Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for a flop on a foul that was charged to San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, violating the league’s anti-flopping rules during Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals, the league announced Monday.
With 4:09 remaining in the second quarter, Ginobili swatted at the ball and Wade snapped his head back, acting as if he was hit near the head. The referee, behind Wade, called the foul in reaction to Wade’s flop.
I think this was beyond obvious, but good job for Wade for realizing that the ref was moving by him and that he could probably get away with an overreaction there. And he did. In the game. Now, he is literally paying for it.
The funny thing is that later in the game, Manu was handling the ball and acted as if Ray Allen hit him in the face in a lame flop attempt that went on for a couple of seconds before he realized that he wasn’t getting a whistle.
Look, I get that the NBA is going hard on the anti-flopping stuff. It takes away from the integrity of the game and blah blah blah. But every player does it, and every coach is telling them to do it because it may increase the odds of getting the call. I would like to believe that the flops and missed calls end up evening out in the end, but call me an optimist.