Cavaliers Have Standing $100 Fine for Biting on DeMar DeRozan Pump Fake

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) looks on during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 106-98. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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DeMar DeRozan has one of the NBA's best pump fakes. The Cleveland Cavaliers did everything they could to not bite on it in Tuesday night's 113-112 Game 1 win—and for good reason.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported the Cavs have instituted a $100 fine for every time a player bites on a DeRozan pump fake during their second-round series.

"I'm not trying to give up that money," Tristan Thompson said. "I just had a kid, so I'm just trying to save up for their college tuition." 

Fines like this are not uncommon and continue a trend for the Cavs. Coach Ty Lue instituted the $100 fine last year for every time a player fell for a pump fake by DeRozan or Kyle Lowry.

The fine amounts to little more than a public shaming; a $100 bill for an NBA player is something akin to a dime for an average citizen.

But it's a sign of respect to DeRozan, who will find his way onto some MVP ballots after leading the Raptors to a 59-23 regular-season record. DeRozan finished sixth in the NBA in free throws attempted this season and has averaged at least seven per game each of the last five years.