NBA announces flopping rules, penalties for playoffs

The NBA will fine players $5,000 for a first flopping offence during the playoffs. A second offence in the post-season will bring a $10,000 fine, which increases to $15,000 for a third and $30,000 for a fourth.

League will fine players $5K for 1st flopping offence

James Harden of the Houston Rockets during a game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 24, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The NBA will fine players $5,000 for a first flopping offence during the playoffs.

The league issued players a warning for a first offence during the regular season, the first time it punished players for trying to fool referees into making calls by exaggerating contact.

The league says Thursday that there were 24 violations during the regular season, with five players getting a $5,000 fine for violating the anti-flopping rule twice.

A second offence in the post-season will bring a $10,000 fine, which increases to $15,000 for a third and $30,000 for a fourth. A player could be suspended if he is ruled to have flopped five or more times.

The NBA defines flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."