Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Martin warned about flopping
Martin is the third NBA player to be cited by the league for flopping and the first Thunder player to be found in violation of the new rules.
KEVIN MARTIN WARNED ABOUT FLOPPING
Kevin Martin on Friday received a warning for flopping, the NBA announced.
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Martin became the third NBA player to be cited by the league for flopping and the first Thunder player to be found in violation of the new rules.
The violation occurred with 10:16 remaining in the Thunder's Nov. 12 win at Detroit. Video evidence shows Martin falling to the court despite little to no contact as he launched a 3-point attempt with Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko closing out at him.
Under new rules, a player will be fined $5,000 on his second violation, $10,000 on his third, $15,000 on his fourth and $30,000 on his fifth flopping violation.
For a sixth, and any subsequent, violation of the rule, a player will be subject to discipline to be determined by the league, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
TEMPERS FLARE IN NEW ORLEANS
Just before halftime, Russell Westbrook and Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez were hit with double technical fouls as they began to bark at one another before heading to their respective locker rooms.
As referees and other players attempted to get both players to walk off the court, tempers flared and others joined the fray, including Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant jawing with Hornets coach Monty Williams. Hornets forward Darius Miller also ran into the area and had to be restrained.
Westbrook claimed he didn't see anything that resulted in the technical fouls and said both him and Vasquez were confused.
“I don't know what happened,” Westbrook said. “They just gave us both Ts. It is what it is.”
The incident occurred after 24 minutes of Westbrook and Vasquez battling with intense physicality, with several hard fouls and grappling going on throughout the half.
“We don't play that way,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We play fair. We play hard. And they do the same thing.”
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