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Knicks Guard J.R. Smith Fined For Flopping

Smith Fined $5,000 For Exaggerating Contact In Game 1
J.R. Smith of the Knicks. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

J.R. Smith of the Knicks. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for a flop during Game 1 of their playoff matchup against the Indiana Pacers.

Smith was defending Pacers guard Lance Stephenson when he ran into a pick set by David West. Smith fell to the court and wildly threw his arms up, exaggerating the contact and fooling the referee into believing it was much more severe than it really was.

He was suspended earlier this playoffs for elbowing Jason Terry of the Boston Celtics.

The NBA instituted a system of penalties for flopping this season. The Sixth Man of the Year on Friday became the third player to be fined during the postseason, following Indiana’s Jeff Pendergraph and Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher.

A video of the incident is posted on nba.com/official.

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