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The league is slapping"Born Ready" with a fine for his recent theatrics.
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping rule for a second time this season, the league announced Tuesday.
The violation occurred with just under two minutes left in the game. George Hill rose for a long range jumper and Stephenson appeared to crash towards the rim for a weakside rebound. Warriors guard Klay Thompson finds Stephenson to box him out, and put his hands on Stephenson slightly. Stephenson then flailed to the ground.
Stephenson became the third player to draw a fine for a flop this season, joining Rockets guard James Harden and Timberwolves wing man Corey Brewer.
The Pacers guard is no stranger to acting. A few weeks ago, he drew a loose ball foul on Kyle Lowry when he went springing out of bounds after Lowry nudged him. A quick "Lance Stephenson flop" search on YouTube brings a few pages of Golden Globe-worthy performances.
Stephenson is also the first player to be fined twice for flopping. He was fined during last year's playoffs for the "phantom elbow flop" in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.
This is kind of becoming his thing.
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