NBA fines Tony Allen $5,000 for flopping


The NBA will assess a $5,000 fine on Grizzlies guard Tony Allen's egregious flop after hitting the deck in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili clearly committed a foul, which was deemed a flagrant, to prevent an uncontested layup in the waning seconds of San Antonio's 92-89 victory — the flop in question occurred when Allen, his momentum carrying him out of bounds, gesticulated towards his head. Allen's head, replays revealed, never made contact with the court.

Allen hit the ensuing two free throws and the Grizzlies retained possession. Mike Conley hit a right-handed floater with 18.2 seconds to tie the game.

Allen is the fourth player to be tagged with a fine for flopping this postseason, joining Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Pendegraph, Knicks guard J.R. Smith and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher. The NBA's flopping policy tightens in the playoffs, where perpetrators do not receive a warning. Allen will receive a $10,000 fine if he commits another flopping crime in this postseason.