Pacers’ West, Stephenson fined for anti-flopping violations

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Two Indiana players were fined Thursday for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rules during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

David West and Lance Stephenson were issued $5,000 fines for their first flopping violation in Tuesday’s 99-92 Pacers victory against the Miami Heat.  The Heat’s LeBron James was also issued the fine.

The league defines “flopping” as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. Any player who commits a flop during the 2013 Playoffs will be fined $5,000 for the first violation, $10,000 for the second, $15,000 for the third and $30,000 if a fourth is committed.

In addition to the anti-flopping violation, a Flagrant 1 foul was called on West for his hit on Heat guard Dwayne Wade.