Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports announced the news on Twitter:
Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been fined $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping rules during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 9, 2014
Of course, that fine is a mere pittance for Wade considering his salary for this season, per Grantland's Jonah Keri:
Based on 2014 salary, that's equivalent of $13.49 if you make $50K RT @ZachLowe_NBA League fines Wade $5000 for embarrassing flop last night— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) June 9, 2014
Many fans saw this coming following the play in question.
In the second quarter of Game 2, Manu Ginobili attempted to knock the ball out of Wade's grasp. He failed, making contact with Wade's hand, only for the Heat guard to fling his head back to make it appear as if he were hit in the face.
"He took a swipe and he hit me," Wade said Monday, before the fine was announced (per The Associated Press, via ESPN.com). "It was a late call by the ref, but he called it."
Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald thought Wade's flop hearkened back to poorly made karate movies of yesteryear:
Wade's flop from Game 2. It's like a scene from one of those classic 1970s B-rated Kung-Fu movies. http://t.co/qB1yZNJUPs— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) June 9, 2014
Mark Schanowski of Comcast SportsNet Chicago joked that the obviousness of the flop should've meant a harsher punishment:
Wade's flop was so egregious, they should have have fined him 50 grand & issue a public apology.— Mark Schanowski (@MarkSchanowski) June 9, 2014
Ginobili was whistled for a foul on Wade's flop, which was his third foul of the game. He was promptly replaced on the court by Danny Green.
Wade would almost certainly take that trade any day of the week, essentially paying $5,000 to get one of San Antonio's key players out of the game for the final four minutes of the half.
According to the NBA's anti-flopping rules, he is looking at a $10,000 fine if he picks up his second violation this postseason.
Whether this fine will impact Wade moving forward remains to be seen. On the other hand, it might force the referees to keep a closer eye on him for the remainder of the series. However, with a Game 2 victory in hand, Wade will likely gladly pay the fine after drawing level with the Spurs on Sunday.
The Heat host the Spurs for Game 3 on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET with the series knotted at 1-1.