rim and dove on the floor for loose balls.
Despite the positives, his second-quarter flop was one of the low points of the night.
He drew a foul on Tim Duncan when both were jockeying for rebounding position in the middle of the frame, throwing both arms in the air and falling to the court like he was snipered from the rafters after some contact occurred.
Bleacher Report's Twitter also had this GIF of the incident:
The NBA has fined Miami's Chris Bosh $5,000 for this flop during Game 4. GIF: http://t.co/XFNwTSQxTE— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 14, 2013
This tweet from Kevin Durant had to be in consideration by the league after watching the replay:
Crazy flop by bosh ahaha too funny— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 14, 2013
The foul call was a microcosm of the game for the Spurs, who couldn't find the same magic on Thursday that had previously led them to a 2-1 series advantage.
Although this is Bosh's first flopping offense, it's not the first time we've seen him go down in Shakespearean fashion during the middle of a game. He did the same thing against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, as noted by ESPN's Tom Habertstroh:
Nightmare sequence for Bosh. Blocked at the rim by Hibbert, airballed long 2 and then failed flop leading to West dunk.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 4, 2013
First-time offenders are fined $5,000 by the league after a review of each game tape. Teammate LeBron James has already been caught for flopping during the playoffs (seen here via Ben Golliver of SI.com), and Shane Battier was lucky to not get tagged for a similar offense in Game 4.
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