Nov 9, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) brings the ball up the court during the first quarter as Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets guard James Harden fined $5,000 for flopping (Video)


Less than a week ago, we brought you word that Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden had garnered a “warning” from the NBA for flopping, but on Monday, that warning escalated to something tangible.

Well, that was definitely quick.

Harden’s escalation to a full-on fine is representative of his second violation, but according to multiple sources, this one occurred during Houston’s 107-94 loss to the Clippers on Saturday. Here’s a look at Harden’s (blatant) flop in action:

To be honest, it’s not a surprise to see Harden using alternate methods in search of some sort of defensive resistance, as he is now well-known for his limitations on that end of the court. Still, this was a pretty blatant display, and it’s a bit surprising for someone who had been publicly warned less than a week prior to this game.

The NBA is certainly displaying a willingness to fine anyone and everyone by taking Harden (who is one of the game’s best players) to task, and the league’s anti-flopping stance is firmly in tact.

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