J.R. Smith is being singled out for more than just his recent shooting woes. The Knicks shooting guard was fined by the NBA $5,000 for flopping late in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against Indiana on Sunday on a play in which Smith was trying to fight through a screen set by David West while tracking Lance Stephenson. After running into West, Smith fell hard to the floor, in a somewhat overstated manner, drawing a foul on the play and the ire of the league office, which penalized him on Friday. The NBA has increased its penalties for flopping this season and has continued its vigilance this postseason with Smith becoming the third player to be fined after Indiana's Jeff Pendergraph and Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher.
J.R. Smith gets hit with a $5,000 fine for Game 1 flop
New York Daily News | May 10