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

Flopping in basketball is similar to diving in football, and involves the player looking to draw a foul from an opponent by simulating contact.

During the regular season NBA players were given warnings for first offences - the first time the league punished its players for trying to trick referees into calling fouls by making the most from contact.

And the NBA announced that there were 24 violations of the flopping rule during the regular season, with five players drawing the $5,000 fines for flopping at least twice through the campaign.

But throughout the playoffs a first offence will no longer merit a warning, and will instead be met with an initial $5,000 fine.

A second offence will result in a $10,000 fine, a third $15,000 and a fourth offence a $30,000 fine. Five or more flops will draw a suspension from the league.

According the the NBA rules, a flop is "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."

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