Oklahoma City Thunder: Will the real James Harden please stand up?

Thunder defense will dictate which Harden shows up during first-round series.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 18, 2013
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FLOPPING PENALTIES ANNOUNCED

The NBA on Thursday announced penalties for players who violate the league's anti-flopping rules during the playoffs.

Any player who is determined to have committed a flop will be fined $5,000 for the first violation, $10,000 for the second violation, $15,000 for the third violation and $30,000 for the fourth violation. If a player violates the rule five times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstance, including an increased fine and/or suspension, the league announced.

Under league rules, flopping is defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop, the league said, is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.

Thunder guard Kevin Martin and Rockets center Omer Asik were two of the five players who received $5,000 fines for violating the anti-flopping rule twice during the regular season. In its first year, the anti-flopping rule saw 24 violations and 14 players receiving warnings.

TIP-INS

Fox Sports Oklahoma will continue to broadcast Thunder games through the first round. … The Thunder will open every home game of the 2013 NBA Playoffs with Thunder Alley, the pregame festival on Reno Ave. Festivities will include a Budweiser Beer Garden, a skills-and-drills station, inflatable games, appearances by Thunder Girls and Thunder Drummers, face painting, a DJ booth and more. “Thunder Live,” the team's pregame show on Fox Sports Oklahoma, also will be broadcast from Thunder Alley. The event will begin three hours before every home game and conclude as the games begin.

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Collison on playing Harden — “I think everybody's over it now. He's their best scorer. He's a big part of what they do. He's going to probably play against the Thunder 40 more times in his career so eventually everyone's going to have to get over it.”

By Darnell Mayberry


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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