For the second time in his rookie season, the Charlotte Hornets’ P.J. Hairston has been cited for flopping by the NBA.
This second violation of the anti-flopping rule will cost Hairston a $5,000 fine.
The play in question came with about 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s home loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Hairston was picking up reserve point guard Patty Mills defensively after Hornets point guard Brian Roberts was picked off by Tim Duncan near the top of the key.
Hairston stepped in Mills’ path. There was some contact, after which Hairston spun away as if he’d been run over.
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Hairston was previously cited for flopping Nov. 28 in a game against the Golden State Warriors. A first violation each season results in a warning. A second violation results in a $5,000 fine.
If Hairston is cited for a third flopping violation this season, he is subject to a $10,000 fine.
Another Hornet, shooting guard Gary Neal, was cited for flopping during a Dec. 12 game against the Memphis Grizzlies.